Brainspotting

Developed in 2003 by Dr. David Grand, Brainspotting is a relatively new form of treatment that has been shown to be effective for a variety of conditions, particularly with helping to identify and heal underlying trauma that contributes to anxiety, depression and other behavioral issues. The goal of brainspotting is to bypass conscious thinking to access the deeper, subconscious emotional and body-based parts of the brain to facilitate healing. According to Dr. Grand, “where you look affects how you feel.” With this in mind, therapists using brainspotting techniques help their clients to position their eyes in ways that enable them to target negative emotion. Think this approach may work for you? Contact one of our brainspotting specialists today to try it out.

Meet the specialists

Brainspotting locates points in the client’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. Brainspotting (BSP) was discovered in 2003 by David Grand, Ph.D. Over 13,000 therapists have been trained in BSP (52 internationally). Dr. Grand discovered that “Where you look affects how you feel.” It is the brain activity, especially in the subcortical brain that organizes itself around that eye position. Learn more here -https://brainspotting.com/

— Dr. Jada Philips, PhD, Psychologist in Parsippany, NJ
 

I was first trained in 2013, and my respect for this method of working only grows the more I use it. As a contemplative therapist, I experience Brainspotting as a very specific and targeted mindfulness practice. As such, it's a natural tool for resolving trauma and accessing creativity in contemplative therapy. I enjoy working with it because it's very precise and relatively gentle when compared with other modalities, though the results are most powerful.

— Christie Bates, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oxford, MS
 

Brainspotting is a treatment approach which helps by identifying, processing, and releasing stored negative or traumatic experiences from the brain to help affected individuals heal from within. BSP is based on the idea that where you look affects how you feel. . I have found Brainspotting to be one of the most effective tools in healing anxiety, depression and trauma. (really any issue you face!) I have seen amazing progress in clients in a shorter amount of time vs. regular talk therapy.

— Chris McDonald, Licensed Professional Counselor in Raleigh, NC

For training, I've completed Brainspotting levels 1 and 2. I am currently currently training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

— Nancy Lee, Licensed Professional Counselor in Foxfield, CO
 

I have completed Phase 1 and 2 of Brainspotting training and use this within session as clients desire. This approach focuses on the connection between the body and brain and strives to quickly reduce activation and increase emotional regulation. This approach is helpful for reducing symptoms related to trauma, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and chronic pain and chronic fatigue.

— Brandi Solanki, Counselor in Waco, TX

I use three approaches to counseling, a Cognitive Behavioral approach, an Existential-Humanistic approach and a mind-body focused therapy called Brainspotting. This means that during sessions we will focus on your perceptions and personal beliefs that contribute to challenges, as well as the things that give your life meaning and purpose. We can also target emotions and memories stored in the body and mind to support your own self-regulation.

— Constance Thorsnes, Marriage & Family Therapist
 

Brainspotting is a somatic approach to healing from trauma. It is based on the same principles as EMDR and incorporates ideas from somatic experiencing. The goal of this process is to access the subcortical parts of your brain, which are connected to functions of memory, emotion, and pleasure. By tapping into these parts within an attuned relationship, we create space for your mind and body to process traumatic experiences and other blocks. We move at your pace and comfort level.

— Augustin Kendall, Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

I have received Brainspotting training and am a Brainspotting practitioner. I am continuing to get hours of training in advanced Brainspotting techniques and practice in the modality in order to provide the best care possible for my clients. Brainspotting is a technique that involves a deeper level of processing for clients and therefore more access to getting to the root of addressing the trauma.

— Lacee Lovely Lawson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

Brainspotting is a powerful & effective method of identifying, processing, and releasing various types of trauma. Past traumatic experiences can have a negative effect on performance. Classic talk therapy often falls short in helping an athlete or performer rid themselves of these negative effects & reach their maximum potential. Since Brainspotting is a brain/body based treatment, it allows clients to process their own trauma while releasing limiting beliefs and body sensations.

— Thad Frye, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Louisville, CO

Often times people who have experienced significantly upsetting events don't want to talk about them. BSP is highly specialized modality with a gentle, client-centered application that does not require that you talk extensively about traumatic experiences in order to heal. We rely on the brain to know and provide what it needs.

— Cara Maksimow, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in chatham, NJ
 

I am a Brainspotting practitioner who has used Brainspotting to empower clients in overcoming complex trauma. For example, in my work with foster youth who have had almost as many therapists as fingers and long histories of trauma, the use of Brainspotting has allowed them opportunities to experience reduced reactivity to past trauma unlike other interventions in their past.

— Jamila Mahfudh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

I have specialized training in Brainspotting, an advanced brain body technique that is helpful in healing emotional trauma, anxiety, mental blocks, physical pain, negative emotions, and can be supportive in other areas such as creativity or performance enhancement.

— Helen Caldwell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA
 

I have received Brainspotting training and am a Brainspotting practitioner. I am continuing to get hours of training in advanced Brainspotting techniques and practice in the modality in order to provide the best care possible for my clients. Brainspotting is a technique that involves a deeper level of processing for clients and therefore more access to getting to the root of addressing the trauma.

— Lacee Lovely Lawson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

I have completed multiple phases of Brainspotting training and am completing the consultation process to become certified. I've utilized Brainspotting with most of my clients with excellent outcomes.

— Erin Pickney, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Nashville, TN
 

I am trained in Brainspotting, a brain & body-based modality that is a modification of EMDR. Brainspotting is a gentle approach that involves accessing the limbic and reptilian parts of the brain through exploring different eye positions which can affect how you feel. By gentle discovery of this eye position, one can access the body's natural capacity to heal from trauma.

— David Javate, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in South San Francisco, CA

Brainspotting is a brain based therapeutic modality that helps a person to process and release the trauma stored and locked in the body. Brainspotting is extremely effective for Sports trauma, performance trauma, PTSD, and other traumas stored in the body.

— Nancy Georges, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA
 

I am trained to apply Brainspotting to a variety of emotional difficulties including shame, anger, traumatic memories, experiences of rejection and abandonment, anxiety, fear as well as performance issues.

— Michael Johnson, Psychologist in Tempe, AZ

I am trained to apply Brainspotting to a variety of emotional difficulties including shame, anger, traumatic memories, experiences of rejection and abandonment, anxiety, fear as well as performance issues.

— Michael Johnson, Psychologist in Tempe, AZ
 

Brainspotting is a powerful therapeutic treatment method that works by locating and healing unprocessed traumas, emotional and physical pains, as well as other challenges and symptoms. It is designed as a therapeutic tool that can be integrated into many of the healing modalities. Brainspotting has been demonstrated to be a highly effective treatment both for healing traumas and enhancing performance.

— Kevin Stolper, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA