What is Brainspotting?

According to therapist and creator David Grand, the direction in which people look or gaze can affect the way they feel. During Brainspotting, therapists help people position their eyes in ways that enable them to target sources of negative emotion. With the aid of a pointer, Brainspotting therapists slowly guide the eyes of people in therapy across their field of vision to find appropriate “Brainspots,” with a Brainspot being an eye position that activates a traumatic memory or painful emotion. Practitioners of the procedure believe it allows access to emotions on a deeper level and target the physical effects of trauma.

What is Brainspotting effective for?

  • Trauma
  • Emotional and somatic conditions
  • Artists – unblocking creativity, overcoming stage fright and performance expansion
  • Athletes – enhancing performance

How is Brainspotting different from talk therapy?

Talk therapy engages the neocortex, our conscious, thinking brain. The goal of Brainspotting is to bypass the conscious, neocortical thinking to access the deeper, subcortical emotional and body-based parts of the brain.

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