Brainspotting (BSP) is a cutting-edge therapeutic approach based on the latest developments in neuroscience. In BSP we find the relevant eye position to access dissociated traumatic memories stored in the subcortical structures of the brain.
Discovered in 2003 by the developer of Natural Flow EMDR, Dr. David Grand, Brainspotting is a powerful, precise, laser-like tool that can effectively locate, process and release memories of traumatic experiences.
Trauma affects the nervous system and is harmful to the brain, physical and psychological health. Brainspotting initiates the healing processes, consequently restoring homeostasis which was lost to trauma.
By accessing the deep subcortical brain and engaging structures involved in self-regulation, BSP can quickly release symptoms of trauma and bring a relief from the experience of psychological and often physical pain.
Currently, approximately 16,000 therapists have been trained in Brainspotting therapy in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.
Processing trauma without words
In a Brainspotting session, you will use a pointer to find the relevant eye position, called a brainspot. This eye position resonates with the client’s activation in the body while recalling a traumatic memory.
By gazing on the brainspot, the client will reach a naturally occurring state of focused mindfulness. The processing will continue until the trauma is resolved, and the brainspot can no longer trigger the activation.
The activation initially connected to a brainspot gradually decreases and often transforms into a positive experience, which can become a source of psychological resilience.
This process leads not only to the resolution of trauma, but also post-traumatic growth and expansion.
In Brainspotting, the relationship between therapist and client is fundamental. Your empathetic and deeply attuned, witnessing presence as a therapist will allow profound healing to occur.
Brainspotting works directly on the client’s neurophysiology. When the nervous system is in a state of dysregulation, Brainspotting will be able to restore the balance and bring homeostasis. In Brainspotting the results are fast and the change achieved is permanent.
Brainpotting helps clients release trauma without talking through it. It is a powerful tool in working on performance enhancement and expansion of positive or desirable states.
Monika Gos is a Chartered Clinical and Counselling Psychologist and an international Brainspotting trainer. She has trained and practised widely in both Europe and the USA. Monika provides training and consultation to Health Trusts and one of the largest charities in the UK. She is also a guest lecturer at the Royal College of Psychiatry and the University of Hertfordshire.
Trained by Dr David Grand, the founder and developer of Brainspotting, she brought this cutting-edge method to such countries as Ireland, Poland, Hungary and Serbia.
Monika has a private practice in central London, where she works with adult clients and couples.
“Brainspotting has been taught all over Europe for many years. It is well beyond time for Ireland to have its own training. I am gratified that the inaugural Phase 1 training will be led by our wonderful International trainer Monika Gos.”
-David Grand, PhD