Brainspotting is a powerful therapeutic method that helps clients to access and work through unprocessed trauma. Brainspotting (BSP) was discovered by Dr. David Grand in 2003. This relatively new treatment modality has been developed by utilizing existing psychological and physiological treatments including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) , Somatic Experiencing, relational insight-oriented therapy and micro-movements. Due to the novelty of Brainspotting, not many clinicians in the greater Baltimore area offer BSP as a treatment modality for trauma. Life Spring Counseling Services is proud to be one of the three innovative offices in Baltimore to offer BSP to our clients.

Where you look affects how you feel.
— Dr. David Grand

Brainspotting can help you move through a variety of psychological and physical symptoms including:

  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Trauma

  • specific phobias

  • trauma resulting from war & natural disasters

  • anger

  • anxiety & panic disorders

  • recovery from bodily injury or accident

  • Grief and loss

BSP allows clients to process their trauma without the necessity of verbal communication.  This makes BSP ideal for individuals who have work-related obligations of confidentially due to their occupation, such as high-profile government officials and mental health professionals.

Brainspotting with Melissa


Melissa Wesner, LCPC, is a Certified Brainspotting Practitioner who has completed Brainspotting Phases 1, 2, and 4. Melissa believes that Brainspotting helps access our body's natural ability to heal and find solutions that may not otherwise present themselves.  Brainspotting allows us to notice and access our own inner wisdom through the quiet and reflective nature of this treatment modality.

Melissa completed Phase I & II trainings with renowned Brainspotting clinicians, Dr. Pie Frey and Dr. Christine Ranck, respectively. Melissa offers BSP for clients who are already enrolled in psychotherapy who are seeking additional support and exploration, or individuals who are solely interested in BSP. In addition to the potential symptoms that BSP may help alleviate listed above, Melissa utilizes BSP specifically for:

  • Individuals who have experienced traumatic events in adulthood

  • Individuals who have or are currently experiencing grief & loss

  • Active duty service members, veterans, and their families with deployment related concerns

  • Professionals who are exposed to trauma due to their occupations, such as government employees, news reporters, FBI agents, civil servants & funeral home directors

  • First responders such as paramedics, emergency room medical professionals, police officers, firefighters & forest rangers

  • Spanish or English speaking immigrants, refugees & asylees

  • Individuals who cannot disclose specific information due to job confidentiality, but still wish to process their information & emotions related to the confidential information.

As a founding member of the Baltimore Brainspotting Collective, Melissa is dedicated to providing both clients and clinicians alike with education about Brainspotting, the symptoms it can treat and the positive benefits that BSP yeilds for clients in Baltimore & beyond.

Interested in learning more? Please email Melissa directly at or click the button below to schedule your Brainspotting session today.

To learn more about Brainspotting please visit the Baltimore Brainspotting Collective.