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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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 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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Ann Arbor, MI
 

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

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.

— Susan Stork, Sex Therapist in Baltimore, MD
 

Brainspotting is a psychotherapy modality that works with the brain and body (somatic) to help you heal and recover from negative and traumatic experiences as well as bring clarity to emotional confusion and ambivalence regarding the issues in one’s life. Brainspotting engages in neurobiological and emotional processes that allows the person to access the deepest recesses of the emotional brain or limbic system where unprocessed trauma and negative experiences are stored and allows for healing.

— John Edwards, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

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 trained, but not yet certified, in brainspotting, having completed phases 1 and 2, as well as further training in working with addiction. Brainspotting is at its core a somatic trauma modality, emerging out of EMDR, that is premised on the observation that "where you look affects how you feel." It has, together with other somatic-based modalities, revolutionized the way I work with trauma. (For more information about brainspotting, check out brainspotting.com.)

— Ilana Skarling, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Brainspotting locates points in the client’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. Brainspotting (BSP) was discovered in 2003 by David Grand, Ph.D. Over 13,000 therapists have been trained in BSP (52 internationally). Dr. Grand discovered that “Where you look affects how you feel.” It is the brain activity, especially in the subcortical brain that organizes itself around that eye position. Learn more here -https://brainspotting.com/

— Dr. Jada Philips, PhD, Psychologist in Parsippany, NJ
 

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 was discovered by an EMDR therapist who noticed that "where you look affects how you feel." By noticing activation (intense feelings, body sensations, etc.) in one's body and visual field, the therapist and client can work to better process memories and experiences that are connected to less conscious parts of the brain. It can sound a little strange at first, but it allows one to connect to feelings that are a little more difficult to access through traditional talk therapy.

— Sammy Kirk, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

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 is an advanced brain body technique for healing emotional trauma, anxiety, depression and PTSD. It is one of the few techniques that effectively addresses the root cause of psychological stress and trauma. It is based on the premise that where you look, or your eye position correlates with deep seated emotional experiences that are typically unreachable by traditional talk therapy.

— Nastassja Vargas, Clinical Social Worker in ,

Brainspotting (BSP) uses a Mind/Body approach to psychotherapy that evolved from Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and the Somatic Experiencing (SE) modalities. Upsetting memories are stored deep within the brain and the body. BSP helps to release these stressors because it works from the deeper level of the autonomic nervous system and within the limbic system in the brain. Brainspotting is an effective and efficient healing modality that can be used with all clients.

— Sasha Taylor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA
 

I am trained in Brainspotting, a brain & body-based modality that is a modification of EMDR. Brainspotting is a gentle approach that involves accessing the limbic and reptilian parts of the brain through exploring different eye positions which can affect how you feel. By gentle discovery of this eye position, one can access the body's natural capacity to heal from trauma.

— David Javate, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in South San Francisco, CA

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 been recently certified in Brainspotting through the Pacific Trauma Center in Folsom and David Grand. Brainspotting is a fascinating intervention that works in a similar way to EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in that it works through the client's eyes to reach and heal the trauma.

— Margaret (Peggy) Farrell, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Mateo, CA

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