I guess you could say I grew up around the therapy process. I was just a kid when my parents dragged me, my sister, and my brother to family therapy. It went on, every two weeks, for as long as I can remember.
There were lots of issues in the family, but my brother faced the most difficult challenge. At an early age, he was dealing with some severe obsessive-compulsive issues.
For years, he was wrapped up in rituals, like washing his hands over and over.
He wasn’t even leaving the house. I felt so badly for him, but what could I do? At the time, I was very young, and didn’t think it was possible for him to change.
Until one day, he did. He got better.
It didn’t happen overnight, but his life changed profoundly. He’s been married now for more than twenty years and has a satisfying career.
I watched a dedicated therapist manage to give my brother his life back. A therapist gave my brother his life back.
It was pretty inspiring.
Skipping ahead to college, I am fortunate to have been able to study psychology at Stanford University.
After I graduated, I worked in a progressive program at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto. I was able to employ evidence-based methods to treat veterans recovering from anxiety issues, depression, and war-time trauma.
After that, I learned about working with various populations. I worked with addicts, victims of domestic violence, families, couples, and high school kids. I even worked with special needs children in grade school.
In addition, I’ve received specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a cutting-edge treatment for difficult issues, including trauma. It is currently used by the Red Cross and the World Health Organization.
Something else about me, I have a background in writing. I’ve written for the LA Times, for film, and for TV shows; including Mork and Mindy, ALF, and Newhart.
As a result, I feel I have a unique rapport with writers, performers, and other creative individuals.
Many of my clients find themselves coping with the rejection, the deadlines, the procrastination, and creative blocks associated with high stress careers in entertainment.
I’ve been focused on many clinical areas over the years, but I’d have to say most often I’ve worked with people experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma.
I enjoy being an active member of LA-CAMFT and join everybody at the breakfast meetings when I can. I also enjoy writing articles for Voices on subjects related to writing and creativity, including productivity, motivation, rejection, and Highly Sensitive Persons.
David Silverman, M.A., LMFT, treats creative and highly sensitive individuals in private practice in LA. He received training at Stanford University and Antioch University. Having experienced the rejection, stress, creative blocks, paralyzing perfectionism and career reversals over a twenty-five-year career as a writer in Film/TV, he’s uniquely suited to work with gifted, creative and sensitive clients experiencing anxiety, addiction or depression. David can be reached at email@example.com or 310.850.4707.