Brainspotting is a therapeutic intervention that can help you explore and process emotions and/or memories. Imagine your mind as a limitless landscape. Within that landscape, you have specific spots or “brain spots” where you might store intense feelings or memories. A trained Brainspotting counselor can assist you in identifying and focusing on those brain spots to facilitate healing.
During a session, you and your counselor will work together to find the right spot that connects to your emotions or experiences. This may involve using eye positions or other methods to pinpoint these areas. By concentrating on brain spots, you can explore and better understand the thoughts and emotions associated with them.
The goal of Brainspotting is to unlock and process unresolved emotions or traumas that may be affecting your well-being. It provides a unique way to access and work through difficult feelings, allowing you to gain insight and move towards emotional healing and positive change.
While Brainspotting is generally considered a safe therapeutic approach, like any form of psychotherapy, there can be some potential risks and considerations. It's important to note that these risks are typically rare and can vary depending on the individual's specific circumstances. Here are some general considerations:
Emotional Intensity – Engaging in any form of therapy, including Brainspotting, can cause intense emotions and memories to rise to the surface. This may be a challenging experience, and it is important to ensure you have appropriate coping skills in place. If you lack healthy coping skills, discuss with your counselor focusing on building up your coping skills toolkit before you begin Brainspotting.
Re-traumatization – There is a potential risk of re-traumatization for individuals who have a history of trauma. Ensure that you and your counselor have worked on creating a safe and supportive environment -inside and outside of the therapy room- before engaging in Brainspotting. Remember, there is no timeline on working through past trauma. It is okay to pace yourself in the healing journey.
Disorientation or Dizziness – Brainspotting uses eye positions and focused mindfulness. Engaging in this focused technique may cause temporary disorientation or dizziness in some individuals. While your counselor will monitor and adjust the process accordingly, it is crucial for you to inform your counselor if you experience these symptoms. Stopping the process to ensure you are oriented may appear to “slow the process”, but it is best for all involved that you are oriented and feeling clear-headed for Brainspotting to be effective.
Unwanted Memories – Old, unwanted memories may also surface during, after, or between Brainspotting sessions. Inform your counselor if this occurs and practice using emotional regulation, self-soothing, and grounding techniques to manage emotions surrounding these potential experiences.
As part of the person-centered care provided at LCS;, Brainspotting therapy is a service you can request or decline. You may find that after a few sessions using this technique that it’s not the best fit for you. And that’s okay. You are a part of your treatment team, and LCS; staff want you to be comfortable with the care you’re receiving. Ask questions. Do the research. Discuss your options. Make an informed decision.