DAVID GRAND, PH.D.
Dr. Grand is a psychotherapist, writer, lecturer, performance coach and humanitarian famous for the discovery and development of the internationally acclaimed Brainspotting method, which brings about life-changing breakthroughs.
Brain-based therapy is the fastest-growing area in the field of psychological health, because it has proven 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.”
Dr. Grand, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Ph.D. from International University, is renowned for his groundbreaking discoveries and advancements in the areas of healing trauma and enhancing performance and creativity. His Brainspotting method and BioLateral Sound are now used by thousands of therapists on every continent seeking to break through the limitations of talk therapy. Dr. Grand is the author of Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change and Emotional Healing at Warp Speed. In addition, he is the co-author of This Is Your Brain on Sports. Dr. Grand’s clients include professional athletes, entertainers, business leaders and survivors of profound trauma (including 9/11, Katrina, Newtown and Iraq/Afghanistan combat veterans). They have all sought out his powerful method as a means to realize the kind of personal, professional and creative breakthroughs.
Dr. Grand is a sought after lecturer, performance coach and public speaker. He has taught scene work at the New Actors Workshop, as well as privately coaching both stage and screen actors. He has presented seminars on his innovative methods and keynoted at numerous international therapy conferences, in addition to teaching performance and creativity seminars. He now spends months every year traveling around the world training therapists on the use of Brainspotting and sharing his BioLateral Sound with professional groups of all kinds, including business, sports, the arts and therapy.
Committed to the use of Brainspotting as a tool to ease human suffering, Dr. Grand has become widely known for his humanitarian contributions through sharing his wisdom and insights into healing trauma with the world. He was the clinical director of the Faithful Response program, which treated 9/11 survivors and returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan. He has organized many pro bono trauma therapy trainings in places most in need, such as in Northern Ireland, Israel, Newtown, CT and inner cities of the United States. He has also treated thousands of survivors of the World Trade Center Attack, Hurricane Katrina and Newtown, CT.
Dr. Grand has been featured on CNN, NBC, Nightline, The Jane Pauley Show and Extra. He has been cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, O Magazine, Golf Digest and Newsday, for his enormous success in healing victims of trauma and successfully treating the sports condition called the “Yips.” Dr. Grand was the trauma consultant for the acclaimed PBS documentary Newtown. The PBS documentary Depression: Out of the Shadows, which included Dr. Grand as a featured expert, won a 2008 Peabody Award.
He is the playwright of the 9/11 play I Witness, which is based on personal stories from 9/11 survivors. Dr. Grand’s documentary, Come Hell or High Water, follows his experiences treating victims of Hurricane Katrina and has been featured in the Queens and Long Island Film Festivals.
The first International Brainspotting Conference was held in Buzios, Brazil, March 2016.
Dr. Grand conducts a private psychotherapy and performance-enhancement practice in Manhattan and Long Island, New York.
PIE FREY, PSY.D.
Pie Frey, Psy.D., currently in private practice in Boulder, Colorado, has been a psychotherapist since 1982. Her specialized areas of treatment include trauma, addiction, mood and anxiety disorders, traumatic brain injuries, school-based issues, and Asperger’s Disorder. She has worked with adults, adolescents, and children in mental health settings, in adolescent treatment programs, and in private practice. She also has expertise in peak performance, mind-body issues, and spirituality. For almost 40 years, Dr. Frey has imparted her special skills as a therapist and her gentle woman-wisdom to thousands of people.
In 1991, Dr. Frey received her EMDR training from Dr. Francine Shapiro, the originator and developer of EMDR. In 2006, Dr. Frey began studying Brainspotting with Dr. David Grand and in 2009 became a Brainspotting Trainer. Since 2009, she has facilitated a multitude of Brainspotting trainings. She is the only Trainer for Intensives in North America. Pie also leads a Brainspotting Consultation Group in Colorado. Using information from Drs. Norman Doidge and Jeffrey M Schwartz, Dr Frey developed a Brainspotting set-up for treating clients with OCD.
Dr. Frey is the Founder and President of Rocky Mountain Brainspotting Institute (RMBI), a non-profit organization in Boulder, Colorado, created to promote and advance the healing power of Brainspotting. RMBI facilitates training for Brainspotting practitioners, and provides scholarships for individuals who are not able to receive Brainspotting treatment because of financial limitations.
Pie is a much-loved leader of the Brainspotting community, a woman who tirelessly and generously shares her expertise, calm nature, humor, and mastery of Brainspotting therapy to all. Whether introduced to her through her trainings, or through personal sessions, those who have come to know her love her for her wonderful and special essence.
DR. DAMIR DEL MONTE
Dr. Del Monte is a world-renown researcher and lecturer on the topic of the neurobiology of psychotherapy. Among his multitude of talks include co-presenting with Dr. David Grand on the Neurobiology of Brainspotting.
Dr. Del Monte serves as a lead scientist at the Institute for Synergetics and Psychotherapy Research at Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria. He is a leader in the field of Neuroscientific Research and serves as a Lecturer for Functional Neuroanatomy.
Dr. Del Monte teaches advanced level trainings in Psychotrauma and Body-Based Psychotherapy Methods. He is the Director of Encephalon Medicine Media Productions online found at encephalon.online.
Dr. Del Monte holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the Universities of Hannover and Cologne as well as a second Doctorate in Medical Science from the Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg.