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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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
 

Brainspotting is the evidence-based new therapy that is becoming one of the most sought after therapy treatments for anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, professional performance anxiety, accidents, grief and PTSD. Brainspotting engages our eyes which directly connect to subcortical midbrain. With focus and precision, a therapist assists the client’s brain to locate and process the issue and eventually release experiences and symptoms that are out of reach of the conscious mind.

— Marzanna Moulton, Counselor in Basking Ridge, NJ
 

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.

— Noelle Benach, Counselor in Baltimore, MD
 

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 Aurora, CO

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 quite gentle, though the results are powerful.

— Christie Bates, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oxford, MS
 

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Walnut Creek, CA

Brainspotting is a new therapy technique that allows us to bypass the "thinking" part of our brain and directly access the emotional parts. This helps locked up emotions to be released and processed in a novel way.

— Amanda Ruiz, Counselor in East Petersburg, PA
 

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 (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

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
 

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 San Jose, CA

BrainSpotting is a gentle but unbelievable way to reduce activation that anxiety causes in the body. Where we look determines how we feel, and how we feel causes our body to respond, often in a negative way. BrainSpotting requires little talking by the therapist and the client. The brain is able to move and process quite quickly once the spot in the brain that the troubling event has been held. Most individuals find relief in one session depending on the intensity of the event.

— Elizabeth Havens, Marriage & Family Therapist in Orlando, FL
 

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

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 Broomfield, CO
 

Often times people who have experienced significantly upsetting events don't want to talk about them. BSP is highly specialized modality with a gentle, client-centered application that does not require that you talk extensively about traumatic experiences in order to heal. We rely on the brain to know and provide what it needs.

— Cara Maksimow, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in chatham, NJ
 

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
 

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

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
 

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 a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing, and releasing core neuro-physiological sources of emotional and physical pain, and unhealthy coping mechanisms associated with PTSD. It allows the client to channel the healthy "head" knowledge they possess to transform debilitating traumatic memories and​ the negative beliefs they feel in relation to the incident.

— Kathryn Sills-Payne, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Oakland, 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 is a powerful neurobiological therapeutic treatment method to help release emotional and physiological pain. Brainspotting helps us understand why we have the emotional and physical responses that we do, and then brainspotting treats this response at the same time.

— Lisa Taylor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Northfield, MN

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