What is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting was discovered in 2003 by David Grand, Ph.D. Brainspotting provides a neurobiological tool to help people work through experiences of trauma. Brainspotting acts as a stimulant to the body’s own natural ability to heal itself from trauma. Brainspotting helps people access the painful memories, process the associated negative emotions, and overcome psychological pain that may be causing mental health symptoms. It Brainspotting promotes the body’s natural healing processes. Unlike talk therapy, which relies on the brain’s cognitive understanding to process its experiences through talking, Brainspotting engages the deep brain and its unconscious processes.

David Grand states “Where we look affects how we feel.” Brainspotting treatment involves having patients position their eyes in certain ways that allows them to target the sources of negative emotion. The therapist uses a pointer to guide the client’s eyes in order to discover “brain spots” which will activate a traumatic memory or painful emotion. Finding these brain spots allows patients to access emotions on a deeper level, and enables clients to quickly and effectively focus and process through the deep brain sources of many emotional, somatic and performance problems.

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