Brainspotting (BSP) is a relational and brain-based approach that helps clients resolve a variety of concerns related to stress, anxiety, or trauma, especially when traditional talk therapy is not effective. BSP also provides rapid resolution of traumatic symptoms so that clients need not reexperience traumatic events, which often results in retraumatization. Instead, the counselor leads the process using the client’s eye movements, fixed-eye position, and breathing, often without verbalization of the distressing content.

Historical Context

David Grand, a clinical social worker and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner, developed an advanced model called natural flow EMDR. Observing that assumptions, which were often not questioned, became part of the belief system of many clinical models, Grand established a “no assumptions” phenomenology. He worked with clients having sports, ...

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