I’ve been interested in practicing psychotherapy since I was about ten years old. I was in family therapy for years because my brother was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He was wrapped up in rituals, like washing his hands over and over. I didn’t think he’d ever be able to change.
Then he did. He got better. It didn’t happen overnight, but his life changed profoundly. I watched therapy create a miraculous recovery. A therapist managed to give my brother his life back. It was pretty inspiring.
So I studied psychology at Stanford University, which at the time had the best department in the country. Every professor I learned from was known for breaking new ground in their field.
So I graduated with Departmental Honors in psychology. I took part in a progressive program at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto. I learned to use evidence-based methods to treat anxiety, depression, compulsive behavior, and veterans experiencing psychotic symptoms.
Before opening my private practice, I worked at BAART, Bay Area Addiction Research and Treatment, working with addicts, using alcohol, cocaine, crack, and heroin. Many clients held a dual diagnosis, such as bipolar and addiction, or schizophrenia and addiction.
After that, I worked with the California Victims of Crime Program over a six year period, and still do. I treat PTSD trauma sufferers, using cutting edge methods, such as Trauma-Focused CBT, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).
EMDR is used by the American Red Cross and the World Health Organization. It’s considered the most efficient treatment available for trauma victims. When earthquakes and tsunamis occur in third world countries, teams of EMDR practitioners are sent in to treat the victims.
I also treated families and individuals at Open Paths Counseling Center, using humanistic methods to heal individuals coping with addiction, depression, eating disorders, and relationship issues.
I have also worked at Venice High School, counseling students in need of therapy, many of whom had addiction problems, and eating disorders.
I found the work both inspiring, challenging, and gratifying.
David Silverman Anxiety Therapy LA. LMFT 2001 Barrington Ave., West Los Angeles, CA 90025. Northstar Mall, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 (310) 850-4707.