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

“Any life event which causes significant physical and/or emotional injury and distress, in which the person powerfully experiences being overwhelmed, helpless, or trapped, can become a traumatic experience. Brainspotting provides a tool for accessing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of conditions”
–Dr. David Grand

What is Brainspotting

Discovered by Dr. David Grand in 2003, Brainspotting is a dynamic process that stimulates the brains ability to self -heal.  Having worked with this technique for over a year I am profoundly impressed with its effectiveness in unlocking and resolving issues that people seek treatment for as well as enhancing performance and creative potential.

Brainspotting is therapeutic process that unlocks the body’s innate ability to “self-scan” to gain direct access to the brain’s autonomic and limbic systems. By accessing these deep brain systems, we can begin to dismantle trauma, distress and dysfunctional beliefs that were formed in a time of stress and/or trauma.

The process of Brainspotting involves identifying “Brainspots” through tracking reflexive responses in eye movement. When the Brainspot is stimulated, it creates a deep connection to the traumatic or emotionally charged issue, which can then be addressed. Within an empathic attunement frame client and therapist work together to address issues relevant to the clients distress.

Brainspotting can be used either in conjunction with other therapeutic techniques or on its own, depending on your needs. While developed out of a trauma model any issue can use the brainspotting technique. This includes the tradional reassons for seeking therapy such as

  • Trouble with interpersonal or familial relationships
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Anger, anxiety, irritability or depression
  • Search for meaning
  • Troubling, disruptive or unhealthy behavioral patterns

The goal of Brainspotting is to move the client from dysregulation (distress, emotional pain, anxiety) to regulation (relief of symptoms) as efficiently and effectively as possible.

  • Brainspotting can help you explore what led you to where you are
  • It helps you discern where you want to go
  • It can give you a framework for how you can change your life to achieve your goals

Brainspotting is effective for athletes and artists:


  • Yips, slumps, feeling frozen, drop off in performance
  • Performance enhancement
  • Unlocking skills

Watch this ESPN 30 for 30 Short: Fields of Fear about NY Mets catcher Mack Sasser’s experience with David Grand and Brainspotting.


  • Movement toward realization of potential
  • Anxiety
  • Creative blocks
  • Stage fright
  • Inhibition
  • Performance enhancement
  • Unlocking creative expression

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