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Brainspotting: What is it, and How this Therapeutic Approach Can Help You

Have you felt overwhelmed by emotions that seem stuck or are hard to shake? Talking through your emotions or trauma might be helpful, but if you continue to have chronic feelings of worry, trauma, or stress, a technique such as brainspotting may be more successful.  

Brainspotting is an effective approach that therapists may utilize to assist clients in recovering from trauma. 

Brainspotting involves identifying, evaluating, and releasing internal neurophysiological roots of emotional and physical trauma, dissociation, and other forms of internalized pain.  


Essentially, brainspotting is like shining a light on the areas of your mind where you store your emotions, allowing you to work through them.  


When exercising brainspotting, a therapist takes various steps to stimulate the brain and begin the healing process.  The process can look like this:


  1. Client brings up a deeply troubling issue they would like to explore 

  2. The therapist helps the client pinpoint physical feelings attached to the issue 

  3. Client locates the negative feelings in their body 

  4. Therapist guides the client’s vision into different areas with a pointing rod or pointer finger to locate brainspots” where the client feels tension 

  5. Client indicates increased or decreased negative feelings in eye positions 

  6. The client then fixates their vision in the most troubling, unsteady spots 

  7. Client shares related thoughts, feelings, and memories that can be recalled when focused on the “unsteady spots”  

  8. Therapist helps the client process and sift through the information  


When a client recognizes the physical emotions associated with a memory or issue, the client and therapist work to locate these "brainspots" by tracking their eye movement to identify the places with the highest stress. 


By focusing on these areas, you may process and release the emotions associated with them, allowing you to heal and feel better. 


By bringing these hidden areas to light, you allow yourself to process and release the emotional energy that has been held inside them. This can result in significant discoveries, emotional breakthroughs, and a renewed sense of relief and freedom.  


One of the most impressive elements of brainspotting is that it is incredibly adaptable. Brainspotting can help with trauma, anxiety, as well as enhance performance and personal growth. Brainspotting can help individuals heal from previous traumas, navigate life transitions, and improve. 

It is important to remember that brainspotting is not a quick fix or a one size fits all solution. Like all other forms of therapy, it requires patience, commitment, and a willingness to explore uncomfortable feelings and emotions. For many individuals, brainspotting results in profound, long lasting benefits, allowing a personal transformation.  


If you're ready to start a journey of self-discovery and development, brainspotting could be the secret to a brighter, more meaningful future.  

Danielle Labranche at Couples Therapy Centre is qualified to offer Brainspotting to clients. If you would like to book a free consultation with Danielle please go this booking link: or call 416 949 9878 for more information.


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