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

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 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

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.

— Noelle Benach, Counselor in Baltimore, MD

Brain spotting is actually a specialized area of EMDR. It can help us identify "stuck" memories that need to be addressed. For many, this can be a very effective tool to identify core struggles.

— Janet Schryer Donahue, Counselor in Clinton Twp, MI

Brainspotting is a powerful tool that can help individuals move through trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress, limiting beliefs and patterns, and so much more. Through brainspotting I help you identify, process, and release emotional experiences that are keeping you stuck. We can use brainspotting in addition to other therapies, or it can be used on it's own. Feel free to reach out to learn more about what a brainspotting session with me can look like!

— Emily Pellegrino, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

Never in a million years could anyone have convinced me that looking at a stick would heal trauma and yet, here I am. I LOVE doing Brainspotting because it gives long term relief from emotional suffering. My clients both love and hate that stick-it brings up a lot of painful emotions while processing a memory but once processed, the pain associated with that memory is much, much less if not completely gone.

— Michelle Fortier, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tallahassee, FL

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 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

I completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 training in 2020. I am currently working on my certification. I am in a consultation group focusing on perinatal brainspotting. This is the modality that has helped heal birth trauma. Prior to this training, I was helpful of course with facilitating healing but the trauma was never de-triggered.

— Blythe TwoSisters, Clinical Psychologist in Houston, TX

Using Brainspotting to help clients get an understanding of their own self, connect with their deeper mind for a new understanding

— XiaoRan(Alice) Zhao, Mental Health Counselor in Towson, MD

Brainspotting is a brain-based therapy that utilizes your visual field (where you look) to access a deeper part of your brain, allowing your brain to process and heal in a way that talk therapy alone cannot reach. Brainspotting helps people find relief from the things that have them feeling stuck, heal from trauma, overcome anxiety and depression, and so much more.

— Lorren Penner, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Campbell, CA

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 and experienced in brain spotting

— Tenneh Johnson-Kemah, Psychotherapist in Columbia, MD