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 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

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 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

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

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
 

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, Counselor in wellington, CO

Brainspotting Therapy may be the best option if you have tried standard talk therapy but found it ineffective and frequently find yourself being triggered, or if you’re having physical symptoms without a clear medical cause. Brainspotting can help the brain reprocess the trapped memories in such a way that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists often use Brainspotting to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of relational traumas, or childhood abuse.

— Atosha McLean, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
 

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 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 use brainspotting to help you process past traumatic experiences. I have found that by doing this you will become more effective at advocating for yourself, as well as identifying the messages that your brain and body send to you to help you function throughout your day.

— Rachelle Friedman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Our vision orients us to our outside environment and is deeply connected to our internal experiences. As we scan our external environment, our body naturally scans our internal environment. When we land on a "brainspot", a spot in our environment that corresponds with emotional and/or bodily activation, our body naturally signals this through bodily reflexes - This includes blinking, shifts in facial expressions, even bigger movements like a twitch in our legs and arms.

— Gabrielle Montana, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fitchburg, WI
 

Brainspotting locates points in the client’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. No need to tell the story, your brain was there and it can naturally heal itself with the right support.

— Laura Silverman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

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
 

This is a focused approach to resolving clients' presenting issues that goes directly to levels of the subcortex brain where our cognition, social functioning and affect are controlled. Brainspotting gives our bodies the ability to heal by tapping into this system and identifying the exact spot in your brain where the issue that you have is stuck. Through intense focused mindfulness on this "brain spot," and deep attunement of the therapist, we discharge bad memories in the nervous system.

— Jordan Nodelman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wilton Manors, FL

I have received Brainspotting training and am a Brainspotting practitioner. I am continuing to get hours of training in advanced Brainspotting techniques and practice in the modality in order to provide the best care possible for my clients. Brainspotting is a technique that involves a deeper level of processing for clients and therefore more access to getting to the root of addressing the trauma.

— Lacee Lovely Lawson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

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

Brainspotting utilizes the amazing power of your brain to store and process information. If you find yourself get in stuck in old patterns, or unable to let go of certain thoughts and memories, Brainspotting helps your mind integrate and let these things go. It is a remarkably effective technique useful for treating creative blocks, limiting negative beliefs and trauma. Get unstuck in life with the power of your mind!

— Courtney Terrell, Counselor in Fishers, IN
 

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