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 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 prfound healing on a neurobiological level.

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

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 a certified Brainspotting Practioner. This is an effective deep brain-based modality that helps heal what traditional talk therapy can't such as trauma, developmental trauma, and performance issues. I do a comprehensive intake to assess issues and goals to help reduce symptoms.

— Samantha Schumann, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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
 

Brainspotting therapy helps you access and process deep emotional experiences and traumas held within your brain and body. During a Brainspotting session, we identify specific 'brainspots'—eye positions that correlate with the activation of traumatic or emotionally-charged memories. By focusing your gaze on these spots, we access and release the stored emotions and experiences.

— Erin Swan, Psychotherapist in Seattle, WA

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
 

My expertise in Brainspotting comes from extensive training and a deep understanding of its principles, focusing on the mind-body connection to address trauma. This approach allows me to help clients access and process unresolved issues, facilitating profound healing. By utilizing Brainspotting, I guide individuals through their healing journey, addressing emotional and psychological challenges at their core, promoting resilience, and fostering a powerful path to recovery and wellness.

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

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
 

Specializing in Brainspotting for Trauma. See www.brainspotting.com for more information.

— Elizabeth Reed, Clinical Social Worker in Alexandria, VA

Please see this link for information on brainspotting: https://wallstreettherapy.com/brainspotting-therapy

— Anna Kuyumcuoglu, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY
 

One of the newest therapeutic techniques, Brainspotting can help process trauma and other issues using you eyes to focus outwardly while the brain heals inwardly. As a certified Brainspotting practitioner, I will use this technique in areas where words may not bring healing or understanding.

— Karl Thomas, Student Therapist in St. Paul, MN

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
 

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, Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

I began training and certification in Brainspotting in 2020. This modality is in the same family as EMDR, using bilateral stimulation and eye positioning to help reduce activation in our brains and bodies related to specific events or sensations. Brainspotting can also be used to enhance performance for artists and athletes.

— Brandi Solanki, Counselor in Waco, TX
 

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 unique approach helps you release the psychological blocks that keep you from being your most connected, creative, actualized self. You may have heard “eyes are windows to the soul” before. As it turns out, there’s medical research that proves that this old phrase is true. As the creator of this Brainspotting, Dr. David Grand, says, “where you look affects how you feel.” Brainspotting helps track points in your visual field that reveal unprocessed trauma in the brain.

— Noelle Benach, Counselor in Baltimore, MD
 

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 have Levels 1 & 2 training to help with somatic movement of stored trauma in the body.

— Jessica Reynolds, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA