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 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 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 (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 brainspottingcollective.com to learn more.

— b'well counseling services, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lutherville, 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
 

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 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

Using brainspotting to help client get an understanding of their own self, connect with their deeper brain for a new understanding

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

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 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
 

I attended Brainspotting Training in 2018 and use this approach with most of my clients. Clients tend to see growth and healing in 4-8 sessions of brainspotting.

— Minon Maier, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Scottsdale, AZ

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 relational, highly attuned therapy that is extremely effective for healing stress, anxiety and trauma, releasing mental blocks, and maximizing creative and physical potential. Brainspotting creates new neural pathways in the brain, helping you experience more balance in your mind-body connection. With its growing research base and reputation for efficacy and rapid healing, Brainspotting is quickly becoming one of the most sought after therapy treatments available today.

— Jenny Williams, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

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 an advanced brain body technique for healing emotional trauma, anxiety, depression and PTSD. It is one of the few techniques that effectively addresses the root cause of psychological stress and trauma. It is based on the premise that where you look, or your eye position correlates with deep seated emotional experiences that are typically unreachable by traditional talk therapy.

— Kimberly Ward, Clinical Social Worker in Hyattsville, 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
 

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.

— Noelle Benach, Counselor in Baltimore, MD
 

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

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
 

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 San Francisco, CA

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
 

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 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
 

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

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

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 & 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