Brainspotting is a relatively new type of therapy designed to help a person access, process, and overcome trauma, negative emotions, and pain, including psychologically induced physical pain. 

Brainspotting is effective for a wide variety of psychological conditions. It is effective with trauma-based situations, helping to identify and heal underlying trauma that can contribute to anxiety, depression, and other behavioral conditions. 


Brainspotting was developed by David Grand, Ph.D. through his work with survivors of trauma, including first responders from 9/11. Grand was trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, an effective treatment for trauma, and adapted EMDR into Brainspotting based on his research. Brainspotting has been found to be an effective form of therapy for a variety of mental health concerns, including trauma, anxiety, mental blocks, physical pain, and negative emotions. According to Grand, where you look can affect how you feel. 

How It Works 

During brainspotting, a therapist will help a client position their eyes in ways that enable them to target sources of negative emotion. With the aid of a pointer, they will slowly guide the person’s eyes across their field of vision to find appropriate “brainspots.” A brainspot is an eye position that activates a traumatic memory or painful emotion. Practitioners of brainspotting believe it allows therapists to access emotions on a deeper level and target the physical effects of trauma. 

As trained and certified brainspotting therapists, we are able to provide a treatment program that allows you to change; we believe in your ability to grow, to adapt, and to create a life worth living. 

How do you know if Brainspotting is right for you? 

Let’s talk. At The Magnolia Institute, we will work together to see if Brainspotting is the best approach for you moving forward. 

The following therapists are trained in Brainspotting: 

Types of Treatment

We offer an array of therapy options for individuals, families and couples.

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