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How I Overcame Trauma with Brainspotting

top view of a brain with colorful gears symbolizing brainspotting
top view of a brain with colorful gears symbolizing brainspotting

What’s Inside:

  • Personal journey through trauma recovery using brainspotting.
  • Exploration of the therapy.
  • Effectiveness of brainspotting.
  • Addressing common questions.

Discovering brainspotting was a pivotal moment in my journey toward healing from deep-seated trauma. This powerful form of therapy, although less known than traditional methods like cognitive behavioral therapy or EMDR, has profoundly impacted my life, offering not just relief but a path to genuine recovery.

What is Brainspotting Therapy?

Brainspotting is a therapeutic method designed to help individuals access, process, and overcome a variety of emotional and physical health issues. It’s grounded in the notion that where you look affects how you feel, which means that our eye positions can help tap into unprocessed trauma in the brain.

How Does Brainspotting Work?

The process of brainspotting was discovered quite by accident by Dr. David Grand, who found that where we direct our gaze can influence the brain’s ability to heal itself from emotional distress. It utilizes the visual field to find spots, called “Brainspots,” that correlate with somatic and emotional stress, linking the deep brain to the body. Through guided fixation on these points combined with bilateral sound, brainspotting allows the brain to process the trauma at a profound level.

Is Brainspotting an Evidence-Based Practice?

Yes, numerous case studies and ongoing research suggest that brainspotting is effective for treating psychological issues, particularly trauma and PTSD. It operates under the principle that the brain inherently knows how to heal from trauma, similar to the body’s ability to heal a wound, making it a supported choice for many therapists.

Does Brainspotting Heal Trauma?

From personal experience, I can affirmatively say that brainspotting does heal trauma. The sessions can be intense, as they often bring suppressed emotions and memories to the surface, but this is part of the healing process. It provides a safe space to face these issues without the overwhelming flood of emotions that might come from confronting these memories directly.

What is Brainspotting Therapy Used For?

Originally developed to work with trauma, its use has expanded significantly. Today, it is also applied to treat anxiety, depression, PTSD, and even issues such as phobias, chronic pain, and addiction, highlighting its versatility as a therapeutic tool.

Is Brainspotting Hypnosis?

Although they share similarities, such as a focused state of awareness, brainspotting is not hypnosis. It does not involve entering a trance-like state or being suggestible to external commands. Instead, it fosters a deep, introspective process that is fully controlled by the client, with the therapist acting as a supportive guide.

My Personal Experience

My own therapy sessions began during a period of intense emotional turmoil. Under the guidance of a trained therapist, I found myself revisiting long-forgotten memories of trauma that I had unconsciously avoided. Each session helped peel back the layers of pain, allowing me to see and understand my past experiences clearly and to release the grip they had on my emotional well-being.

This therapy, with its unique approach to accessing the brain’s self-healing pathways, offered me not just recovery but a renewed sense of empowerment over my own life.

If you or someone you know is struggling with unresolved trauma and looking for a path to recovery, consider brainspotting as a viable option. At Uplift Recovery, we excel in helping clients access their inherent ability to heal and move past their trauma. Contact us today at 866-979-5848 to learn more about our services and how we can help you or your loved one start on the road to recovery. Your journey towards healing can begin today; let us guide you through each step.

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