About Shawn Gersman.M.D

Shawn Gersman, M.D. graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and completed his residency in psychiatry at St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan. He supplemented his extensive training in the use of psychiatric medication with three years of study in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute in Manhattan.

Dr. Gersman served as Chief of Substance Abuse Services at Saint Vincent's Hospital - Westchester in Harrison, New York, and was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York Medical College before relocating to South Florida. He began his private practice and opened The Center for Personal Growth in 2002. Dr. Gersman is board-certified in general adult psychiatry, and works with adolescents and adults. He is a member of numerous professional societies including the Academy for Eating Disorders, American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, and the National Eating Disorders Association. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Gersman also serves as Medical Director for a Women’s Mental Health and Eating Disorders program.

His psychotherapeutic approach integrates techniques from the models of cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic theory. He believes that problems in our emotional states and in our relationships have their origin in patterns we learned which helped us cope with the challenges facing us as children. As we become adults and our circumstances change, our ways of coping often do not, and therefore they become outmoded and even destructive. The goal of psychotherapy is first to identify problematic beliefs, attitudes, feelings, and behaviors, then to understand their origins in earlier life experiences, and finally to begin the process of therapeutic healing and change.