Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change

Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change

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by David Grand
     
 

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Brain-based therapy is the fastest-growing area in the field of psychological health because it has proven that it can immediately address issues that talk therapy can take years to heal. Now Dr. David Grand presents the next leap forward in psychological care—combining the strengths of brain-based and talk therapies into a powerful technique he calls

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Brain-based therapy is the fastest-growing area in the field of psychological health because it has proven that it can immediately address issues that talk therapy can take years to heal. Now Dr. David Grand presents the next leap forward in psychological care—combining the strengths of brain-based and talk therapies into a powerful technique he calls Brainspotting. In Brainspotting, Dr. Grand reveals the key insight that allowed him to develop this revolutionary therapeutic tool: that where we look reveals critical information about what's going on in our brain. Join him to learn about:

  • The history of Brainspotting—how it evolved from EMDR practice as a more versatile tool for brain-based therapy
  • Brainspotting in action—case studies and evidence for the effectiveness of the technique
  • An overview of the different aspects of Brainspotting and how to use them
  • Between sessions—how clients can use Brainspotting on their own to reinforce and accelerate healing
  • Why working simultaneously with the right and left brain can lead to expanded creativity and athletic performance
  • How Brainspotting can be used to treat PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction, physical pain, chronic illness, and much more

“Brainspotting lets the therapist and client participate together in the healing process,” explains Dr. Grand. “It allows us to harness the brain's natural ability for self-scanning, so we can activate, locate, and process the sources of trauma and distress in the body.” With Brainspotting, this pioneering researcher introduces an invaluable tool that can support virtually any form of therapeutic practice—and greatly accelerate our ability to heal.



“David Grand is one of the most important and effective psychological trauma therapists now practicing, and his development of Brainspotting is a very important leap forward in helping people resolve trauma. Brainspotting is a remarkable, sophisticated, flexible addition to the therapeutic toolkit of any psychotherapist. I know because I use it regularly, and find that, combined with the psychoanalytic approaches I normally practice, the results are astonishingly helpful. Using it, one becomes amazed at the extent to which our traumas can be detected in our ordinary facial and eye reflexes, and how, by using these windows to inner mental states, many traumas and symptoms can be rapidly relieved. Grand writes clearly, and the cases, dramatic as they are, are not exaggerated.”
—Norman Doidge, MD, FRCPC, author of The Brain That Changes Itself; faculty, University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry, and Columbia University Department of Psychiatry Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research


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"David Grand is one of the most important and effective psychological trauma therapists now practicing, and his development of Brainspotting is a very important leap forward in helping people resolve trauma. Brainspotting is a remarkable, sophisticated, flexible addition to the therapeutic toolkit of any psychotherapist. I know because I use it regularly, and find that, combined with the psychoanalytic approaches I normally practice, the results are astonishingly helpful. Using it, one becomes amazed at the extent to which our traumas can be detected in our ordinary facial and eye reflexes, and how, by using these windows to inner mental states, many traumas and symptoms can be rapidly relieved. Grand writes clearly, and the cases, dramatic as they are, are not exaggerated.
—NORMAN DOIDGE MD, FRCPC, Author of The Brain That Changes Itself

"All I can say about Brainspotting is, "THIS STUFF WORKS!" Thank you for everything you have given my life with your genius and discoveries!"  
—EARL POTEET, L.C.S.W., M.S.W.
Library Journal
Grand, a clinical social worker and proponent of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), recounts how his practice of closely observing the eye's position was the key to discovering where the brain and body store traumatic events. Grand's discussions of neuroplasticity and clinical cases emphasize how the brainspotting technique combined with other therapies (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic experiencing) provide the argument for a continued development of an integrative approach to clinical therapeutic practice. Actual brainspotting protocols are described within the context of clinical studies, and Grand makes clear that training is required to effectively practice this technique. In light of recent medical evidence in support of the efficacy of EMDR, the author's observations may show the way toward new noninvasive methods for relieving post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, and anxiety. VERDICT An engaging overview of psychotherapeutic technique that may help clients overcome trauma; for professional and general readership.—Kellie Benson, Oakton Community Coll. Libs. Des Plaines, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604079432
Publisher:
Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
178
Sales rank:
229,755
File size:
653 KB

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Meet the Author

David Grand

David Grand, PhD, is a licensed clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan. His clients include survivors of traumas such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and active combat, as well as professional performers, athletes, and business leaders. He is the author of Emotional Healing at Warp Speed, and his media appearances include CNN, NBC, and The New York Times. For more, visit www.brainspotting.com.


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Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TomTaylorMDivLMSW More than 1 year ago
As I was pulling into a hotel parking lot in Tarrytown, NY on May 16, 2003 for a church convention, I received a call from my friend, Dr. David Grand. David told me about something he discovered that he believed might forever change the way he treated clients. Dr. Grand said that he would tell me more as this discovery evolved-progressed. I congratulated him and I was very curious as to what exactly this was. That was my introduction to what would later be called Brainspotting. In 2005, while I was still a social work student, David showed me firsthand what Brainspotting was and what it could do. It has since changed my life in the way I treat clients and provide pastoral care for my parishioners. David Grand's book, "Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Effective Change", is an excellent book for both the general public as well as mental health professionals. His anecdotes and stories, highlight what Brainspotting is and how it works, and makes for an easy read. But, Dr. Grand also expands on the more technical aspects of the treatment for therapists and those wanting to know more about the science of Brainspotting. In the book there is an excellent glossary of terms and a listing of other resources as well. If you or someone you know suffers from PTSD, trauma, grief or any kind of loss than do yourself a favor and please read "Brainspotting." Also, if you are an artist, actor or athlete struggling with your craft or you just want to get better at it, than read "Brainspotting" too. I have used this treatment for every conceivable issue I can think of: trauma, relationship issues, grief, sports performance and creativity enhancement. I have used it with firefighters, police officers, combat veterans, 9/11 survivors, athletes, artists, children, couples and people who have survived accidents and abuse. It is remarkable and the book tells you everything you need to know about this terrific resource and therapeutic tool. Brainspotting can be a stand alone treatment or it can be integrated with other therapies along with the background and experience of the therapist. It is very much a client centered therapy and works consciously and unconsciously on thoughts, memories, emotions and physiological reactions or body memories. Simply put, Brainspotting works and works extremely well. It never ceases to amaze me how this treatment can help others to help heal themselves. As David says in this wonderful book, "Where you look affects how you feel."