Brainspotting® (BSP) & BSP® Training

What is Brainspotting®?

The video answer

Here I am in 2014 being interviewed by Clinton Power about Brainspotting Therapy

 Who does Brainspotting work with?

 As a client, why choose Brainspotting?

What is a Brainspot?

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What is Brainspotting®?

The written answer

Brainspotting® is a highly attuned brain-based relational therapy which we will use together as the basis for our healing work.

BSP is by the far the most amazing therapy I have ever learned and used. I am now an International Brainspotting trainer with Brainspotting Australia Pacific, which means I am up to date on all the latest developments in this incredible brain based therapy. I use BSP in conjunction with Somatic Experiencing (SE) developed by Peter Levine.

[I’ve added some links to Brainspotting research at the end of this page.]

Talk-therapy can only take you so far in your healing process. But if you are reading this, you already know that.

After you have progressed all you can with that modality, you need to continue your journey with therapies that can access the rest of your brain – that’s where Brainspotting and Somatic Therapies come in.

Brain/body-based therapies are the fastest growing in the field of psychological health because of their proven ability to address and completely resolve issues that talk therapy cannot. Brainspotting®, also focuses on the body’s experience during the processing rather than what thoughts clients are having.

This is because Brainspotting® developed further  after Dr Grand spoke at length to Dr Peter Levine about Somatic Experiencing (which Dr Levine developed). So Brainspotting is a highly attuned brain and body based relational therapy.

Dr David Grand, the developer of Brainspotting®, has combined the strengths of both brain-based therapy and the importance of the relationship between the client and the therapist from talk therapy into a powerful technique he calls Brainspotting®

The motto of Brainspotting® is, “Where you look affects how you feel.”
What Brainspotting® is, put simply……

If something is bothering you, how you feel about it changes, depending on whether your eyes look left, right, up or down.

Your eyes and your brain are intricately connected and signals sent from your eyes are processed deep within your brain.

Your brain then directs where to focus your eyes from moment to moment.

Trauma can overwhelm the brain’s processing capacity leaving behind pieces of the trauma, frozen in an unprocessed state. Brainspotting® uses your field of vision to find where you are holding pieces of the trauma in your brain. Your eyes can actually scan inside your brain as well as outside!

Brainspotting® uses this inner scanning ability of your eyes and brain to identify an external spot in your field of vision and while you focus on it, your brain begins to naturally release and resolve the frozen pieces of your unprocessed trauma.

Brainspotting does not require the client to talk about the “whole story” of what happened, in fact, it is better to minimise the amount of talking, as the parts of the brain UNinvolved in speech are the parts which are processing the bulk of the “stuck” story which traditional talk-therapies have not been able to connect to.


Talk therapies only access the cortical region of the brain, (see picture) and cannot access the sub-cortical region of the brain at all which Brainspotting does. So, as you can see from the diagram, talk-therapies are very limited in their ability to resolve mental health issues, because they  only access a small portion of the whole brain.

Brainspotting accesses BOTH, so whole brain recovery is possible.

Brainspotting accesses the sub-cortical brain directly through the eyes and visual field. Towards the end of the Brainspotting session, the cortical brain is also accessed when we debrief the session cognitively and verbally.


If you would like some more info on the functions of the parts of the sub-cortical brain you can have a look at this Youtube video.

(p.2. Brainspotting®, The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change, Dr David Grand)



  1. F.M. Corrigan, D. Grand, and R. Raju, 2015

Brainspotting: Sustained attention, spinothalamic tracts, thalamocortical processing, and the healing adaptive orientation truncated by traumatic experience.

2. Hildebrand, A., Grand, D., & Stemmler, M. (2014). A preliminary study of the efficacy of Brainspotting: a new therapy approach for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.Institute of Psychology, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen Nuremberg, Version:14.1129.05.2012.

3. The following is a research study on types of treatment and outcomes, comprised of nine Sandy Hook/Newtown residents who represent perspectives from many different impacted groups including victims, surviving children, surviving teachers, emergency responders, Sandy Hook parents, community members, and the faith community.

From Wikipedia: The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children aged between 6 and 7 years old, as well as six adult staff members. Prior to driving to the school, Lanza shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home. As first responders arrived at the scene, Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

This is a small sample (9), but the results are indicative of anecdotal results being achieved by Brainspotting trained therapists world-wide (currently almost 10,000 trained world-wide at the end of 2016)

Research results: sandy-hook-bsp

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