"Where you look affects how you feel" - David Grand
Brainspotting is a relatively new form of treatment that taps into the body’s innate ability to heal in order to reduce and eliminate the impact of unresolved trauma, negative beliefs, and emotional distress. It accomplishes this by using a unique and powerful combination of specific eye positioning and bilateral auditory stimulation (music).
Developed by Dr. David Grand just over a decade ago, brainspotting is based upon the idea that what’s going on inside our brain is directly related to where we focus our eyes. To quote Dr. Grand, “Where you look affects how you feel.” That’s the foundational premise — the motto — of this powerful modality.
Dr. Grand discovered that there is a very specific and intimate relationship between our brain and our eyes. Whenever we visually scan our surroundings for information, we’re also scanning our brain for our thoughts, ideas, and emotional responses. We also may be scanning our brain to find where repressed memories and feelings (related to something traumatic or distressing) are stored.
Many experts in the area of trauma treatment believe that when we are overwhelmed by something traumatic or deeply distressing, the emotional “charge” or memory from that event becomes stored or trapped in our body. We’re often unaware that this has even occurred, but our brain is altered as a result. It can cause problems on all levels — emotionally, mentally, and physically.
Brainspotting is designed to discover, dislodge, and ultimately release that trapped energy so it no longer causes problems in our life.
Dr. David Grand explains what Brainspotting is and how it helps people heal.
Brainspotting with kids
Brainspotting offers people of all ages the opportunity to receive immediate and long-lasting relief from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression and other negative issues and beliefs.
Brainspotting can be used effectively with children. When working with children, we use simple, creative ways to engage the child through play based on the child’s age, trauma responses, and attachment styles. Brainspotting is tailored to meet the developmental needs of the child.