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.

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Where you looks affects how you feel. BSP makes use of this natural phenomenon through its use of relevant eye positions. This helps the BSP therapist locate, focus, process and release a wide range of emotionally and bodily-based conditions. BSP is also a brain-based tool to support the therapy relationship. We believe that BSP taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability.

— Eric Strom, Clinical Social Worker in Minnetonka, MN

Brainspotting is a psychotherapy modality that works with the brain and body (somatic) to help you heal and recover from negative and traumatic experiences as well as bring clarity to emotional confusion and ambivalence regarding the issues in one’s life. Brainspotting engages in neurobiological and emotional processes that allows the person to access the deepest recesses of the emotional brain or limbic system where unprocessed trauma and negative experiences are stored and allows for healing.

— John Edwards, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA
 

Brainspotting helps you identify and release how your body stores pain and trauma. Trauma is both a physiological (or body) and psychological (mind) experience. We will work together to find your brainspot, or activation spot, and through that we will tap into a deeper processing level than we can with talk therapy. I am currently working towards my Brainspotting certification.

— Shae Loucks, Psychotherapist
 

Brainspotting is an advanced brain-body therapy that focuses on identifying, processing, and releasing imbalances, trauma, and residual emotional stress. It is based on the premise that ‘where you look affects how you feel’ and finds that eye positions correlate with unconscious, emotional experiences. It reaches parts of the brain that are not generally accessed through traditional talk therapy approaches.

— Alisha Teague, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Jacksonville, FL

The two modes of Brainspotting are activation and resource. Our emotions and feelings give language to our experiences and what’s going on. The Allocortex is the part of the brain that gives us access to our emotions and helps with regulation, it has access to parts of the brain that help with emotions and it is a covering of the limbic system. That's the part we tap into to heal trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, etc.

— Michele Ramey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Las Vegas, NV
 

I have completed phase 1 and 2 of brain spotting, I have a phase 3 with David grand later this year as well as an expansion training. I have enjoyed learning and sharing this with my clients. Some clients prefer it so far over EMDR that I work with. You are able to access information that is stored deeper in your brain and work on many things such as anxiety, depression, stress, traumas ect

— Rachel Hayes, Counselor in wellington, CO

Processing through trauma can be hard, so to make it easier I use a method called Brainspotting. Brainspotting uses your line of vision that corresponds with specific emotional responses or past experiences. Sometimes your body knows what you can’t say and we use all of you to get through stuck spots and heal the core of your pain. After releasing your trauma we can really zoom in on healing by filtering other therapies that work well for you and reach your wellness goals.

— Alisha Olson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate
 

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

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 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 was discovered by an EMDR therapist who noticed that "where you look affects how you feel." By noticing activation (intense feelings, body sensations, etc.) in one's body and visual field, the therapist and client can work to better process memories and experiences that are connected to less conscious parts of the brain. It can sound a little strange at first, but it allows one to connect to feelings that are a little more difficult to access through traditional talk therapy.

— Sammy Kirk, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Alexandria, VA
 

Brainspotting is a brain/body based processing technique that I have found helpful for clients wanting to process areas in which they are stuck.

— Birch Snogles, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ann arbor, MI

I am a Certified Brainspotting Therapist. Brainspotting is a brain-based, highly effective tool for processing and relieving trauma and other persistent negative emotional states.

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

I love so much about Brainspotting; it compliments attachment theory & "parts" work & allows clients to do "deep work," that sometimes isn't possible with talk therapy alone. It's a way to clear through "stuff" in a completely different way so that clients can heal and move forward with their lives. I've taken variety of Brainspotting trainings & am in the process of being certified by Winter 2021.

— Jennifer Dolphin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Anchorage, AK

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 Wilton Manors, FL
 

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