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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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

I am intensively trained in brain spotting, which is used in conjunction with other treatments to treat PTSD

— Amy Hunter, Licensed Professional Counselor in West Hartford, CT
 

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

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

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
 

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

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
 

In a brainspotting session, a trained therapist guides the client's attention to identify brainspots linked to distress or trauma. These brainspots are typically found through eye positions that correspond to emotional and somatic activation. The therapist helps the client maintain focus on the brainspot, exploring associated thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations.

— Safe Space Counseling Services LLC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in , MD

When we experience trauma, which is a more common and ordinary experience than we realize, our brains are unable to process the traumatic material. Through neurobiological research, we know that in a trauma state, the brain stores trauma in the midbrain, which makes it difficult to heal and process traumatic material through talk therapy alone. I offer brainspotting to help put the brain into a position where it can heal itself of the traumatic symptoms.

— Bryan Owens, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Indianapolis, IN
 

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

I am trained in Brainspotting Level 1 and use this often in my practice. I have utilized this modality to help reduce intrusive thoughts, decrease symptoms related to OCD/anxiety, have less of an emotional response when thinking of painful memories, and doing trauma processing when traditional talk therapy has been ineffective.

— JULIE SICHELSTIEL, Therapist in Dover, NH
 

Brainspotting is a therapeutic approach that targets and processes emotional and traumatic experiences by identifying specific "brainspots" within the individual's field of vision. These spots are connected to the activation of unresolved issues in the brain. Through focused attention and bilateral stimulation, often using eye movements, Brainspotting helps individuals access and release deep-seated emotions, allowing for healing and relief. It's a unique and effective method that taps into the

— EH Psychotherapy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cary, NC

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.

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

Where you looks affects how you feel. BSP makes use of this natural phenomenon through its use of relevant eye positions. This helps the BSP therapist 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. We believe that BSP taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability.

— Eric Strom, Clinical Social Worker in Minnetonka, MN

I offer Brainspotting, an evidence based modality that grew out of EMDR which can facilitate trauma release and non-verbal processing of traumatic memories and limiting beliefs. Brainspotting works at a very deep subconscious level and targets material that is often unavailable in talk therapy.

— Olivia White, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
 

"Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms" Using brainspotting with clients has helped heal the brain from trauma, helped reduce anxiety, helped with OCD symptoms and so much more. I've been amazed at the power of brainspotting for clients and myself at increasing emotional regulation and trauma healing!

— Kylee Nelson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

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