When you come to your first-ever brainspotting session, your therapist will begin by getting to know you. Why have you decided to seek treatment? Are there any specific issues you would like to work on? Once these questions are addressed, the therapist will determine what “activation” looks like for you. When you discuss traumatic topics, do you feel stomach pains? Tightness in your chest? This information will help your therapist to identify brainspots throughout the session.
To find your first brainspot, the therapist will ask you to follow a pointer with your eyes. They will move the pointer left, right, up, and down. All you have to do is look at the pointer. Your therapist will be the one monitoring subtle non-verbal cues like blinking, muscle twitches, and microexpressions. Once the spot has been identified, you have the chance to process. You may speak as much or as little as you’d like. When your session has concluded, your therapist may provide you with some grounding before you continue on with your day.