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Overcoming Pain

Mark Grant

Mark Grant (MA) is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience in the treatment of stress, trauma, and pain. Mark’s main interest and experience is in the role of negative emotion (resulting from stress) as a cause and an effect of health problems. Based on recent discoveries from brain scans, Mark regards emotion as both the key to many psychological problems, but also a powerful resource.  Associated with this, he is interested in treatments which harness people’s emotional resources.


As part of his search for such treatments, Mark was an early adopter of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR works by stimulating the emotional centres of the brain in a way which enables more adaptive information to enter the system. Mark has pioneered the treatment of chronic pain with this method and his research has been published in the Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology. He is currently conducting a randomized controlled study into this method. Mark’s work has been cited in the New York Times. He has been active for many years in professional development including numerous presentations regarding stress and pain at workshops and conferences in Australia and internationally. He was the chairman of the EMDR Association of Australia from 2000 – 2008.


Mark also believes in helping people to help themselves by giving them access to the latest scientific discoveries, regardless of whether they fit with traditional orthodoxies.  His book and CD set ‘Change Your Brain, Change Your Pain’ (2010) summarizes the physical mental and emotional links between stress and pain, as well as showing how to overcome physical and mental pain by stimulating the memory networks that maintain these problems. He has also created several self-help CD’s based on this approach.


Apart from a few years as a Community Health Psychologist, Mark has worked in private practice out of a large, multi-disciplinary Medical Centre. In this context he gained first-hand experience in the treatment of overlapping mental and physical conditions. He knows that a physical symptom can signal illness, but can also often be a sign of a deeper malaise. He enjoys helping people find those connections and learn how to live unencumbered by past trauma. Mark’s experience and openness to new methods enables him to find treatments that fit the patient rather than trying to make the patient fit the treatment.