Brainspotting in San Diego

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Brainspotting is an advanced Somatic Therapy technique that delves into the intricate workings of our brains and bodies to tackle deep-seated emotional and psychological issues. It’s akin to precision medicine for the mind, offering targeted solutions to address trauma, stress, and challenging emotions.

At its core, brainspotting engages directly with the autonomic and limbic systems of our central nervous system—the parts responsible for our emotional responses. By identifying these “brainspots,” therapists can effectively process and alleviate emotional pain and trauma.

Unlike traditional talk therapy, brainspotting is a hands-on approach that directly interacts with the body’s neurological pathways. It’s like fine-tuning a complex machine to optimize its performance.

What sets brainspotting apart is its dual role as both diagnostic tool and treatment method. Moreover, it often incorporates specialized Biolateral sounds to enhance its efficacy, providing a deeper level of focus and containment during the process.

In essence, brainspotting offers a sophisticated solution for mental and emotional well-being, akin to receiving specialized care for the intricate mechanisms of our minds and bodies.

Brainspotting in San Diego with Shay is a trauma-focused Somatic Therapy that helps with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other diagnoses discharge traumatic stress in brainspotting sessions. It helps clients to access and engage regions of the brain that are involved in neurobiological regulation and bypass regions that are not.

About This Model

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Trauma is frozen in your body and brain. Brainspotting gives access to deep limbic systems and allows processing to occur.

Average Treatment Duration:

6 months to a year


Accessing Deep Regions Where Trauma Memories Are Stored

Applicable Conditions




Why Brainspotting in San Diego?


Because Shay is certified in a diverse range of therapy techniques, she can combine somatic therapy with other modalities for a customized approach.


Shay works to cultivate a calm and comfortable environment where her clients feel safe.


Somatic therapy or somatic counseling equips you with the tools to physically self-regulate during times of shut down or overwhelm.


Shay starts each session by creating a supportive environment where clients can feel safe.

What to Expect

The Brainspotting Process


Step One

During your short, one-on-one consultation with Shay, she can determine whether brainspotting is something that could help in your unique healing process. Most often, Shay can combine brainspotting with other treatment techniques.


Step Two

During brainspotting sessions, Shay will attune to your body language, physical sensations, and help you locate your brainspot to process body sensations or traumatic memories. The goal is to release focused areas of the body that are frozen in primitive survival modes.


Step Three

Brainspotting results and timelines look unique for every client. To start, Shay will meet with you once or twice weekly. Over time, you may decide to take more time between sessions.

Meet Shay

Hi, I’m Shay 👋 I work with the mind, body, and brain, bringing a variety of skills that allow you to work with trauma in the way you need. Whether it is Brainspotting, EMDR, Compassionate Inquiry, Somatic Therapy, Neurofeedback, IFS, or other trauma-informed practices, we will work so you can find relief without it feeling scary or too hard.

When therapy is working, you will notice you start to feel more present and begin shifting how you see yourself. With regular practice, you may even feel relief from the burden of the past. You don’t have to feel like you’re stuck sleepwalking. Together, let’s move your life forward.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does brainspotting work?

Brainspotting is based on the profound attunement of the therapist with the patient, finding a somatic cue and extinguishing it by down-regulating the amygdala. It isn’t just PNS (Parasympathetic Nervous System) activation that is facilitated, it is homeostasis.
– Robert Scaer, MD, “The Trauma Spectrum”

How do I know if brainspotting is right for me?

Many different clients can benefit from brainspotting in San Diego with Shay. The best way to find out if brainspotting can play a part in your healing journey is to reach out for a 15 minute consultation.

What should I look for in a brainspotting therapist?

Finding a therapist with the right educational background and experience is a very personal decision; it’s just as important to find a therapist that makes you feel comfortable and understands you and the challenges you’re looking to overcome. Finding a therapist who specializes in trauma is also an important part.

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If you’re battling trauma or anxiety, you deserve compassionate support from someone who truly sees you. Book your 15-minute consultation with Shay today.

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