Brainspotting™ is the discovery of David Grand, Ph.D., one of the pioneer EMDR trainers.
Brain-based therapy is the fastest-growing area in the field of psychological health because it has proven that it can immediately address issues that talk therapy can take years to heal. Now Dr. David Grand presents the next leap forward in psychological care—combining the strengths of brain-based and talk therapies into a powerful technique he calls Brainspotting.
While practicing EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) he discovered that having the client’s eyes focused on one spot produced even more significant results with less distress than traditional EMDR.
As Dr. Grand says, “Where we look affects how we feel.” Brainspotting™ works by stimulating the brain bi-laterally (left to right and back again) with sounds or music and then finding a spot that “activates the body” or heightens the client’s awareness of a sensation in their body. This body activation is the gateway into the sub-conscious where distressing negative memories, negative self-beliefs, feelings or behaviors can be reprocessed. This reprocessing provides rapid and significant symptom relief.
Most people are pleasantly surprised at how quickly symptoms are relieved with Brainspotting™. It is typical for distress around a certain issue, negative self-belief or unwanted behavior to improve after just one session. In addition, the resolution of one distressing life event often generalizes and provides overall feelings of well-being. The process is so seamless that many clients report after their first session of Brainspotting™ that they had a terrific week but aren’t sure if it was the session that caused the change. With each session, the client learns to appreciate the power of these therapies.
Symptom reduction is the primary goal and the most common outcome. Many clients are surprised to find a dramatic improvement in their general sense of well-being.