Updated: Oct 20
To say that life has changed since the Pandemic began would be an understatement! As therapists, we were uncertain whether online therapy would be as connected and effective as in-person therapy. Early on it became clear that, though it was different, it was still possible to feel connected and to give attuned and meaningful online therapy. In fact, it has really changed the way therapy is done and made it more accessible and convenient for both client and therapist! A prime example of a mode of therapy that is VERY effective online is Brainspotting therapy. If you are new to this type of therapy it is a modality that helps people re-process trauma or difficult emotions by noticing the client’s eye position. For a more detailed look at Brainspotting online therapy from us here at the Holding Space, you can read up on it here!
Unlocking the Power of Brainspotting Online
One of the benefits of utilizing Brainspotting online to treat anxiety, depression, or trauma-related issues, is that it is very easy to see the client’s eyes and facial movements. With Brainspotting, a brainspotting therapist tracks how a client’s eyes move and stare while they are talking about subject matter that brings up activating feelings.
Part of the philosophy behind Brainspotting is that where we look affects our emotions. You can try it out on your own right now. Notice that when you talk you may look in all different places. Sometimes you look at the person you are talking to, sometimes you look up, off to the side, or down. We don’t tend to stay on one spot for too long. But if we slow down and stay with one spot, we will often find that there are feelings associated with that spot.
As a brainspotting therapist, we are tracking those eye movements and when we are having a session online it can be very easy to see what is happening, whereas in person there is generally a bit more distance between therapist and client. Likewise, if we are using a pointer to help the client hold their eye position, it can be very easy for them to see and stay with the spot we have identified because the pointer is much more visible.
Guiding Clients & Tracking Reflexes
Another essential element of brainspotting is tracking the "reflexes" that begin to show in the client's face as the session progresses. These often include blinking, swallowing, and other physical expressions. This shows that the client is reprocessing memories and feelings that help to relieve the unwanted sensations. It is helpful for the therapist to have a close view of the client. This allows them to explore the physical expressions that are taking place and guide the client as needed.
Post-Session Comfort & Self-Care
Sometimes after a Brainspotting session, the client can feel tired or “spaced out”, or need time to process the session. It can be comforting to be in the familiarity of your own home and be able to end the session and be in a safe and containing space that allows for taking the time needed to rest and digest all that has occurred. It is also a bonus to not have to drive right after receiving Brainspotting!
Brainspotting Online is Effective for Children & Teens
Brainspotting online is believed to be effective for children and teens. Having the online option is beneficial to parents who are trying to fit in therapy between homework and other activities. Parents may struggle to get their teenager to engage with in-person therapy and offering the online option can be helpful. Teens in particular have become adept and accustomed to many forms of virtual learning and socializing. So it might also make introducing a new therapy/therapist to a teen client less overwhelming.
Online Therapy has Become the Norm
The bottom line is that online therapy has become the norm. In becoming the new norm our center has taken the time to become well-versed in online therapy. As with anything, there are pros and cons to this form of therapy, but in terms of Brainspotting, there is, in our opinion, a great deal of upside in utilizing the virtual platform.
Start Brainspotting Therapy at The Holding Space in Los Angeles, CA today!
If you are interested in learning more about Brainspotting therapy in Los Angeles, CA, don’t hesitate to reach out. One of our trained brainspotting therapists can answer your questions. They can also help you better understand if Brainspotting online therapy is a good fit for your needs! Follow the steps below to begin with the Holding Space:
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Other Therapy Services Offered at The Holding Space in Los Angeles, CA
At the Holding Space, Brainspotting is just one of the modalities we utilize to help clients realize the lasting change they are seeking. We provide many other forms of therapy in Los Angeles, CA to help people work through their mental health needs. We also specialize in other therapy services including Anxiety treatment, Depression treatment, Relational therapy, Sex and Intimacy therapy, LGBTQ+ Affirmative therapy, Art Therapy, and Therapy for Addiction. Contact us today to learn more about our Los Angeles-based practice and take the first step to living a happier and balanced life.