403, 503 – An Introduction to Brainspotting

Processing Trauma without Talking about It
Parts 1 & 2
David Grand

Symptoms of unprocessed trauma—including dissociation, numbing, and chronic anxiety—are notoriously difficult to eliminate through talk therapy. The reason: the overwhelmed brain is unable to process verbal information about the events. But Brainspotting, a brain-based method for clearing trauma blockage without clients having to talk about it, nurtures the capacity for natural self-healing. Through demonstrations and participation, you’ll explore how to:

  • Identify specific eye movements, including wobbles and microsaccades, as well as other facial cues and reflexes that reveal specific “spots” in the brain associated with the activation of trauma
  • Guide traumatized clients to attend to their inner experience as they move through dissociative blocks and maximize a process of self-healing
  • Develop skills that allow you to pay attention to your interactions with clients while also staying attuned to the internal brain changes reflected in their eye movements
  • Use Brainspotting to address a number of issues including anxiety and panic


Continued with workshop 503

David Grand, PhD, is the developer of Brainspotting and has trained more than 10,000 therapists internationally. He’s the author of Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change.

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