"The eyes are the window to the soul."
"Where you look affects how you feel."
David Grande, Ph.D.
What is Brainspotting?
What is Brainspotting?
Brainspotting harnesses the power of the brain to locate, attend to, and release unresolved emotional and/or physical pain.
Using Brainspotting in conjunction with other psychotherapy modalities can speed up your healing process. In other words, you may not need as many sessions to heal as you would with talk therapy methods alone.
Who does it help?
Brainspotting was developed for use with individuals suffering from severe trauma; but it was first discovered during psychotherapy with a figure skater for performance improvement. Since then it has proven helpful to those seeking help for anxiety, depression, anger, relationship issues, and yes--trauma and athletic or artistic performance enhancement.
Why do we ❤️ Brainspotting?
Many people who have experienced significantly upsetting events don't want to talk about them. Brainspotting is a highly specialized modality with a gentle, client-centered application that does not require you to talk extensively about traumatic experiences. Brainspotting sessions can be silent or they can include verbal witnessing of internal processing. We rely on the brain to know and provide what it needs.
What will Brainspotting be like for me?
During your first few sessions we'll talk about what brings you in and subsequently how psychotherapy typically works for your areas of concerns. We'll also talk about the Brainspotting process, so you'll have a chance to learn and ask questions, compare and contrast to other modalities. One of the exciting aspects of Brainspotting is that the process in the office starts an engine that keeps working long after your session! Because of this phenomenon, we'll also lay some groundwork to ensure you can carry on as usual while the engine runs in the background.
Although your body may not be moving around during a Brainspotting session, your brain is doing a lot of heavy lifting. During a Brainspotting session, some participants initially notice nothing. Others report experiencing body sensations, thoughts, memories, or emotion. Afterwards, you may sense a need to slow down and rest. We will talk about the various signs that your brain and body signal to you that they are doing the hard work of releasing past pain and what you can do about them. When clients notice they feel lifted, relieved, light, content, or happy after Brainspotting sessions, it is likely that their processing is complete.
How can I participate in Brainspotting?
Brainspotting sessions are available both online and in person, in our White Marsh, Maryland office. We love that it compliments new and existing therapeutic relationships quite well! You can participate as part of our psychotherapy regimen or in collaboration with your current therapist. Contact us to schedule your session.
Local practices wishing to offer their clients adjunctive Brainspotting sessions to your clients may contact us to discuss collaborating on- or off-site.