Brainspotting is based on the profound attunement of the therapist with the patient, finding a somatic cue and extinguishing it by down-regulating the amygdala. It isn’t just PNS (Parasympathetic Nervous System) activation that is facilitated, it is homeostasis.
— Robert Scaer, MD, “The Trauma Spectrum”
Brainspotting (BSP) locates points in the client’s visual field, through relevant eye positions, that helps to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. This helps the BSP therapist locate, focus, process and release emotional and physical energy held within the body. BSP taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability. When a Brainspot is stimulated, the deep brain appears to reflexively signal the therapist that the source of the problem has been found. BSP can also be used to find and strengthen our natural resources and resilience. It is similar to EMDR but a great alternative if the eye stimulation of EMDR causes any dysregulation with individuals.