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

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

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

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
 

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

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 is a brain/body based processing technique that I have found helpful for clients wanting to process areas in which they are stuck.

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

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
 

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

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 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

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

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
 

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

Brainspotting is a powerful, yet gentle, treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Within a safe clinical relationship, Brainspotting allows us to neurobiologically locate, focus, process, and release experiences and symptoms that are typically out of reach of the conscious mind and its cognitive and language capacity.

— Gina Della Penna, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Garden City, NY
 

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