What is Brainspotting? Brainspotting gives the therapist access to both brain and body processes, with its goal being to bypass the conscious, neocortical thinking to access the deeper, subcortical emotional and body-based parts of the brain. Brainspotting locates points in the client’s visual field that help access un-processed trauma in the subcortical brain. 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.

Who discovered Brainspotting?

Screen Shot 2019-02-03 at 7.32.52 PM.pngBrainspotting (BSP) was discovered in 2003 by David Grand, Ph.D, who discovered that “Where you look affects how you feel” and this technique shows that it is the brain activity, especially in the subcortical brain that organizes itself around a specific eye position.

“Where you look affects how you feel”

Screen Shot 2019-02-03 at 7.32.28 PM.pngBrainspotting makes use of this natural phenomenon through its use of relevant eye positions. This helps the BSP therapist locate, focus, process and release a wide range of emotionally and bodily-based conditions. BSP taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning and self-healing ability. BSP is even more powerful when used with the enhancement of bi-lateral sound.

Who is a good candidate for Brainspotting?

The short answer is anyone! However, often clients 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. Brainspotting is effective for a wide variety of emotional and somatic conditions. Brainspotting is particularly effective with trauma-based situations, helping to identify and heal underlying trauma that contributes to anxiety, depression and other behavioral conditions.


To learn more about Brainspotting I recommend viewing brief videos at:


I also recommend watching the following testimonial of how Brainspotting helped Ted McAllister

All information taken from and credited to David Grand, PhD .