• Brainspotting

    What Is Brainspotting?

    Brainspotting is a brain-body based therapy technique that was discovered and developed by David Grand, Ph.D. While working with a gymnast on a sports performance issue, he found that by finding specific eye positions, he was able to help the gymnast access the connection between their emotions and the memory of events that were impairing their performance goals. Through the use of the eyespot and the guidance of therapy, the gymnast processed these memories and went on to achieve a higher level of performance. Since its discovery, Brainspotting has been refined and expanded for use in other areas such as anxiety, trauma, and grief. The goal of Brainspotting is to work through memories holding emotion-memory connections that are hampering an individual’s daily life and goals. Brainspotting can help minimize anxiety, process unresolved trauma, release creative blocks, improve quality of life, and increase self-awareness. By accessing the parts of the brain holding memories, emotions, and reactions in a way talk therapy alone cannot, Brainspotting facilitates a deeper, longer-lasting healing than other methods of therapy. 

    Who Would Benefit from Brainspotting?

    Brainspotting can be used in the treatment of trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief, sports performance challenges, creative blocks, relationship issues, negative beliefs, and more. It is especially effective at bringing relief and movement to areas where individual’s feel “stuck”, whether emotionally, relationally, mentally, or physically. If you are curious about brainspotting and wondering if it is the right type of therapy for you, contact one of our Brainspotting specialists below for more information.

    What Can I Expect?

    Your Brainspotting therapist will work with you to determine the best way to approach your specific therapy goals. If Brainspotting is utilized, your therapist will walk you through the process of finding the eye positions that will help facilitate the progress you are looking for. Once the eye position is found, the Brainspotting therapist will guide you as you process your memories and emotions. Depending on the nature of your situation, you may reach your goals in just a few sessions, or you may choose to dive deeper and process with your therapist over a longer period of time. Your therapist will help you determine the timeline that is the best fit for you.

    Therapists Who Offer Brainspotting:


    Lorren Penner, M.A, AMFT 109494

    Brainspotting, Trauma, Anxiety: 408-418-8285
    Supervised by Julie Nasser, LMFT 41524

    Julie Nasser, LMFT 41524

    Sexual Abuse, Brainspotting/Trauma, Adolescents & Families: 408-566-3682


    Mary Jean Walton, LMFT 47885

    Trauma, Anxiety, Couples: 408-235-9790

    Janie Sacks, LMFT 84374

    Anxiety, Depression, Trauma (Brainspotting): 408-535-0163