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What is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting (BSP) is a trauma treatment that originated from EMDR (Eye-movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and discovered by David Grand, Ph.D. in 2003.

Over 10,000 therapists have been trained in BSP in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Some therapists and clients alike would describe the process of brainspotting as more a “more gentle process” although both treatments are beneficial with treating trauma.

Brainspotting makes use of this natural phenomenon through its use of relevant eye positions. This helps the Brainspotting therapist to locate, focus, process and release a wide range of emotionally and bodily-based conditions. Brainspotting is also a brain-based tool to support the therapy relationship. It has been shown that Brainspotting taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability. When a Brainspot is stimulated, the deep brain appears to reflexively signal the therapist that the source of the problem has been found. Brainspotting can be used to find and strengthen our natural resources and resilience. Brainspotting is designed as a therapeutic tool that can be integrated into many of the healing modalities, and can also be used for performance and creativity enhancement.

As a client, why choose Brainspotting? Client’s often fall into two categories. The first being those who are seeking therapy for the first time. The second are people who have been in therapy before who are seeking a therapist with new techniques. With focus and precision, one can find with eye positions (Brainspots) where the trauma, anxiety, depression, or behavioral problems are held in the brain. This allows the brain to process from the inside out and from the bottom up.


Here is a short video about the process and benefits of Brainspotting.

Additional information about Brainspotting can be found at Check out this book by David Grand, PhD for more information.

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