Psychotherapy For The Gifted
Jerald Grobman M.D.
Madelon Sann L.C.S.W.

All sessions are on Zoom, join easily from any location.

Therapeutic Tasks in Crisis Management

Their powerful need for independence having prevented them from asking for help sooner, all of the gifted individuals referred to us were in crisis: their work, school life, relationships, and physical health were in disarray. Many had developed serious forms of depression and anxiety. Some felt they were headed for hospitalization.

Once they accepted their need for help, each patient was receptive to and grateful for a hands-on, take-charge approach. Frequent, flexible, and intense sessions, as well as direct and decisive interventions, were essential in the early stages of building a firm therapeutic alliance. At times, we needed to be available by telephone, at night or during weekends. Turbulent, chaotic, and disastrous as it sometimes was, a full-blown gifted crisis could be transformed into an opportunity for growth.

An Accurate Diagnosis of Psychological Symptoms

Our earliest diagnostic task was to distinguish between the symptoms of a gifted person in crisis from one with a true psychiatric or personality disorder. Common misdiagnoses are depressive, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, generalized anxiety, panic, narcissistic, and borderline personality disorders.

The Use of Psychotropic Medication

Once we understood each patient’s symptom profile, we could, when necessary, prescribe appropriate medication. This helped them achieve rapid psychological control so that they could quickly return to work or school. Feeling more emotionally stable also helped my gifted patients take better care of their physical health and personal hygiene and improve their interpersonal relationships. Once a solid therapeutic alliance was established, medication frequently could be reduced and then eliminated.

Stress Management

During the initial phase of crisis management, it was important for us to suggest techniques to help eliminate substance abuse and self-destructive behavior. Providing guidelines for healthy nutrition, better sleep habits, and sensible work or study schedules were also important.

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7pm - 9pm EST

Jerald Grobman M.D.

Madelon Sann L.C.S.W.​

We offer our sessions through Zoom’s virtual platform, providing flexibility to participate from any location.