developed by David Grand, PhD

What is it?

Brainspotting is a neurobiological tool for accessing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of somatic and emotionally-based conditions in a way that is deep, direct, and powerful yet focused and containing.  It works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Enhanced with bilateral sound, Brainspotting works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body's central nervous system.

A "Brainspot" is an eye position, observed by the therapist and paired with a person's internally experienced reflexive responses, which is related to energetic & emotional activation of traumatic or emotionally charged issues within the brain. It is considered to be a physiological, bodily subsystem that holds emotional experiences in memory form.

Brainspotting functions as a neurobiological tool to support the clinical healing relationship. This tool is not a replacement for a mature, nurturing, therapeutic presence & the ability to engage another human in a safe and trusting relationship where they feel heard, accepted, and understood.

Brainspotting gives us a tool, within the clinical relationship, to locate, focus, process, and release experiences and symptoms that are typically out of reach of the conscious mind and its cognitive and language capacity.

To learn more about Brainspotting, visit the webpage of its developer David Grand, PhD, at

At The Guidance Group Counseling, Dan Maki, MA, LMFT, LICSW, and Allyssa Gordon, MSEd, LPC-IT (WI), offer Brainspotting in conjunction with individual psychotherapy.  To learn more, please give us a call.

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