Where you look affects how you feel.
Yes, seriously. Not in a if you look to the right you’re lying kind of way. It’s more of a neuroscience way.
Our eyes and brain are very closely connected, and not just because they’re both part of our head. Your visual field is an important tool helping your brain get information about your surroundings in order to keep you safe.
Brainspotting uses this close connection between our brains and our visual field to bring relief from symptoms of anxiety, shame, overwhelm, trauma, and many other ways we, as humans, can feel emotionally and physically stuck. In fact, it can even help with performance tasks such as stage fright or sports performance.
We spend so much of our lives operating from our neocortex, or “adulting” brain, that sometimes memories and experiences get filed away in the wrong file in our mental filing cabinets.
These mis-filed memories can then influence our responses to current day events causing symptoms of anxiety, self-doubt, overwhelm, or compulsive behaviors. With brainspotting, we can unlock the mis-filed memories and then re-file them in a place where they’ll be less intrusive.
In a brainspotting session, we combine biolateral music (music that gently alternates playing in the left ear and right ear) with a point of focus in the visual field (called a “brainspot”).
In session, we will also incorporate the brain-body connection by finding where the activation around this anxiety is showing up in your body (and trust me, it IS showing up in your body, even if you don’t notice it).
Some people seek out brainspotting because they feel like they “know” they “should be over it” when something triggers their anxiety. Others are just tired of feeling “stuck.”
But what if I told you that you can’t just out-think your basic instinctual self when your deep brain feels threatened?
*Cue sighs of relief…. It’s not your fault that you can’t “get over it” or “just move on.” Your brain is working very hard to protect you and keep you safe. Sometimes, it just goes a bit overboard.
With brainspotting, we can help the brain recognize times when the anxiety really is needed and serves you well, and then we separate those times from situations where your brain could really back off a little and let you enjoy the moment.
If you feel like anxious thoughts, perfectionism, and feeling stuck are making it hard to really focus and live in the present moment, or maybe they even keep you from doing things you enjoy or connecting with the people you love, you can click the “schedule a complimentary phone call” button to chat with me about whether or not Brainspotting would be a good fit for you.
I help anxious and overwhelmed people-pleasing perfectionists to ditch the anxiety so they can actually enjoy the life they’ve worked so hard to create and genuinely connect with the people they love. I offer counseling in-office in The Woodlands and offer online therapy sessions throughout Texas.