Jonathan Gransee, Psy.D.

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Personal Experience With Dysfunction in Families.  As a teenager in a dysfunctional family, I found myself in the role of the peace maker with my family members. While no child should be put in that role, the fact of the matter is, the experience helped me to see that I had natural skills in that area, and drove me to seek out an education in psychology…but not at first. First, I served in the United States Air Force for six years. After being discharged honorably, I began my education in Psychology. This involved obtaining an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Arizona State University, where I graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Psychology.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Experience.  In between this school, and my graduate education, I worked for a year as a Substance Abuse Counselor, in the area of short-term residential treatment placement. I learned the 12-step method, attended many 12-step meetings, conducted psycho-educational groups on a daily basis, and also had my own caseload of clients for whom I provided individual counseling. While I could clearly see that the 12-step method was highly valued by many of my clients, and by many individuals in recovery, I also saw that there were others who did not benefit from that approach, and who seemed to be wanting something different. 
Trained at Doctoral Level. After my stint as a Substance Abuse Counselor, I resumed my training as a psychologist, attending California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA (now called Alliant International University). During my 5 years at this institution, I received advanced training and education in counseling and assessment techniques, and in research evaluation, and also had the opportunity to work hands-on with patients with various issues. As well, during this time I conducted research on my dissertation topic, Heterosocial Paralysis. This topic centered on the dating problems of individuals who had limited social competence, though it was not until much later that I realized that I had essentially taken an approach that was consistent with the dating problems of those with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism. I graduated in 2000 with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D).

Evaluations.  Beginning in 2000, I began to work in the area of evaluations, first in a postdoctorate position, conducting Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) evaluations, and then, beginning in June of 2002, as a licensed psychologist in private practice. Since that time, I have worked with many individual clients, conducting individual and couples therapy, and have conducted thousands of evaluations, including Child Custody Evaluations, Adoption Evaluations, Competency Evaluations, INS Evaluations, and other types of evaluations on children, adolescents, and adults. I have been recognized as an expert in many courts, and have testified on many occasions.
If you are seeking my services as an evaluator, it may interest you to know that I have worked with many attorneys providing forensic psychological evaluations for various purposes. Between my legal work, and my work with other entities, I have had the privilege to conduct thorough evaluations on thousands of cases, and have written comprehensive reports on each of those cases. As a result, I have likely seen much of the ways in which a person can struggle with mental illness, and bring that wealth of experience to your case. 
Media Coverage and Training.  Over the years, I have been interviewed by ABC 27 news and by Fox 43 news on such topics as child molestation, hoarding, and schooling. I have written informally on various topics, as you can see in a separate section of my website. I have also conducted numerous seminars, nationwide, on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Bipolar Disorder in Children. As you may have guessed, my approach to both subjects has been, at times, non-traditional, and perhaps even controversial. For instance, in my seminars on Bipolar Disorder in Children, the focus was on other possible ways of looking at the situation, rather than calling it Bipolar Disorder.
Fox43 News featuring Dr. Jonathan Gransee on Gender Labels:
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ABC27 News featuring Dr. Jonathan Gransee on Student Punishment:

News Articles featuring Dr. Jonathan Gransee:
ABC27News: Online Bullying 
ABC27News: Hoarding/Emotional Attachments  
ABC27News: Gender Specific Learning Styles
ABC27News: Talking to Your Child About Sexual Abuse

Do What Works.  At this point, my focus is on strategic interventions…a phrase I like to use to describe my approach to problems of a psychological nature. In my opinion, a psychologist needs to hold themselves to a higher standard in their thinking and behavior. That does not mean that I need to be unapproachable, or aloof, but that I must expect more of myself, in terms of being open-minded, and fair, and insightful, and balanced.

Going the Extra Mile.  When you retain my services, you retain the services of someone who will tirelessly work to give you the best that a psychologist can offer to you. I recognize that coming to a psychologist is potentially anxiety-provoking, and most certainly involves a need to trust someone with your most sensitive information. The worst thing a psychologist can do, in that situation, is to jump to conclusions, or to unfairly assess your situation, or to speak to you in a manner that seems intimidating or not useful. And, the worst thing a psychologist can do, in that situation, is to lack an understanding of human nature, or an understanding of the complexities of human nature, and to come to conclusions that are un-insightful, misinformed, or completely off. The BEST that a psychologist can do, and what I attempt to do, is to carefully consider all the information you provide, and to gently and respectfully ask the questions that need to be asked, and to do my utmost to see your point of view, and to see how things make sense to you. And, my goal is to challenge you, and together to find the answers you are looking for. A goal I do NOT have is to provide you with advice or suggestions, or help, or interpretations, that seem useless or unhelpful. For instance, if you come to me with depression or anxiety, I will not be sending you home with the assignment of writing down 10 things that are good about yourself…I WILL be trying to help you to understand and correct your thinking.

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Lancaster PA
York PA