Skip to main content

We’re excited to announce that the Sierra Health & Wellness Reno location is now officially open! Learn More


Addressing addiction involves navigating complex psychological and physiological factors that contribute to substance dependence. Amidst traditional treatment modalities, brainspotting emerges as a promising therapeutic approach, offering unique insights and opportunities for individuals grappling with addiction.

Thus, here at Sierra Health + Wellness, we provide brainspotting as a holistic treatment option at their California mental health and addiction treatment programs.

Understanding Brainspotting

Brainspotting is a therapeutic modality developed by Dr. David Grand in 2003, based on the premise that where we look affects how we feel. Unlike traditional talk therapy, brainspotting bypasses the cognitive mind and taps into the brain’s innate capacity to heal itself.

The technique involves identifying and processing trauma by observing and attending to “brain spots,” specific points in the visual field that correspond to areas of stored trauma in the brain.

How Brainspotting Works

Brainspotting operates on the principle of “dual attunement,” where the therapist and client simultaneously focus on the client’s internal experience and external cues. The therapist guides the client in identifying “brain spots” by tracking eye movements, body sensations, and emotional responses. These brain spots are believed to signify areas of heightened emotional activation and neural connectivity related to unresolved trauma.

Once a brain spot is identified, the client maintains focus on it while engaging in deep introspection and processing. This allows the brain to access and reprocess traumatic memories stored in the limbic system, leading to desensitization and resolution of emotional distress. Through this process, clients can release negative beliefs, emotions, and physical tension associated with trauma, fostering healing and resilience.

Sierra Health+Wellness

We’re here to help you.

Sierra Health + Wellness in California is at the forefront of providing compassionate, evidence-based treatment for individuals struggling with addiction, dual diagnosis, and mental health issues. Contact us today to learn more!

Benefits of Brainspotting

  • Targeted trauma processing: Brainspotting allows for precise targeting of trauma-related neural networks, facilitating efficient processing and resolution of traumatic memories.
  • Nonverbal and body-based approach: Unlike traditional talk therapy, brainspotting bypasses the need for extensive verbalization, making it accessible to individuals who struggle with verbal expression or cognitive processing.
  • Integration of mind and body: By engaging both the cognitive and somatic aspects of trauma, brainspotting promotes holistic healing and integration of mind-body connections.
  • Client empowerment: Brainspotting empowers clients to take an active role in their healing journey, fostering a sense of agency and self-efficacy.
  • Time-efficient: Brainspotting often yields rapid results, with clients experiencing significant improvement in symptoms in a relatively short period.

Sierra Health + Wellness Mental Health And Addiction Treatment

Need help or have questions? Call us for a confidential consultation.
Dual Diagnosis Programs
Specialized Mental Health Care
Day Programming (PHP)
Virtual IOP
Individual Therapy

We are here for you and your family–every step of the way. We work with EAPs, Union Programs, and most insurances. We are also in-network with Triwest, and we are a VA Community Care Provider.

Understanding Brainspotting For Addiction Treatment

Addiction often stems from underlying trauma, emotional pain, or unresolved psychological issues. Brainspotting offers a unique avenue for individuals to explore and address these underlying factors, thereby reducing the reliance on substances as a coping mechanism. By accessing the body’s internal cues and somatic responses, brainspotting enables individuals to identify and process trauma-related triggers, cravings, and emotional dysregulation associated with addiction.

Moreover, brainspotting’s capacity to access and reprocess traumatic memories without necessitating verbal articulation makes it particularly well-suited for individuals who may struggle to verbalize their experiences or resist traditional talk therapy approaches. This non-verbal aspect of brainspotting fosters a deeper, more visceral connection with one’s internal experiences, facilitating profound emotional healing and transformation.

To get your questions answered and learn more about our brainspotting treatment contact our admissions team.

Gallery of Images