In this article for Psychotherapy Networker Dr. David Grand explores how traumatic experiences can influence athletic performance, creating blocks and other problems.

David also describes how Brainspotting therapy can be used to assist athletes, drawing from a specific example of a baseball catcher he once worked with. David elegantly describes Brainspotting as “a therapeutic approach I’ve developed over the past 12 years to access the emotional and somatic areas deep in the brain, bypassing the areas of thought and language. Through an integration of EMDR and Somatic Experiencing, it focuses on using eye gaze and body awareness to access and process traumatic memories that may be difficult to bring to consciousness otherwise.”

Read David’s article to learn more about how to apply Brainspotting to sports performance.

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If you’re like most therapists, you rely on talk therapy or a technical modality such as EMDR or Somatic Experiencing. What you are missing is the brain-body relation.

Screen Shot 2015-07-19 at 10.00.30 AMBrainspotting is a new brain-based relational treatment approach developed by David Grand, PhD. that will give you more effectiveness as a therapist and avoid poor client responses. Join Dr. Grand via live webcast on October 2 as he explains this exciting new modality.

Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of challenging symptoms.

Trauma overwhelms the brain’s processing, leaving pieces of unprocessed experiences frozen in time. Brainspotting will provide you with powerful tools enabling your clients to quickly and effectively focus and process through the deep brain sources of many emotional, somatic and performance problems.

Where we look reveals critical information about what is going on in our brain. By carefully observing how and where clients look and focusing on the particular spot, this helps the client process disturbing material more gently and deeply.

Why is it better than many approaches?

  • Flexible
  • Bridges the gap between talk and technical modalities
  • No protocols to master (like EMDR)
  • Open and relational
  • Responsive to the needs of the client
  • Includes brain-body tools
  • Can be adapted into any clinical approach and therapeutic style

Reserve your seat today at this rare event with Dr. David Grand!

Follow this link for registration details and enter the code SPOTDG to receive a $25 discount.

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Grand will be giving a public lecture on June 4th in Boulder. RMBI will be hosting the event. Dr. Grand will be speaking on his “Advanced resource model of brain spotting.” The event is free for RMBI members, but you must RSVP to hold your place. Space is limited.

WhenJune 4, 7 – 9 pm

Where:  Nalandabodhi Center, 100 Arapahoe Ave, Suite 6, Boulder, CO 80302

Cost: $15 in advance, $25 at the door. FREE for RMBI members. RMBI members must RSVP by email Ruth to let her know you are coming. Space is limited.

Non-members can register online here.


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Dr. David Grand will be in Colorado this summer to teach a Brainspotting Master Class. This is the inaugural training for the Brainspotting Master Class, given for the first time in the world in Boulder, CO!

David Grand BrainspottingThe Master Class is an opportunity for Brainspotting therapists to learn Brainspotting the way David Grand uses it in his office. The teaching opportunities are designed to make available the open, integrative, free-form approach for use with clients in all diagnostic categories, including Dissociative and Attachment Disorders. The format will include multiple demonstrations with attendees, role playing of working with challenging cases brought in by attendees and presentation of the newest Brainspotting innovations with lively and open Q and A. This mode of learning directly with David, has only been available to date in the Intensives he conducts which are restricted to 10 participants.

This 3 day Master Class provides the opportunity for expanded groups to study the most advanced, creative clinical applications of Brainspotting. Minimum requirement for attendance is Brainspotting Phase 1 plus 50 hours of practice. Phase 2 and 3 recommended for attendance.

When: June 5-7, 2015.

Where: Millenium Harvest House,1345 28th St
Boulder, CO 80302 

Cost: Early  registration is $695. Standard $745. Late registration $795.

Early registration ends April 18, 2015. Standard registration ends May 16, 2015. Late registration ends June 05, 2015.

RMBI members will receive $50.00 off the cost of the class.

IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE DISCOUNT, YOU MUST REGISTER BY PHONE. Please call Laurie Delaney, Dr Grand’s Assistant, and let her know you are an RMBI member: tel:516-826-7996. If you are not an RMBI member, register through Dr Grand’s website.

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