Brainspotting Resources

Books on Brainspotting

  • Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change – by D. Grand
  • This is Your Brain on Sports: Beating Blocks, Slumps and Performance Anxiety for Good! – by D. Grand and A. Goldberg

Brainspotting Websites, Articles, and Videos

Brainspotting Research

Listed below are some of the recently published studies on Brainspotting.

  • Here is a 2016 report by Newtown- Sandy Hook Community Foundation that compares effectiveness of different types of therapies offered to the community. “The mission of the Foundation is to devote itself to furthering and supporting operations and activities which address the short-term and long-term unmet needs of individuals and the Newtown community arising from the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.”

Download the PDF: Effectiveness of Therapies – Newtown – Sandy Hook, 9/2016

  • “This is a clinical experimental comparison study in which three therapeutic intervention techniques –  are discussed for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), with respect to a control group (CG). The first technique is based on cognitive behavioral therapy programs (CBT), the second one in the techniques of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and the third one consisting in location techniques involving relevant eye position and the neural network activated to access to the particular spot where the problem is fixed in the brain” (Brainspotting – BSP). Research Director: Dr. Javier Anderegg.

Download the PDF: Anderegg_Effective-Treatments-for-generalized-anxiety-disorder

  • A preliminary study of the efficacy of Brainspotting – a new therapy for the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Journal for Psychotraumatology, Psychotherapy Science and Psychological Medicine, 2014.

Download the PDF: Hildebrand-Grand-Stemmler-Brainspotting and PTSD_2014

  • “We set out hypotheses which are based in the technique of Brainspotting but have wider applicability within the range of psychotherapies for post-traumatic and other disorders. We have previously suggested mechanisms by which a Brainspot may be established during traumatic experience and later identified in therapy.” By: F.M. Corrigan a,b, D. Grand, R. Raju. Medical Hypotheses 84 (2015) 384–394

Download the PDF: Brainspotting: Sustained attention, spinothalamic tracts, thalamocortical processing, and the healing of adaptive orientation truncated by traumatic experiences

  • “This study aims at determining the efficacy of the new therapy approach Brainspotting (BSP) in comparison to the established Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) approach for the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).” By: Anja Hildebrand, David Grand, Mark Stemmler. Mediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 5 N.1 (2017)

Download the PDF: Hildebrand-Grand-Stemmler-Brainspotting vs EMDR for treating PTSD_2017

  • “Brainspotting is a psychotherapy based in the observation that the body activation experienced when describing a traumatic event has a resonating spot in the visual field. Holding the attention on that Brain- spot allows processing of the traumatic event to flow until the body activation has cleared. This is facilitated by a therapist focused on the client and monitoring with attunement.” Medical Hypotheses 80 (2013) 759–766

Download the PDF: Corrigan_Grand_Brainspotting-Recruiting midbrain for accessing and healing sensorimotor memories of traumatic activation_2013

  • Case Study, A Cure for the Yips. “In Playing Scared: A History and Memoir of Stage Fright, Sara Solovitch tells the story of Triple Crown racetrack announcer Tom Durkin, who decided to quit after a reporter whimsically asked, “What’s it like to be one easy mistake away from being a national joke?” Though I’m not convinced that Brainspotting provides direct access to areas “deep in the brain” or that unprocessed childhood memories are the root cause of most performance fears, Grand has certainly created a masterful embodiment of the factors considered essential to therapeutic success.” Psychotherapy Networker ; Washington Vol. 39, Iss. 6, (Nov/Dec 2015)

Download the PDF: Grand_Brainspotting and Performance Blocks_2015