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 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

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
 

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

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 (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

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 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 helps you identify and release how your body stores pain and trauma. Trauma is both a physiological (or body) and psychological (mind) experience. We will work together to find your brainspot, or activation spot, and through that we will tap into a deeper processing level than we can with talk therapy. I am currently working towards my Brainspotting certification.

— Shae Loucks, Psychotherapist
 

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 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 ,
 

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

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 an innovative body-based treatment approach for trauma. Together, the therapist and client identify areas in the client’s visual field (where they look) that assist in gaining access to the subcortical brain so that the body’s natural healing process can take place.

— Jessica Magenheimer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

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 is a treatment approach which helps by identifying, processing, and releasing stored negative or traumatic experiences from the brain to help affected individuals heal from within. BSP is based on the idea that where you look affects how you feel. . I have found Brainspotting to be one of the most effective tools in healing anxiety, depression and trauma. (really any issue you face!) I have seen amazing progress in clients in a shorter amount of time vs. regular talk therapy.

— Chris McDonald, Licensed Professional Counselor in Raleigh, NC
 

Brainspotting is an effective trauma treatment that works by helping you identify, process, and release emotional and physical pain from the limbic system. It allows you to transform traumatic responses and​ the negative beliefs. Trauma can be healed.

— Tanya Hanrihan, 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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Ann Arbor, MI