Dr Mark Grixti
Mark is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, systemic therapist and EMDR consultant based in Sussex, United Kingdom. He is qualified and experienced in both child therapy and adult therapy. Mark specialises in attachment, abuse, and complex trauma. He is a university lecturer, facilitates group programs and supervises Clinical Psychologists and therapists from related disciplines. He also provides consultation to Health, Education, Media and Social Care institutions. Mark’s humanitarian work includes consultation to psychiatrists and therapists providing therapeutic support to Syrian refugees in camps based on the Syrian/Turkish border.
Mark was trained by David Grand, the founder and leader of Brainspotting, and following advanced trainings and consultations, David appointed Mark as UK Brainspotting trainer and coordinator. Mark’s enchanting illustrated book introducing and explaining the use of Brainspotting Therapy in a family friendly way is now available and titled: Brainspotting for young people: An adventure into the mind (2015) – Foreword by David Grand, PhD.
Some reflections on Mark’s initial introduction to Brainspotting:
“When I was first trained with David, in London, I remember arriving with an excitement about this new approach called Brainspotting that I had heard some intriguing things about. At that point, I had numerous trainings on top of my core Clinical Psychology training and had for some time been moved by the way that EMDR had taken my work to a new level of effective deep processing and healing. Yet I was searching for something more, something that offered greater attunement with the client and was free from some of the frustrating and limiting elements that are so common in many therapeutic approaches and techniques.
I realised pretty early on in the Brainspotting training that I was in the right place. Therapeutic limitations were gently deconstructed and the limits of a type of programming seen in therapy so often was recognised, creating a wonderful felt sense of relief, excitement and liberation. The obstructions of fear and even guilt that come with therapeutic doctrines were discussed and debated creating an open space within which I began to appreciate how I could really increase my attunement with my clients and help them to meet their full potential and inner healing through this exceptional attachment. Reminding me of Alan Schore’s sentiments in The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy, “attachment trauma was originally relational, and so the healing must be relational, a mutual process”.
This attunement with the client, alongside the training on interpersonal neurobiology was so stimulating, yet at another level felt so familiar and affirming to the deep beliefs that I have always held and valued about therapy. The practical application of Brainspotting, USING an amazing technique to access brainspots and work into the deeper subcortical regions was so refreshingly empowering. Brainspotting has since become the bedrock of all of my therapy, supervision, teaching and consultation work, integrating with, and extending on, my past learnings.
It is indeed an honour to be appointed as UK trainer and to have the opportunity to meet with so many people around the world who are open and curious to further develop their power and effectiveness through Brainspotting.