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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David Grand, Ph.D., developed Brainspotting, a therapeutic technique that uses fixed eye positions to help connect the mind and body, tapping into the unconscious mind and how eye position relates to the client’s struggles. This procedure allows the client to identify and process trauma and negative emotions. Brainspotting helps you process a troubling occurrence quickly and effectively. Brainspotting provides access to self-healing by helping you process what you are feeling.

— Traci Bovino, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA

Processing through trauma can be hard, so to make it easier I use a method called Brainspotting. Brainspotting uses your line of vision that corresponds with specific emotional responses or past experiences. Sometimes your body knows what you can’t say and we use all of you to get through stuck spots and heal the core of your pain. After releasing your trauma we can really zoom in on healing by filtering other therapies that work well for you and reach your wellness goals.

— Alisha Olson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate

I am trained to provide Brainspotting therapy and have completed levels 1 and 2. Brainspotting was developed by an EMDR practitioner; it helps combine somatic experiencing, bilateral sensation and fixed eye positioning to help you process your experience as we engage in regular talk therapy.

— Niku (Nick) Shah, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I have completed phase 1 and 2 of brain spotting, I have a phase 3 with David grand later this year as well as an expansion training. I have enjoyed learning and sharing this with my clients. Some clients prefer it so far over EMDR that I work with. You are able to access information that is stored deeper in your brain and work on many things such as anxiety, depression, stress, traumas ect

— Rachel Hayes, Licensed Professional Counselor in wellington, CO

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

I use three approaches to counseling, a Cognitive Behavioral approach, an Existential-Humanistic approach and a mind-body focused therapy called Brainspotting. This means that during sessions we will focus on your perceptions and personal beliefs that contribute to challenges, as well as the things that give your life meaning and purpose. We can also target emotions and memories stored in the body and mind to support your own self-regulation.

— Constance Thorsnes, Marriage & Family Therapist

I love so much about Brainspotting; it compliments attachment theory & "parts" work & allows clients to do "deep work," that sometimes isn't possible with talk therapy alone. It's a way to clear through "stuff" in a completely different way so that clients can heal and move forward with their lives. I've taken variety of Brainspotting trainings & am in the process of being certified by Winter 2021.

— Jennifer Dolphin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Anchorage, AK

I am a certified brainspotting practitioner, which means I have completed Phase 1 and 2 trainings, completed 6 consultations and have completed over 50 brainspotting sessions. I used brainspotting as my primary treatment approach for not only trauma, but many other presenting concerns clients bring. It is also my preferred treatment approach for my own therapy.

— Katie Dolinsky, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Westbrook, ME

Brainspotting is a brain/body based processing technique that I have found helpful for clients wanting to process trauma and/or move through "stuckness."

— Birch Snogles, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ann arbor, MI

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 Siu, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, 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 Gilbert, AZ

This mind-body approach to healing trauma is a wonderful tool for enhancing your goals in therapy. I have added this way of working since 2021, completing 72 hours of training in that time. I have been humbled by how it can open up the healing potential that lies in each of us.

— Ellen Tarby, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Ithaca, NY

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 relatively gentle when compared with other modalities, though the results are most powerful.

— Christine Bates, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oxford, MS

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

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

I am currently a certified Brainspotting (BSP) practitioner and have been using it in my practice for the last three years. When I was a child in the Philippines I knew my grandmother was anxious because she would talk about how much her arms were swelling. Not everyone talks in therapy. BSP, in my opinion, is a non-oppressive form of therapy because it allows for a larger range of processing that isn't dependent on the client saying the right things.

— Marivi Acuna, Clinical Psychologist in Fort Worth, TX

The two modes of Brainspotting are activation and resource. Our emotions and feelings give language to our experiences and what’s going on. The Allocortex is the part of the brain that gives us access to our emotions and helps with regulation, it has access to parts of the brain that help with emotions and it is a covering of the limbic system. That's the part we tap into to heal trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, etc.

— Michele Ramey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Las Vegas, NV

Brainspotting is a brain-based therapy. I have observed it lead to change for many individuals, including myself. BSP is grounded in the idea that “Where you look affects how you feel,” as identified by its founder and developer, David Grand, PhD.

— Amanda Stretcher, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

Brainspotting is a body-based modality for healing trauma and regulating the nervous system. Brainspotting locates points in a client’s visual field that help access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. The subcortical brain is the most primitive part of the brain and what lights up on a brain scan when the body detects a threat and goes into a stress response of fight, flight, freeze, or fawn. Brainspotting helps you experience profound healing on a neurobiological level.

— Janelle Stepper, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Roseville, CA