About Dr. Grabau

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Optimal Performance Group, Inc. was formed in September, 1996 for the purpose of providing mental health services and helping people to prosper.

Dr. David Grabau, President, is a licensed psychologist with over 35 years of experience. He has worked as a geriatric specialist, psychotherapist, executive coach, corporate consultant, and an educator.

Dr Grabau earned his BA degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Ed.M. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Doctor of Psychology degree from Williams James College in Boston, Massachusetts. He pursued post graduate training at the Boston Graduate School for Psychoanalysis.

Emotional Development

mature funI think of my work as a way of helping patients make friends with themselves. I believe that we torture ourselves by holding onto memories that are painful. We play endless “tape recordings” in our minds that create anxiety, depression or compulsive behaviors.

We repeat destructive patterns in our relationships which lead to isolation, shame, regret and guilt. Our choices in life become narrow and limited. Keeping unpleasant feelings at bay becomes our priority thus sapping us of energy. With the release of that energy prosperity can develop in all areas of life. A future begins to take shape which could include intimacy, stability, and even financial prosperity.

consultationI specialize in treating depression, anxiety disorders, behavioral excesses and deficiencies, relationship problems, and chronic emotional disorders; loss, grief and trauma; mood disorders.

I offer consultation to families and adult children with ageing parents as well as young adolescents, late adolescents, adults,  couples, and seniors.

I work in the realm of language and thus help people examine what they think and how they feel before they act. I help patients to examine their fear of sharing personal information; once they remove their resistance to talking they move forward.

water lilyBy keeping ideas in the verbal realm impulsiveness can be reduced and maybe prevented; a careful examination of impulses can reveal significant emotional underpinnings. My over 30 years of experience has enriched my clinical skills significantly.

I have worked with people as young as three to as old as 107. I encourage people to tell their story by sharing thoughts and feelings they have held onto all of their lives. Some times what is shared has never been told to anyone before.