Therapist Profile

Name:
Paul Silverman, M.A.
Professional Title:
Location:
256 Sutter Street 6th Floor San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone:
(415) 820-1590
Location:
3896 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone:
(415) 820-1590
Email:
License Number
LMFT49915
Practicing Since:
2005
Additional Licenses:
MFT

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
My approach focuses on making positive changes that help you right now, to improve your life now and in the future, rather than focusing our attention primarily on the past. Sometimes we might take a look at earlier times in your life in order to identify patterns — but always with the goal of current and lasting change. I make therapy as practical and “user-friendly” as possible, so that you’re always clear about how we see the problem and how and why we’re making changes. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on taking a look at how we tend to think and behave, and how these thought and behavior patterns affect our lives, with the aim of creating positive change in feelings and in relationships. It’s proven effective in treating anxiety and depression, and in changing long-term patterns that might not be helping you. Solution-focused therapy focuses what you want to achieve — the solution or the goal — rather than on the nature of the problem. We look at strengths and assets that you’re already bringing to the table, but that you might be overlooking. From there, we develop new strategies that take a different approach than what might not have worked so well in the past. Let’s keep our eye on the ball and figure out what helps you get there.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Mondays 9-8 Tuesdays 9-8 Phone, Chat, Skype by arrangement Other times during week by arrangement
Services
I help people who are experiencing: - depression and anxiety - relationship concerns - unhelpful patterns that keep cropping up - bereavement and grief - life transitions I also specialize in working with substance use issues in an alternative to the 12-step approach; couples counseling to help you and your partner communicate and resolve conflicts more effectively; and Internet/online issues so that your online interactions can be healthy and fulfilling.
Insurance
Blue Shield, Blue Shield of CA, Call Office for Insurance Accepted, Other, Out-of-Network coverage, Private Pay, Superbill provided, Sliding Scale
Credit Cards Accepted
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
Online, Phone

Education

Degrees
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology - University of San Francisco

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Addictions
ADHD-Attn Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
Anger Management
Anxiety
Assertiveness Training
Career Stress and Changes
Critical Incident Stress Management
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Communication Skills
Couples
Crisis Intervention
Depression/Clinical Depression
Divorce/Dissolution
Employment Issues
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
HIV Related
Individual
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
Other
Parenting
Phobias
Pre-Marriage Counseling
PsychoEducational
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Relationships
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Stress
Telephone/Online Therapy
Working With Therapists

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Behavioral
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral
Cognitive
Narrative
Certifications
Certification in Internet Addiction and Psychology of the Web - Zur Institute
Languages Spoken
Ethnicity

DISCLAIMER

All of the information contained on this page has been provided to CAMFT/Counseling California by the therapist described herein. Neither Counseling California nor CAMFT has reviewed, investigated, or evaluated the authenticity, accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein. Neither CounselingCalifornia.com nor CAMFT makes any representations as to the qualifications, competence, or employment status license/registration of those listed and does not recommend or endorse the services of those listed.

This site may contain links to other Internet sites or an email address. Such links are provided for the convenience of the user and does not endorse, approve of or make any warranties or representations as to accuracy of the information contained in any site to which any user may be linked. Persons or entities using any of the links or emails addresses contained herein do so at their own risk.

Email should be used with caution. Email is not a confidential medium and should not be expected to be confidential. Users who share their email addresses with others may receive viruses and other unintended consequences.

Featured Therapist 

Kelly Duggan Shearer, M.A.
Patricia Ravitz, M.A.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
San Rafael, CA

My therapeutic style is non-judgmental, supportive, and interactive. My work is based on establishing a safe environment where trust can grow. I view symptoms as a way to call attention to unrecognized needs and unexpressed feelings. The goals of treatment include; learning to identify and express emotions, learning to set appropriate boundaries, developing skills such as self-soothing and impluse control and improving self-esteem.


View Profile

Find a Therapist