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551 Ridgewood Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Martin Silverman, MD

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Areas Served

Maplewood, Millburn, Short Hills, Livingston, South Orange, West Orange, Chatham, Madison, New Providence, New Vernon, Chester, Mountain Lakes, Morristown, Far Hills, Westfield, Jersey Shore


Clinical Services


dr silverman with patientPsychotherapy can assist people with a range of behavioral and emotional problems.† It is most often conducted at a frequency of 1 or 2 sessions per week.† It begins with inquiry into the history of the problems that led you to the decision to seek therapy.† We will look at their onset, their development, and whatever triggers may be making them worse.

We will look at the history of your problems in the context of your past and current, important relationships, physical health, work and/or school experiences, and whatever cultural factors or other things you think are important.† We will delve into your underlying beliefs, thoughts and feelings, and we will look together at whatever counter-productive patterns of behavior or of interacting with others might be contributing to your problems.† Then we will work together to formulate strategies to help you overcome them and to make those strategies work so that you can overcome your symptoms and increase your enjoyment of life.

As a physician, I will be able to coordinate our talk therapy with effective use of some of the excellent psycho-active medications which are currently available and might be of help to you. My experience and that of many others indicates that treatment is most highly effective when psychotherapy and psychopharmacology can be unified under the direction of a single person.


The idea of "psychoanalysis" at times leads to hesitancy on the part of some people. A not uncommon view of this kind of treatment revolves about the image of distant, silent, judgmental analysts sitting behind patients who go on and on about their childhoods and what their parents did to them.† This is not at all like the contemporary psychoanalytic treatment which I have been offering people for many years. I work very closely, communicatively, and actively with my analytic patients to help them get at the root of their problems.

Psychoanalytic treatment is appropriate for people who want to make profound changes in their lives.† It is typically conducted at a frequency of several sessions per week.† It is more intensive than psychotherapy, and is designed to address long- standing, self-defeating personality traits, ways of relating to other people, and interferences with satisfactory personal or work experience that repeat over and over.

Psychoanalysis recognizes that these sorts of intractable emotional problems stem to a significant extent from things inside of people of which they are not fully conscious. It takes time to gain access to these deep-seated, unconscious sources of trouble, but this type of treatment goes much farther than short term, quick fix therapies and it yields deeper, more long-lasting results. Psychoanalytically based treatments at times are referred to via the term "psychodynamic psychotherapy."† To read about the benefits and learn more about this type of therapy you might want to read, "The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy" by Jonathan Shedler.†

Examples of Adult Problems Therapy Commonly Helps:

Child & Adolescent Therapy

Children and adolescents behave at times in ways that trouble or puzzle their parents and teachers.† Sometimes it appears to be no more than a reaction to current stresses or to the strains of growing up, but at other times it seems to have more serious implications. Parents and teachers may wonder what is happening and be uncertain what to do to be of help. The child or adolescent may also find himself or herself unable to understand what is happening or to know what to do about it.† A tangled cycle of helpless frustration and anger may develop among the child or adolescent, the parents, and the school that interfere with attempts to work together to find an effective solution for the problems being observed.

Children also can develop anxiety, depression, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder or other troubling emotional symptoms. Therapy with children and adolescents can facilitate recovery from these disordersóbut it also does even more than that. It generally involves not only assistance in overcoming distressing symptoms, but it also helps youngsters overcome internal roadblocks that have been interfering with their ongoing psychological development. This can free up their innate capacity to develop emotionally and achieve full potential in life.

Examples of child & adolescent problems which therapy commonly helps: