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

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
 

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 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 Gilbert, AZ

Brainspotting utilizes the amazing power of your brain to store and process information. If you find yourself get in stuck in old patterns, or unable to let go of certain thoughts and memories, Brainspotting helps your mind integrate and let these things go. It is a remarkably effective technique useful for treating creative blocks, limiting negative beliefs and trauma. Get unstuck in life with the power of your mind!

— Courtney Terrell, Counselor in Fishers, IN
 

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

Brainspotting can be used with or without traditional talk therapy. Brainspotting uses your visual field to support processing unresolved trauma or difficult emotions. "Where you look affects how you feel". While Brainspotting originated as a treatment for trauma, it can also be helpful for difficulties with anxiety, anger, motivation, panic attacks, perfectionism, performance....and more.

— Sarajane Cazares, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , FL
 

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.

— Christine Bates, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oxford, MS

Brainspotting is a brain/body based processing technique that I have found helpful for clients wanting to process trauma and/or move through "stuckness."

— Birch Snogles, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in southfield, MI
 

Brainspotting is a brain/body based processing technique that I have found helpful for clients wanting to process trauma and/or move through "stuckness."

— Birch Snogles, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in southfield, MI

I have completed Phase 2 Brainspotting training and am currently working toward certification. Brainspotting is a focused, highly effective tool for processing and relieving trauma and other persistent negative emotional states.

— Margaret  Certain, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA
 

This is a focused approach to resolving clients' presenting issues that goes directly to levels of the subcortex brain where our cognition, social functioning and affect are controlled. Brainspotting gives our bodies the ability to heal by tapping into this system and identifying the exact spot in your brain where the issue that you have is stuck. Through intense focused mindfulness on this "brain spot," and deep attunement of the therapist, we discharge bad memories in the nervous system.

— Jordan Nodelman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cooper City, FL

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
 

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
 

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 (BSP) is a powerful, focused method for treating trauma and other unresolved psychological issues. This unique approach helps you release the psychological blocks that keep you from being your most connected, creative, actualized self. Brainspotting offers deep neurological healing that talk therapy alone often cannot access. This technique gives us a way to access the subcortical brain, the place where emotional and somatic experiences are kept.

— Susan Stork, Sex Therapist in Baltimore, MD