Dr. Matthew Silverstein has been working in private practice since 1997. He was first licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (2001) and subsequently became licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in California (2014) (PSY26733). He currently is a core faculty member at Antioch University, Los Angeles, where he founded and directs the Spiritual and Depth Psychology Specialization within the Master of Clinical Psychology Department. He was also a founding member of the LGBT Specialization at Antioch University. He is an adjunct faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s clinical psychology doctoral program, where he received his doctorate in 2005. He received his Master of Clinical Psychology degree from Antioch University, Los Angeles. He holds an MFA in theater direction, from the University of Washington and received his BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
His training included an internship at the LGBT Center’s Mental Health Department and a staff position at L.A. Shanti (an AIDS Service Organization now closed). He served on the clinical staff at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program from 2003-2011. At UCLA he was a research associate to Dr. Lobsang Rapgay, whose primary research included the role of classical mindfulness-based attention training in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
He has received certification in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Psychoanalytic Center of California in 2008. He completed certification as a qualified teacher of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy in 2019 from the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. He completed certification as an EMDR Therapist through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) in 2019, as well. He is training in neurotherapy through Neurofield’s School of Neurotherapy, Santa Barbara. He volunteers as a clinical supervisor at the LGBT Center’s Mental Health Department and has offered MBCT classes at APLA and the Center for Mindful Living. He has formally studied Zen Buddhist meditation and Tai Chi Chuan.
(If you would like to read more about his work, you can read this 2017 interview in Voyage LA)