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Dr. Clare Albright
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Brain Spotting

How Brainspotting Therapy Works to

Effectively Treat Anxiety and Trauma

Trauma, negative emotions and pain can keep us from living our happiest life. Fortunately, there are a number of therapies available that can help in the treatment of these feelings and emotions. 


One relatively new type of therapy is called brainspotting. Read on to find out more about this therapy and how it is improving quality of life for those that are suffering.


Developed by therapist David Grand, brainspotting is based on the theory that the direction people look or gaze can affect the way they feel.


















During therapy, therapists use a pointer to help people position their eyes in such a way that best targets feelings of negative emotions. Once this positioning is achieved, therapists can access deeper levels of the emotions to target the physical effects of the trauma and begin the healing process.


In the brainspotting process, a method called dual attunement is used by therapists to help patients reconcile trauma. Here, therapists are able to evaluate the reflexive movements that result from the brainspot being activated.


These movements come from a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain known as the limbic system. Observation of these reactions, coming from outside the patient’s cognitive and verbal awareness, heightens the therapists attunement to the client’s reflexive changes giving them further insight to the trauma and its resolution.


Brainspotting has been growing in popularity as an effective way to deal with trauma and negative emotions including anxiety, ADHD, anger issues, phobias, substance abuse, chronic fatigue chronic pain and more.


It is a powerful, focused treatment method that works to identify sources of pain and trauma deeply rooted in the brain.  Patients and doctors are encouraged to further research this form of treatment to find out more about how it can help improve quality of life.

Brain Spotting Therapy

Brainspotting is a somewhat new powerful treatment designed to help people access, process and overwhelmed the trauma that they have suffered in their life. Besides, it assists people to process their disrupted energy flows and psychologically triggered pain. This powerful therapy is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with bilateral sound, which is sincere, direct, and compelling yet focused and containing.


Brainspotting originated from EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is a psychotherapy treatment that helps to lessen symptoms triggered by traumatic memories. This powerful technique brought into existence through David Grand’s extensive work with survivors of trauma, and numerous mental health practitioners utilizing the approach have discovered it to be a useful form of therapy for a diversity of mental health problems. Brainspotting has become a therapeutic tool used by many psychiatric physicians to deal with various psychological concerns in their patients.


Using Brainspotting in Treatment

Like several new therapies, brain-spotting has to be more extensively researched to discover how persistently effective it is for patients. There have been a couple of studies comparing the advantages of brain-spotting to other types of treatment to figure out its effectiveness. However, the new therapy has been escalating in recognition, and more healthcare professionals are finding it advantageous for their patients that are dealing with trauma and negative emotions.


If you are keen on trying brain-spotting, then you can find a therapy center near you that offers this option. It is always wise to consult with a therapist to determine if this type of therapy is a good idea for you.


How Does Brainspotting Work?

A brain-spot stands for the eye position that connects with the part of the brain that is holding a negative memory. The negative memory trapped in this part of the brain, this unconscious part that has been keeping these detrimental memories from affecting and interfering in our everyday lives. The brain has good motives, but the reality is that by storing these damaging memories the brain is doing more harm than good.


A brain-spotting psychologist can help you access those negative memories or traumas and enable you to release them from your brain, allowing your brain and your body to recover swiftly. For example, if a military veteran is undergoing brain-spotting techniques, the psychologist will help him or her concentrate on a spot that connects with the negative memory of the trauma. Once they can evoke that traumatic event, the therapist can help them process through the negative emotions, and they can discharge it.


Who Can Benefit?

Brainspotting is a sophisticated form of psychotherapy that extends to parts of the brain not typically accessed through traditional treatments.


For that reason, anyone needing psychotherapy of any kind may benefit from this technique. There is a long list of mental health conditions that can be treated with brain-spotting. Some of the disorders are anger, phobias, anxiety, and all types of traumas, chronic pain and even impulse control problems.


Where Do You Get Brainspotting?

It is essential that you look for an experienced professional, one who is trained explicitly in brain-spotting.


As of 2018, there are over 8,000 licensed and trained brain-spotting experts all over the world. A list of certified psychologist can be found via the brain-spotting international organization. Because the psychologist has to be in complete attunement with their clients, they require special certification in the area of brain-spotting.

Call Dr. Clare Albright, Psy.D., CA Psychologist License PSY11660 at (949) 454-0996 at

Brain Spotting Therapy for Trauma and PTSD
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