Brainspotting Training


Therapists of Color

Asian | African American/Black | Latinx | Indigenous/Native | Mixed Race | Southeast Asian | Pacific Islander | Middle Eastern (if believe that you are treated differently and perceived to be a person of color - yes I know it's confusing)

This is a personal project and endeavor of John R. Edwards, LCSW

Where you look affects how you feel

Now Online

The Brainspotting Phase 1 Training
Two consecutive weekends 
Friday June 12th and Saturday June 13th

Friday June 19th and Saturday June 20th

Times: 7:30am to 4:30pm Pacific Daylight Time each day

Brainspotting Training Phase 1 for Therapists of Color


Dates: Friday June 12th and Saturday June 13th
            Friday June 19th and Saturday June 20th


Time: 7:30am to 4:30pm Pacific Daylight Time each day.

Cost: $599 (includes training materials)

John R. Edwards, LCSW
Steve Sawyer, LCSW


Location: Online via Zoom

John R. Edwards, LCSW 

Read John's bio here


Steve Sawyer, LCSW

Wakiyan Isnala Nagi

The Thunder Spirit Who Walks Alone

Read Steve's bio here

64 Therapists of Color, 11 Brainspotting Practitioners who were facilitators plus Cynthis Schwartberg and David Grand. 

 Therapist of Color Phase 1 Training in Atlanta, December 2019.

Click on the PDF to download the Online Brainspotting Phase 1 Flyer two consecutive weekends.  Friday/Saturday June 12/13 and Friday/Saturday June 19/20

Listen to interviews with attendees about their experiences at the first ever Brainspotting Phase 1 training for Therapists of Color in a Counter-Space environment

Brainspotting Training in partnership with Brainspotting Training Institute (BTI)

Thanks to David Grand, PhD, Founder and Developer of Brainspotting for his operational support and guidance that brought to life this first ever of its kind Brainspotting training in Atlanta December 2019 and now this west coast in March 2020.

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The Evolution:

My name is John R. Edwards, and I am an LCSW in my own full time private practice in Oakland, CA.  Throughout my career I have pursued multiple trainings in different modalities so that I can be best equipped to assist my clients heal, recover, grow from trauma and emotional pain and transform their lives.

In January of 2018, after much debate with myself regarding which EMDR training I should take, I happened upon Brainspotting.  I honestly don’t remember how I found Brainspotting but the universe brought it to me.

I completed Brainspotting Phase 1 training in February 2018 in Sacramento, CA.  During the training, I was blown away at the impact that the Brainspotting process had on healing and recovery.  This was from observing the demonstrations of the various set ups of Brainspotting as well as practicing the set ups with other attendees at the training.

EMDR is known for its impact and “speed” and many of clinicians who are trained in Brainspotting were initially trained in EMDR.  Many of these clinicians describe Brainspotting as EMDR on "steroids" due to powerful impact it can have on emotional healing and recovery.

Since that February 2018 training, I have completed Phases 2, 3, 4, Brainspotting for Addictions, Reframing and Reprocessing Language in Brainspotting the latter two I attended in Vienna, Austria, a MasterClass in Brainspotting, Brainspotting with Children and Adolescents, Brainspotting with Athletes and Artists in Barcelona, November 2019.  This is how much I believe Brainspotting is valuable to me and my work with helping others.

As of December 2019, I am a Certified Brainspotting Practitioner and a Brainspotting Trainer and Consultant in training.

The idea for this Brainspotting Training for Therapists/Mental Health and Healthcare professionals of Color (non white)

This idea popped into my brain as many ideas do and I decided to pursue it.  I have spoken with Dr. Grand, PhD Founder and Developer of Brainspotting and other leaders in Brainspotting Community about developing this specific training.  This training focuses on teaching Brainspotting in a Counter-Space environment.


Often in trainings, attendees of color/non white experience an alarming number of microaggressions and macroaggressions.  These range from "I don't see color", "I am not racist", "Touching hair without permission" "Assumed to be the janitor or employee of the venue - which also means that the person doesn't belong in the training with the white people" "Being whitesplained to" "Cultural questions being dismissed" and the list goes on and on.


Brainspotting training is didactic, highly experiential and intense, I thought it would be great to have an atmosphere where the training can be provided with intentionality and an awareness of Cultural Humility in the absences of needing to manage whiteness and all that comes with that.

That’s it really.


David Grand, PhD taught the Brainspotting Phase 1 to Therapists of Color in Atlanta, GA December 2019.  I assisted with the training.  David will be teaching Phase 2 in June in Atlanta, GA 2020 to Therapists of Color/Non white.  David no longer teaches Brainspotting Phases 1 and 2.  In recognition of the need for a more diverse community of Brainspotting Practitioners David agreed to teach Phases 1 and 2 for these first specific trainings.  I am currently a trainer in training with David.  The idea is that some of the attendees will also endeavor to become Brainspotting Trainers and Consultants thereby creating a more diverse pool of Brainspotting leaders.

If you would like to receive updates regarding the planning of the Brainspotting Trainings for Clinicians of Color/Non White please join the e-mail list.

Note: Your email will only be used for these specific trainings and no other purpose.

More about Brainspotting

David Grand, PhD is the founder and developer of Brainspotting. Dr. Grand was one of the first clinicians to be trained in EMDR and went on to develop Natural Flow EMDR.  It is from this place that he noticed a shift in one of his clients and his curiosity lead to discovery of the Brainspotting process. 


Additional information about Brainspotting  including research and case studies can be found on


Dr. Grand’s book Brainspotting is available for purchase from you favorite book seller.

Listen to

David Grand, PhD


Christine Ranck, PhD

describe what is a Brainspot.

Listen to David Grand, PhD discuss Brainspotting

The first Brainspotting Phase 1 Training in the USA for Therapists of Color was an amazing success.

64 Therapists of Color plus 11 Brainspotting Practitioners of Color (who were amazing facilitators) gathered at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport South December 5 to December 8, 2019.  64 Therapists of Color are now Brainspotters and able to practice Brainspotting in their practice.

Thanks to David Grand, PhD - Founder and Developer of Brainspotting for leading the training.

Thanks to the following Brainspotters who were facilitators and provided support to make this training an AMAZING success.  Thanks to Cynthia Schwartzberg, LCSW, Certified Brainspotting Practitioner, Consultant and Trainer for her support with the facilitators.


  • Nenh Borh, LMFT, St. Cloud, MN

  • Aletha Clark, LPC, Snellville, GA

  • Tracy Gantlin-Monroy, LPC, Atlanta, GA

  • Dafna Gauthier, LPCC, Sacramento, CA

  • Virginia Hill, LPC, Raleigh, NC

  • Andrieah Johnson, LMHC, Jacksonville, FL

  • Benita Joy, MFT, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Alexis Overstreet, LCSW, Winston Salem, NC

  • Cynthia Schwartzberg, LCSW, Atlanta, GA

  • Linnea Swanson, PsyD, LMFT, St. Paul, MN

  • Nancy Tung, RN, Bellevue, WA

  • Aska Yoshizu, E-RYT, CMT, Los Altos, CA

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Brainspotting Training


Therapists of Color

In partnership with Brainspotting Training Institute (BTI)

Thanks to David Grand, PhD, Founder and Developer of Brainspotting for his operational support and guidance as we brought to life this first ever of its kind Brainspotting training in Atlanta December 2019.  Now Online Brainspotting Phase 1.

PHOTO DISCLAIMER: This site makes use of licensed stock photography. All photography and photos are for illustrative purposes only.  All persons depicted are models and does not imply a mental health diagnosis.

 © 2019 by John Edwards.