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How Does Brainspotting Therapy Work?


Many people have experienced severe trauma but finding the right treatment method can be challenging for people who are actively suffering due to that fight or flight energy that remains trapped in the body. Brainspotting therapy is a popular alternative method to traditional psychology that targets this energy, and it has helped thousands of people recover from the fetters of PTSD, and other anxiety disorders. The best brainspotting therapy counselors in Los Angeles located at Serenity Trauma have years of experience in helping people make full recoveries from their anxiety disorders using this therapeutic method that kick-starts one’s body with their natural ability to process traumatic experiences and heal.

Brainspotting Therapy Focuses on Where Your Eyes Look

Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but when you feel certain emotions such as sadness, joy, pain, fear, or peace, do your eyes tend to look in certain directions for the various emotions you go through? Go ahead and try to recall a recent event that was upsetting; be sure not to focus on a huge, painful event, focus on something smaller. When you do this, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What thoughts surfaced?
  • What parts of your body house this emotion / where do you feel it?
  • What is the present emotion you are feeling?
  • Where do your eyes tend to go when feeling this emotion?
  • How do you feel when you look up, down, straight ahead, to the right, or to the left?
  • Can you notice any change in your body’s emotional state when looking in a certain direction?
  • Does this change in feeling decrease, grow, move, or transfer into an entirely different feeling?

One of our patients from Malibu, California reflected on a recent event that was moderately upsetting, and he notices that when he looked down and towards the left, he felt more anger and excitement, and while looking upwards and to the right he felt a weight lift from his chest and was in a state for processing the experience. When guided by a skilled brainspotting therapy counselor, these subtleties will be noted and used to help you heal.

So What is a Brainspot and How Does It Play into Healing?

A brainspot is an eye position that gives one better access to their physical and emotional feelings. All people have a brain spot reserved for specific emotions that also tap into our belief system. No brainspot has a concrete fixed position, as one can feel different feelings when looking in the same direction, however, people are usually more connected to certain emotional states when looking in that specific direction. For example, when trying to process a certain traumatic event, such as the moment one received their divorce papers, a brainspot can change locations based on what fine detail of that event is being focused on (why did I have to get served at work, could marriage counseling have prevented this, what would things be like if we had done more things together, I am starting a new chapter in my life that’s for the better).

When brainspotting therapy counselors help a client find a brainspot, the individual can begin to just notice what their thoughts are, identify physical feelings, and pinpoint various emotions before the emotional shift dissipates once everything has been fully processed.

Also keep in mind that thoughts that once felt upsetting in nature would shift to the feeling of being more grounded. So, rather than feeling off balanced from a triggering event, the portion of the traumatic experience would be looked upon in a manner where one feels calmer and ready to engage that element. This helps people actually feel what is happening, opposed to basing their feelings on assumptions about their feelings.

A brainspot is a critical component to treating anxiety because when we notice where our eyes go as we reflect on something, we can dedicate a specific focal point until we fully process the traumatic experience.

Why is Brainspotting Therapy a Good Way to Treat Anxiety?

Brainspotting therapy is determined to be the best approach to treating anxiety when the brainspotting therapist and the client have a consultation, and the patient meets all of the criteria. Some people respond in better ways to certain therapy types that aim to do a deep dive into the experience associated with the trauma. One way to better understand brainspotting therapy is to think of it as scuba diving: the deeper you descend, the less light there is and it becomes more difficult to navigate. When individuals become triggered, they can feel disorientated because the past events flood into one’s present state of being.

Going on a deep dive is still required because it’s where the caves are located where one must enter to process uncomfortable, traumatic experiences, but in order to cave dive they need a light, a line and a reel, a compass, and enough air to breathe, and the brainspotting therapist will provide all of these necessary accouterments of successfully navigating the brainspotting process. If it’s time to start heading up and entering the decompression stage, your counselor will act as the experienced divemaster who stays by your side and helps you successfully, and safely, come back to the surface.

Whether you are looking at brainspotting as an option to treat childhood PTSD, or to help you work through a more recent traumatic event, brainspotting therapy can offer the best solution to help you make a full recovery in both body and mind.

Call Serenity Trauma for Your Brainspotting Therapy Consultation Today!

Are you ready to take that big first step to creating a healthier, happier, authentic version of yourself? You can live free from anxiety, and our brainspotting therapy counselors are standing by to offer you a consultation and give you all the information you need on utilizing this highly effective therapy trauma option. Call 310-310-9249 and learn how you can live a peaceful existence free from the fetters of anxiety.

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Serenity Trauma Healing Center is state- and JCAHO-accredited to provide a multitude of proven psychotherapy services to clients with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our programs include weekly evaluations and start at two weeks long but can continue for timeframes recommended by our licensed experts. We accept many insurance plans. To discuss your situation and learn more about our treatment options, contact us immediately online or at the numbers below.