Grant H. Brenner M.D.

Grant H. Brenner M.D.

Therapy is a collaborative effort which can help you in your relationship with yourself and with others; your satisfaction in work and personal pursuits; and your overall quality of life. Effective treatment can help change ingrained negative patterns, overcome depression, lessen anxiety and address other important issues. It is my goal to provide treatment tailored to you. I take an active approach while being supportive and respectful.

I bring optimism, understanding, and curiosity to my doctor-client relationships as well as my extensive education and experience. I aim to be clear and honest while working to help you achieve positive changes. I can usually help, even if the issue is difficulty in accepting change itself.

As a proactive partner in your therapy, we will work together to address the topic(s) at hand within a safe and comfortable environment. Collaboration is the way to go.
My approach is versatile. I use cutting edge and time-tested biological approaches with social and psychological perspectives in order to develop a personalized treatment for you.

I am happy to speak with you and arrange to meet for an initial consultation.

logo-irrelationshipColleagues and I created the Irrelationship blog where we discuss relationships and spell-out the key issues - including how we use dysfunctional relationships to prevent us from finding satisfying ones. Our book on Irrelationship is available from Central Recovery Press.

Speaking Engagements, Workshops & Consultations:

Dr. Brenner provides speaking, seminars and workshops on the following subjects, and can provide material tailored to your specific needs

  • Trauma Treatment: Theory, Science and Practice

  • The Neurobiology of Trauma

  • Risk Communication in Disaster Response

  • Disaster Mental Health

  • Complexity Theory in Psychoanalysis

  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

  • Self-Care for Caregivers

  • Workplace Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Traumatic Stress

  • Irrelationship: How We Use Dysfunctional Relationships to Hide from Intimacy

  • Parenting - How Parental Family History Can Play Out Raising Children, and What We Can Do About It (consumers)

  • What You Don't Know Can Hurt You - Basic Perspectives on Trauma and Effects on Daily Life (consumers)

Radio and Media Spots

Interview from NPR Miami KLRN , WLNR
Close Relationships And Chemical Brain Bonding

Psychiatrist Dr. Grant Brenner, who advances the concept
of a sort of chemical brain bonding among people in close relationships.

Interview with KOGO NEWS

WGN Radio Chicago

To request an appointment, please call us at 212-673-2099

Training & Education


Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Medical School:

Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School

Surgical Residency:
Long Island Jewish Medical Center (2 years)

Psychiatric Residency:
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Psychoanalytic Training:
The William Alanson White Institute

Organizational Dynamics Training:
The William Alanson White Institute

Academic Appointments and Related

Psychology & Psychoanalysis

Assistant Clinical Professor:
Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center

Dissociative Disorders Psychotherapy Training Program:
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

Supervisor of Psychotherapy & Director, Trauma Service:
The William Alanson White

Specialization in Trauma & Disasters:
The NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Institute

Vice President of the Board:
Disaster Psychiatry Outreach

Board Certified in General Psychiatry
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
Member, Physicians for Human Rights
Member, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
Member and Co-Chair of Disasters and the World Committee:
Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry


Irrelationship: How We Use Dysfunctional Relationships to Hide from Intimacy, Central Recovery Press, Las Vegas Borg M., Brenner G., Berry, D.

Irrelationship explores how disquiet with caregivers in early childhood teaches us to get into chronic dysfunctional relationships in adulthood.
Irrelationship: How We Use Dysfunctional Relationships to Hide from Intimacy is a transformative exploration of the unconscious defense systems created by couples (and others) to avoid the vulnerability that comes with investment in others. Drawing from their extensive clinical experience, the authors explain the development of brainlock and irrelationship using the histories of numerous individuals and couples. Analysis of these histories draws the connection between early childhood experiences with dysfunctional caregivers and the anxiety that drives affected individuals (and couples) to devise roles for themselves (“song-and-dance routines”) to protect themselves from the risks inherent in close relationships; namely, empathy, intimacy, emotional risk and emotional investment.


Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience -Integrating Care in Disaster Relief Work
-Eds. Grant H. Brenner, Daniel H. Bush, Joshua Moses

Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience explores the interface between spiritual and psychological care in the context of disaster recovery work, drawing upon recent disasters including but not limited to, the experiences of September 11, 2001. Each of the three sections that make up the book are structured around the cycle of disaster response and focus on the relevant phase of disaster recovery work. In each section, selected topics combining spiritual and mental health factors are examined; when possible, sections are co-written by a spiritual care provider and a mental health care provider with appropriate expertise. Existing interdisciplinary collaborations, creative partnerships, gaps in care, and needed interdisciplinary work are identified and addressed, making this book both a useful reference for theory and an invaluable hands-on resource.