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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Brainspotting is a gentle yet effective way of moving through negative or traumatic past experiences where people find themselves stuck. Brainspotting reduces the likeliness of being re-traumatized in the way that traditional talk therapies can. People use Brainspotting when they are experiencing a lot of anxiety, pain or trauma.

— Courtenay Monfore, Licensed Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC

For training, I've completed Brainspotting levels 1 and 2. One of my supervisors is trained in Brainspotting, so I receive ongoing consultation/supervision as part of my commitment to providing high-quality services.

— Nancy Lee, Counselor in Aurora, CO

Brainspotting (BSP) combines two of Katie's deep interests: neuroscience and mindfulness! By helping clients access a point in their field of vision where they notice their feelings and sensations most strongly (a brainspot), she helps clients open the door to deeper processing. Katie recommends BSP for: people with historical trauma- artists, writers, and performers who feel stuck- those navigating tumultuous relationships. Visit to learn more.

— b'well counseling services, Licensed Professional Counselor in Towson, MD

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

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 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

This unique approach helps you release the psychological blocks that keep you from being your most connected, creative, actualized self. You may have heard “eyes are windows to the soul” before. As it turns out, there’s medical research that proves that this old phrase is true. As the creator of this Brainspotting, Dr. David Grand, says, “where you look affects how you feel.” Brainspotting helps track points in your visual field that reveal unprocessed trauma in the brain.

— Space Between Counseling Services, Licensed Professional Counselor in Baltimore, MD

Through BRAINSPOTTING, you can learn to focus mindfully to shift, rework, and release limiting beliefs and body sensations. Brainspotting catapults sports performance, releases performance anxiety and performance block.

— Gerda Phillips, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ