"Where you look affects how you feel."

What is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting was developed by David Grand PhD, a pioneer in the field of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Brainspotting helps to identify, focus, process and release trauma, pain, emotions, experiences and symptoms held over time. Brainspotting locates points in the visual field to access unprocessed trauma held in the subcortical brain. It was during this discovery that Grand recognized that the visual field is a reflection of the ongoing processes held in the brain and felt in the body. Therefore, Brainspotting is a modality that brings the brain and body into the therapeutic process.

"Where you look affects how you feel."

In simplistic terms, when something bothers you, you become activated. Ever notice when you are angry or worried, you feel nervousness or fluttery sensations in your chest? Your body is ‘activated.’ Through Brainspotting, we locate the position in your visual field that lines up with the place you are holding the activation in your brain, this is the brain-body connection. You process while gazing on the Brainspot.


How does Brainspotting Work?

Brainspotting bypasses the neocortex, the rational and thinking part of the brain and accesses the brain’s autonomic and limbic systems, located within the central nervous system. Brainspotting taps into the subcortical part of the brain to work with the implicit parts of the brain and self. It is where the emotional or body pain, trauma, dissociation, and other symptomology are – in that unconscious area.


The distress or trauma is processed during activation and while gazing on the spot, called a Brainspot. This focused-mindfulness is a deep brain process of the conscious self-observing the deeper self in an open, curious, noncritical fashion. In other words, while you hold focus on the spot, observe wherever your mind goes whether it makes sense or not because your deeper brain (that reptilian brain) knows what to do.

Brainspotting also uses Biolateral sound using healing nature sounds and music that move slowly and gently from ear to ear. This auditory response can help deepen and support the Brainspotting process.

What is a "Brainspot?"


A “Brainspot” is the activity in the subcortical brain in response to focused activation and eye position which is related to the energetic/emotional activation of a traumatic/emotionally charged issue within the brain. This activation likely occurs in the amygdala, the hippocampus, or the orbitofrontal cortex of the limbic system. "Located by eye position, paired with externally observed and internally experienced reflexive responses, a Brainspot is actually a physiological subsystem holding emotional experience in memory form.”

Dual Attunement: The Therapist/Client Connection

Dual attunement is the attuned, mindful, compassionate (empathetic), witnessing presence of the therapist.  combines the relational attunement to the client. Generally, the relationship between therapist and client has been held to be one of the most powerful connections to change. In this dual attunement, the therapist not only focuses on the relationship, but also the neurobiological attunement through locating the Brainspots. 


“The relationship is not meant to serve the Brainspotting;

the Brainspotting is meant to serve the relationship.” David Grand, PhD.

Attunement occurs as the clinician follows the client relationally and neurologically. It means relational presence is integrated with the technical, brain based aspect of brainspotting. As you mindfully observe your inner process, the therapist follows your process, wherever it goes. In this, the therapist is both witness to and participant in the client’s healing process.  The therapist openly and closely follows the client along until the client comes to a state of resolution. There are no assumptions made during this process. “It is this simultaneity of the relational and neurobiological attunement that synergistically fosters focused, powerful, deep processing that leads to healing resolution.” David Grand, PhD.

I couldn’t have said it any better!

Click here to listen to David Grand PhD the Founder of Brainspotting, provide insight about how Brainspotting came about, how it works, and how it can help in your healing process. 

Click here to see Ted's testimony of healing through Brainspotting. 

Click here to read about my personal healing journey with Brainspotting.

Personally trained by David Grand PhD, I am honored and excited to offer Brainspotting to you. Want to know if you are a good fit for Brainspotting? Click below to schedule your free 15 minute consultation. 

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    Shelly Bates, M.A., LPC BSP-CIT

    EMDR Certified

    Brainspotting (BSP) Practitioner

    Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator

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