What is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting (BSP) is a rather new revelation. It was discovered by accident by David Grand, Ph.D. in 2003, while in the process of developing a new form of EMDR, called Natural Flow EMDR. Briefly, EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment approach, also known as, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

“Where you look affects how you feel.” – Dr. David Grand

This discovery gave David a whole new perspective on the brain-body connection. Brainspotting is used to find points in one’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma which is located in the subcortical brain.  The brain activity happening within the subcortical brain organizes itself around this eye position, giving the client assess to these “files”. Files of our past, unprocessed trauma. By spotting these points and these ‘files’, we are able to untangle all the unprocessed emotions contributing to the years of symptoms caused by trauma, PTSD, attachment issues, abuse, and many other trauma-based situations.

How does it work?

Dr. David believes in the body’s ability to do its own self-scanning and self-healing.

Brainspotting a brain-based tool that helps the therapist-client relationship. The therapist gains access to both brain and body processes with the goal of accessing the subcortical (deep) emotional and body-based parts of the brain and bypassing the neocortical (conscious) thinking part of the brain. It’s the deep brain that we need to access to start digesting all the unprocessed emotions.

BSP through the use of eye positions it helps the therapist locate, focus, process and release a range of emotionally and bodily-based conditions. We call these “brainspots”. When a spot is activated, the deep brain sends a reflexive signal which the therapist and client learn to identify through the use of body-scans. It can also be used with the enhancement of BioLateral Sound cd’s.

Brainspotting is a great therapeutic tool and often integrated with many healing modalities, such reiki, acupuncture, herbal therapy, chiropractic care, nutrition counseling,

Who can it help?

Brainspotting is extremely effective. It can be used with a variety of emotional and somatic conditions, such as trauma-based situations. It helps reveal the underlying reasons for why one may be battling with symptoms of anxiety, depression and/or other behavioral conditions.

It is also good for performance and creativity enhancement.

Media on Brainspotting:

Interview:   With Dr.David Grand about Brainspotting
Interview:   With Dr. David Grand about trauma, how the brain processes trauma, and how Brainspotting helps?
Podcast:   By Tami Simon with David Grand about the New Evolution in Brain-based Therapy
ESPN Short Series 30 for 30 Shorts:  Fields of Fear

Brainspotting Articles:

Case Study – Brainspotting Therapy: About a Bataclan Victim

Emdr Vs Brainspotting