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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My field experience combined with my mental health background allows me to provide culturally competent care. I want you to feel heard by someone who understands! Whether you are interested in medications or not, I am looking forward to connecting with you and partnering with YOU to help YOU achieve satisfaction and success in life, while ultimately feeling empowered in YOUR own wellness journey.

— Nataly Kuznetsov, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in NAPA, CA

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 was discovered in 2003 by David Grand, PhD. https://brainspotting.pro/ Where we look determines how we feel, and how we feel also determines where we look. Brainspotting uses the attunement of the therapist to the client to access those parts in the sub-cortex and mid-brain that are impacted by trauma or negative life experiences. “Brainspotting is based on the profound attunement of the therapist with the patient, finding a somatic cue and by down-regulating the amygdala"

— Silver Psychotherapy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Frederick, MD

I have completed Phase 1 and 2 of Brainspotting training and use this within session as clients desire. This approach focuses on the connection between the body and brain and strives to quickly reduce activation and increase emotional regulation. This approach is helpful for reducing symptoms related to trauma, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and chronic pain and chronic fatigue.

— Brandi Solanki, Counselor in Waco, TX
 

One of the newest therapeutic techniques, Brainspotting can help process trauma and other issues using you eyes to focus outwardly while the brain heals inwardly. As a certified Brainspotting practitioner, I will use this technique in areas where words may not bring healing or understanding.

— Karl Thomas, Student Therapist in St. Paul, MN

Brainspotting is life-changing. Whether focusing on a feeling or an overall traumatic event, brainspotting helps process what our brain is storing and promotes coherence between sympathetic and parasympathetic activation. Trauma can take up a lot of emotional space and it has a way of affecting so many future choices, activities, and relationships. Let's work together to create more space in your life and process the trauma.

— Annie Buxbaum, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA
 

At this point, I’m mostly only working with new clients who are open to it as a part of our work together because doing therapy without Brainspotting feels a little like doing therapy with my arms tied behind my back. I just can’t help people make the movement we both want them to make with traditional talk therapy. For more information on Brainspotting visit Brainspotting.com or my website.

— PK Ponti-Foss, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

Brainspotting therapy helps you access and process deep emotional experiences and traumas held within your brain and body. During a Brainspotting session, we identify specific 'brainspots'—eye positions that correlate with the activation of traumatic or emotionally-charged memories. By focusing your gaze on these spots, we access and release the stored emotions and experiences.

— Erin Swan, Psychotherapist in Seattle, WA
 

I am a Certified Brainspotting Therapist. Brainspotting is a brain-based, highly effective tool for processing and relieving trauma and other persistent negative emotional states.

— Margaret  Certain, Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

Brainspotting is mind/body approach that can help you connect deeply with the root of where issues are stored in your brain, body and nervous system. It helps you clear issues, ranging from difficult trauma to everyday challenges. It is also very helpful in building positives, such as confidence, relaxation optimal performance, etc. Here are links to videos "Who does Brainspotting work with?” https://vimeo.com/187492731 "Brainspotting" https://youtu.be/lm3Plvaf3

— Elinor (Elly) Nygren Szapiro, Licensed Professional Counselor in Northwest, AR
 

I am a Certified Brainspotting Practitioner and have experienced deep processing and healing in receiving Brainspotting.

— Jacqueline Casumbal, Psychotherapist in Gaithersburg, MD

Brainspotting was added to my practice in 2023. I'm trained in level 1 and 2, and nearly certified. While I am admittedly biased, countless times I've witnessed profound and lasting results with this bottom up trauma informed model to deeply and rapidly heal trauma, grief, and complex relational issues. Our eyes are connected to our subcortical brain where trauma is held, as well as our reptilian brain where we go under distress. Go to Brainspotting.com for more information.

— Pujita Latchman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
 

I am a certified Brainspotting Practioner. This is an effective deep brain-based modality that helps heal what traditional talk therapy can't such as trauma, developmental trauma, and performance issues. I do a comprehensive intake to assess issues and goals to help reduce symptoms.

— Samantha Schumann, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I am trained and certified in Brainspotting. Brainspotting aims to access and process trauma and other experiences, including creative blocks, physical and emotional pain, dystonias, the "yips", spirituality and so, so much more. It combines elements of traditional talk therapy, the use of mindful processing, somatic experiences of the issue or feeling, and eye positions or multiple eye positions. It is both brain and body based and allows for deep processing.

— Michelle Van Aken, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in La Mesa, CA
 

Brainspotting is one of two neurobased modalities that I augment into talk therapy to reduce anxiety and eliminate trauma responses. Brainspotting helps to reduce physical pain, memories become less painful, negative thought patterns are reduced, improves sleep and increases energy. Safe and Sound Protocol is a sound therapy that reduces anxiety and increases social engagement. Especially helpful to adults with anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, ADD, social anxiety/phobias.

— Cole Huggins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

Brainspotting is often used to reprocess traumatic memories, but it is beneficial for a wide range of issues and can be faster at targeting stuck memories than talk therapy alone.

— Kellita Thompson, Marriage & Family Therapist in Brentwood, TN
 

Brainspotting is a treatment method that utilizes your visual field to connect with the parts of your brain that hold onto unprocessed trauma. Brainspotting invites clients to process distressing experiences by following the lead of their body.

— Shavonne James, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

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 Foxfield, CO