Approach

Integrative psychology bridges Western and Eastern views of psychological well-being and honors the interrelationship between body, mind, soul and spirit. My approach brings together a psychoanalytic perspective, diversity consciousness, and classical mindfulness-based cognitive therapy with an emphasis on psychological trauma recovery.

A psychoanalytic perspective suggests that current problems may be rooted in old unconscious patterns needing attention. A Jungian approach emphasizes the value of dream-work, creativity, and other techniques that can help uncover the healing potential in your own hidden nature–the “gold in your own shadow.”

Diversity consciousness acknowledges the spectrum of cultural, sexual, and gender diversity and the pain of feeling “different” due to oppressions like racism, homophobia, transphobia, and sexism. Often symptoms of anxiety and depression can be linked to the cumulative stress of living within social settings in which one’s true identity is devalued, distorted, or consistently misunderstood. I believe that within each of us is a spark of genius, and often where we feel most “different” can be where our unique gifts reside. Hopefully our work together can help you become disentangled from unhelpful ideas you may have been told about yourself and allow you to gain a better connection to your own indwelling truth.

Classical mindfulness-based cognitive therapy helps reduce anxiety and addictive behaviors through the practice of present-focused, moment-to-moment awareness of your body, feelings and thoughts as well as your core strengths and authentic connection to others. Mindfulness techniques can be an excellent way of interrupting patterns of negative thought allowing for a greater ability to consider life events with greater clarity, curiosity, perspective, empathy, and insight. 

Psychological trauma recovery consists of the gradual process of building safety, stability, and forward momentum after any life experiences that are felt to be overwhelming and difficult to process and integrate on one’s own. Trauma comes in both acute forms, such as challenging life events, abuse, accidents, a health crisis, addiction relapse, a death or loss of a significant other. It may also come through the accumulation of distress associated with ongoing discrimination, stressful relationships, economic hardship, or chronic illness or other life events that gradually pile up. Many people are surprised to know that positive events such as a promotion, a new relationship, a desirable move, can also be experienced as traumatic. Techniques such as EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) in addition to mindfulness based cognitive and analytic psychotherapy can help to gradually come to terms with both acute and chronic forms of psychological trauma and furthermore lead to the freeing of up energy for sustained recovery and personal growth. 

 

  • Dr. Matthew Silverstein

    8235 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 309
    West Hollywood, California 90046

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY26733

  • (424) 294-8591
  • drmsilverstein@gmail.com