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Brainspotting

 

BRAINSPOTTING


WHAT IS A BRAINSPOT?

A Brainspot is found through the eyes, and corresponds with the activation in the brain and body.

Because our eyes connect directly to the subcortical, mid-brain, Brainspotting helps release unpleasant, stored experiences by processing through the visual field. This supports the resolution of painful or traumatic experiences allowing optimal functioning to resume.

WHAT IS BRAINSPOTTING?

Brainspotting is a brain-body based therapy. Talk therapy engages the neocortex – our thinking, conscious brain – while somatic therapies (such as Brainspotting) access the subcortical system where trauma and distress are often stored.

Current research in neuroscience reveals that painful memories can get stuck in the non-verbal, non-cognitive subcortical brain which diminishes our ability to live fully in the here and now. Some people experience anxiety, depression or just the sense of not feeling like themselves.  

Brain-body based therapy is the fastest-growing field of trauma treatment because of its proven ability to rapidly address issues that traditional talk therapy takes longer to resolve. 

Click on this link to watch a video where Dr. David Grand explains how Brainspotting works.

Brainspotting has been shown to be effective in treating performance anxiety in athletes and performers.  Click on this link to watch actual footage from a Brainspotting session that Dr. Grand did with Mackey Stasser, a former catcher for the New York Mets. 

HOW CAN IT HELP ME?

Brainspotting can be helpful in reducing symptoms of :

  • trauma

  • anxiety, depression & panic

  • phobias

  • creativity and performance blocks

  • physical pain

  • addiction, cravings & compulsive behaviors

  • unprocessed grief

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I'm certified in Brainspotting, and as an Approved Brainspotting Consultant, I have the privilege of preparing Brainspotting students for certification. I'm also one of the founding members of Brainspotting Los Angeles. We are a professional association of psychotherapists who utilize Brainspotting in our Los Angeles-based private practices.