BSP LANGUAGE AND INTERWEAVES WHILE PROCESSING
by Lisa Larsen, LMFT

Just feel it…. good”

“See where that goes”

“Notice with curiosity and compassion what happens”

“Trust exactly what happens. Trust the process. Trust yourself”

“Let your eyes go exactly where they want to go.”

“There is information there. Allow it to come up.”

“Just give this time and space and notice what happens.”

“Just allow your brain and body to go wherever they need to go.”

“When you reflect on it right now what comes up for you?”

“Just know it will pass…” (Uncomfortable sensations)

“Be mindful of that and see what comes of it.”

“See where that goes for you”

“Just allow that to happen with no judgment”

“Hyper-focus on that body sensation and see what comes of it”

“Just focus on that and see where it goes”

“Where are you with that right now?”

“ I invite your body to go all the way back to when and what we started with and let it come up”

“ How does your new awareness square with where you started?”

“Just be curious, don’t judge”

“When you scan your body and your brain what do you notice now?”

“Make room for this” ______________(body sensation, feeling)

BRAINSPOTTING PRINCIPLES

Don’t have an agenda or you have a bias. Therapist needs to be a blank slate.

Attunement and uncertainty principle comes before any protocols or rules.

If you are a minute too late with an intervention it is better then a minute too soon

Step into the uncertainty…WAIT…”Why am I talking/ troubled”

Interventions you want to do don’t make sense after 5 min. of waiting

Your brain is always aware of a dual Brainspot even when the client is not on it

Believe in a miracle every time.

Therapists who believe the client will heal by their neurobiology have a better session then those who believe they need to work to make them heal.

Therapist needs to stay in the flow in the sub cortex (non-verbal) not the thinking and talking neocortex.

Stay in the “tail of the comet”…Don’t lead!

Always have your pointer but use gaze spots as well

Don’t be distracted or lured as a therapist by the “shiny object” in client’s story

Bring out client feelings about what happened more then picture (sub cortical)

Interventions take people out of their process. If you step in, step out and WAIT!

It’s okay not to have an activated eye position. Can have a “Dad” spot or “God” spot.

Focus on the client’s soul resources, NOT therapists resources FOR client.

Let client be where they are! Be curious about it…don’t shift it.

Have client observe their own breathing but don’t try to regulate it…You don’t want to create mismatched patterns because it can increase PTSD

Intense Body Symptoms indicate preverbal trauma as well as pain conditions that are unrelenting


Andrew Susskind
LCSW, SEP, CGP

Claudia Lewis
MA, LMFT

Maria Gray
LMFT, NMP, CGP