Brainspotting (BSP) is a trauma therapy that integrates gracefully with acupuncture. It was discovered by David Grand, Ph.D. who first came to train therapists in Scotland in 1996 after the Dunblane shooting tragedy.
I completed the intensive and mind blowing training program to Level 2 in Brainspotting (BSP) with David Grand, Ph.D. himself. We also had the great privilege of the insight of Franck Corrigan M.D. on the neurophysiology of Brainspotting.
““Where we look affects how we feel”. BSP makes use of this natural phenomenon through its use of relevant eye positions. This helps the BSP therapist to locate, focus, process and release a wide range of emotionally and bodily-based conditions. BSP is also a brain-based tool to support the therapy relationship. We believe that 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. BSP is designed as a therapeutic tool that can be integrated into a many of healing modalities. BSP can also be used with performance and creativity enhancement. BSP is even more powerful when used with the enhancement of BioLateral Sound CDs.” David Grand, Ph.D.
“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”
Abstract of the medical paper: Brainspotting: Recruiting the midbrain for accessing and healing sensorimotor
by Frank Corrigan M.D, David Grand PH.D.
“Brainspotting is a psychotherapy based in the observation that the body activation experienced when describing a traumatic event has a resonating spot in the visual field. Holding the attention on that Brain spot allows processing of the traumatic event to flow until the body activation has cleared. This is facilitated by a therapist focused on the client and monitoring with attunement. We set out testable hypotheses for this clinical innovation in the treatment of the residues of traumatic experiences. The primary hypothesis is that focusing on the Brainspot engages a retinocollicular pathway to the medial pulvinar, the anterior and posterior cingulate cortices, and the intraparietal sulcus, which has connectivity with the insula. While the linkage of memory, emotion, and body sensation may require the parietal and frontal interconnections – and resolution in the prefrontal cortex – we suggest that the capacity for healing of the altered feeling about the self is occurring in the midbrain at the level of the superior colliculi and the periaqueductal gray.”
Brainspotting and Acupuncture
Brainspotting and Acupuncture integrate efficiently as both modalities share many paradigms (thought patterns), starting with the complete absence of seperation of mind and body. We may ask patients at different phases of the processing, where in the body they feel activated when mindful about an issue they want to work on. The body mapping of acupuncture provides a precious diagnostic reading for follow-up session of acupuncture.
Brainspotting: 1 session £40 (1 hour)
Ressources on Brainspotting
Ulrich F. PhD Lanius , Sandra L. PhD Paulsen and Frank M. MD Corrigan book: Neurobiology and Treatment of Traumatic Dissociation: Towards an Embodied Self