Brainspotting (BSP) is a form of therapy that reveals a client's unprocessed traumas through fixed eye positions. Specific eye positions each link to their own "brainspot," an area of the mind that retains thoughts and emotions. Brainspotting locates points in the client's visual field to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain.
According to Dr David Grant, the founder of Brainspotting, "Where you look affects how you feel," as the brain activity, especially the subcortical brain, organizes itself around that eye position. During the brainspotting process, a trained brainspotting counsellor watch for subtle reflexive signals that indicate a brainspot has been detected: Using a pointer, the therapist guides the patient's gaze across his or her field of vision. When the brainspot is identified, the counsellor will gently guide the client to process the specific memories. Brainspotting allows the traumatic emotions and memories to be fully released to support the self-healing process.