Here’s a step-by-step guide to what a typical Brainspotting session might look like:
Introduction and explanation: The therapist will begin the session by explaining the basics of Brainspotting to the client. This may include a brief overview of the theory behind the therapy, as well as the specific techniques that will be used during the session.
Assessing the client’s needs: The therapist will then assess the client’s specific needs and goals for the session. This may involve discussing the client’s experiences, feelings, and symptoms, as well as any specific traumatic events or experiences that the client wants to address.
Finding the “Brainspot”: Once the therapist has a clear understanding of the client’s needs, they will help the client to identify a “Brainspot.” A Brainspot is a specific eye position that is believed to be linked to a particular traumatic memory or emotion stored in the body. The therapist will guide the client through a process of locating the Brainspot by having the client move their eyes in various directions while focusing on specific emotions or memories.
Processing the distressing issue: Once the Brainspot has been identified, the therapist will help the client to process the traumatic material stored in the body. This may involve the use of bilateral sound, music, or other sensory stimuli to help the client access and release the distressing feelings. The therapist may also use breathing exercises or other techniques to help regulate the client’s emotions and ensure a safe and supportive environment for the client to process their experiences.
Integration and closure: At the end of the session, the therapist will help the client to integrate the experiences and emotions that have been processed during the session. This may involve reviewing what has been accomplished during the session, and discussing any insights or realizations that the client may have had. The therapist will also provide support and guidance for the client as they continue to heal and move forward in their journey towards emotional well-being.
It’s important to note that while this is a general outline of what a typical Brainspotting session might look like, the specific details and techniques used may vary depending on the individual client and their specific needs and goals. Additionally, the length of each session can vary, but typically ranges from 30 minutes to an hour.