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.
Colleagues 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.
I regularly give presentations on various subjects and teach, supervise and facilitates groups at various institutions, in addition to other activities.
Contact me if you would like to arrange for a speaking engagement, seminar, or with any other questions. I can work with your group to provide tailored seminars.
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
Interview with David Byrd
VOA American Cafe: Addiction:
How we get caught; how to get free.
Training & Education
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School
Long Island Jewish Medical Center (2 years)
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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.