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

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

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 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

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 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

Kayla is trained in and finishing certification for Brainspotting (BSP), a popular brain and body based therapy that is highly effective, fast, and gently treats trauma, mood and MH disorders, addictions, negative patterns/habits, sports traumas, and creative performance expansion. BSP is body aware and accesses the Subcortex (feeling brain) to process old unprocessed sensations/memories to allow for reorganization of the memory (shifting it to long term memory) to bring forth healing.

— Kayla Cain, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greensboro, NC

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

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

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

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

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

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) locates points in the client’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. BSP makes use of this natural phenomenon through its use of relevant eye positions. With BSP, Luisa helps clients 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. BSP taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability.

— Luisa Contreras, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in NEWPORT BEACH, 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, EMDR, Biofeedback, & Sound Therapy are tremendously healing modalities. They work though our neurobiology to help our nervous system and brain to process overwhelming or distracting data so that it is no longer bothering us. Troubling memories and anxieties move out of our way and we develop a more calmer response and healthier perspective.

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

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 Lutherville, MD

I have found brainspotting to be an effective treatment that simple connects the mind and body together to create healing.

— Rachel Moore, Counselor in Denver, CO

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

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

The body stores what we experience and sometimes those thoughts, emotions, and body sensations can get stuck. Brainspotting is a gentle way to release these critical pieces to expedite insight and healing.

— Katherine French-Ewing, Counselor in Northglenn, CO

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

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 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 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 Tempe, AZ

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