"Where you look affects how you feel"

Developed by David Grand, PhD, Brainspotting works by using stable eye positions and sensation awareness to release stuck traumatic patterns caused by current and/or other early traumas.

This approach is for you if you feel trapped in a traumatic event that keeps repeating itself in your life. You are looking for a focused, research based, approach to face your suffering and reduce, or extinguish, the emotional intensity of that traumatic event.

Brainspotting works by developing attention through the deeper parts of the brain to access the trauma directly.

This approach is both direct and supportive. It works by bringing attention to the somatic symptoms attached to the story of the trauma, since research shows that the pain locked in the deeper parts of the brain are connected to the nervous system. From there, we would locate the eye position to awaken the somatic sensations arising in the nervous system and the brain. At the same time, we would also look for a ‘resource’ point, an eye position that allows for a feeling of calmness. Through these two points, we would work to process and reduce, or extinguish, the intense feelings connected to the traumatic event. 

Brainspotting is for anyone who feels stuck in a pattern in their life that is connected to a distress/trauma response. Symptoms of this include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic Stress
  • Chronic Pain
  • PTSD
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Other issues that create a feeling of being disconnected with how you want to live.

After a number of Brainspotting sessions, clients have reported no longer feeling triggered by memories or experiences in the present, or that they arrive at a place where the trigger is more manageable.

If you would like to learn more about Brainspotting, visit, or set up a free 30 minute consultation with me and I’ll answer any questions you have.

Brainspotting also works well with Gestalt therapy, and we may move between the two depending on your needs in the moment.

I work both online and in person. Because of the current social isolation, I am working solely through secure online video for the time being (research has shown that online therapy, as well as Brainspotting, can be just as helpful as in person sessions, for more info on the efficacy of online therapy, see here).

Initial 30 min consultation is free. Most insurance companies cover the cost of our sessions. Ensure that your insurance covers Psychotherapy. Sessions cost $150 + HST. I offer sliding scale on a limited basis, please ask me if I have space available.

All sessions are 55 mins long.

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