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 (BSP) is a relatively new type of therapy designed to help people access, process, and overcome trauma, negative emotions, and pain, including psychologically induced physical pain. Brainspotting was developed through David Grand's work with survivors of trauma, and many mental health professionals utilizing the approach have found it to be an effective form of treatment for a variety of mental health concerns (Good Therapy).

— Alison "Ali" Pierucci, Therapist in Denver, CO
 

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 began training in Brainspotting in 2019. This approach felt like home to me, and I find that my clients feel more integrated and calm after sessions. Clients feel like they move through deep wounds and past trauma, anxieties, and other beliefs that are holding them back. Many clients report long-standing patterns and behaviors changing for the better. I am working towards certification and will be certified in October 2020. I receive monthly group and individual consultation.

— Kristi Keding, Counselor in Ogden, UT
 

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

In brainspotting, you are seen as the expert on yourself and the therapist as a supportive co-creator. The goal of brainspotting is to support you in connecting to your natural capability to heal. Brainspotting accesses parts of the brain that are not usually accessed through traditional talk therapy approaches, by focusing on what is called the brainspot, along with your bodily sensations and emotions. With this connection, you are able to process and heal stored traumas and negative emotions.

— Angela Luna, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Pablo, 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

Brainspotting is an amazing modality. It is a neurobiologically informed modality that uses the brain and nervous system to discharge/release trauma. Our body releases stressors in a very organic way and there is a rapid shift to improved functioning. It is a client centered process. Brainspotting can improve performance, creativity, and resolve stressors/trauma. It uses positions in the visual field to access unprocessed trauma or adaptive potential in the subcortical brain.

— Regina Faridnia, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Granite Bay, CA
 

Rebecca Geshuri, Co-Founder of Family Tree Wellness is a Level 4 BSP practitioner.

— Family Tree Wellness, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA

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, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Baltimore, MD
 

Brainspotting (BSP) is such a phenomenal process that it can sometimes feel like magic (I can assure you, it isn't). BSP is informed by the science of how our brains and bodies work, and how they hold and release trauma & stress. This modality can help guide you toward your own inner wisdom and authentic self expression through creating powerful changes in your neruophysiology, which directly informs and influences your psychology.

— Emily Perraut, Psychologist in , MI

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
 

Brainspotting (BSP) is a unique and exciting tool I use to promote post-traumatic healing and growth.

— Melanie Arroyo Pérez, Licensed Professional Counselor in Olathe, KS
 

Have you ever noticed where your gaze goes when you’re thinking about something painful? Joyful? Sad? Our major memories are stored with corresponding eye positions, similar to how books are indexed and shelved in libraries. We can look for a specific book by walking down each aisle, hoping we get lucky, or we can walk directly up to the info desk, find out the book’s index number, and go straight to where it's shelved. Brainspotting is the info desk: it helps us find the book.

— Joanne Kim, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA
 

Brainspotting is an innovative body-based treatment approach for trauma. Together, the therapist and client identify areas in the client’s visual field (where they look) that assist in gaining access to the subcortical brain so that the body’s natural healing process can take place.

— Jessica Magenheimer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

Brainspotting is a powerful, advanced and effective treatment for trauma, anxiety, depression and a host of other emotional and mental health issues. Brainspotting is a 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’ or in other words, 'where you look impacts where you heal'. Make an appointment today.

— Avis Augustine-Miller, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lynchburg, VA
 

Brainspotting is very intuitive and flexible method, so one could potentially use it for a variety of issues. In therapy, common applications would be for PTSD and trauma, anxiety, depression, emotional or relational distress, confusion or lack of clarity on an issue, chronic pain or disease, unresolved grief and loss, or other adjustment concerns. I have completed Phase 1 and 2 in Brainspotting.

— Annie Olsen-Meehan, Clinical Social Worker in Leawood, KS

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 highly effective brain & body-based therapy that can heal all kinds of mental health issues. Though it is often traditionally viewed as a way to heal trauma, I have also successfully used Brainspotting to heal anxiety, panic attacks, low self esteem, depression, anger, and more. Brainspotting can also be used as an enhancement to improve performance for creative or sports types who are experiencing blocks in developing their skill set. Check out my website for more info.

— Jennifer Twardowski, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Walnut Creek, CA
 

Brainspotting is a powerful neurobiological tool tha support the clinical healing relationship. It is a simple, effective and helpful technique for a wide variety of emotional and somatic conditions. Brainspotting is particularly effective with trauma-based situations, anxiety/depression and persistent emotional and behavioral problems. It is also powerful tool for performance and creativity enhancement.

— Jeff Wright, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , 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

Brainspotting is a technique utilized to access past experiences that have left traumatic holds on one's life. The idea that neurons that fire together, wire together, is at the core of this technique. By accessing both bodily sensations and memories through spots in one's field of vision, individuals are able to access, process and integrate experiences from their past, allowing them to move beyond their previous traumatic holds. I utilize Brainspotting regularly and find it very effective.

— Lori Crowley, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Orinda, CA
 

I am a Certified Brainspotting (BSP) Therapist. Trauma (with a capital T or a series of difficult experiences) is held in the body. Utilizing BSP allows the client to process at a deep level to release and desensitize the emotionally-charged issues that have been blocks to their quality of life.

— Lisa Smith, Clinical Social Worker

Brainspotting is a relatively new form of treatment that taps into the body’s innate ability to heal in order to reduce and eliminate the impact of unresolved trauma, negative beliefs, and emotional distress. It can also be used to firm up resources and enhance performance in your life goals. Brainspotting accomplishes this by using a unique and powerful combination of specific eye positioning and bilateral auditory stimulation.

— Shawn Hales, Psychologist in Towson, MD
 

I am trained in level I and II of brainspotting and am in the process of obtaining certification.

— Lindsey Cooper, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake Village, CA

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