Background and Licensure


I’m a licensed psychotherapist and have been working in the mental health field since 1998, serving with a number of Bay Area agencies including Haight Ashbury Psychological Services, Marin Community Mental Health, Shanti, Foster Youth Services, Jewish Family and Children’s Services and the San Francisco Unified and Mount Diablo Unified school districts. I am the former clinical director of The SAGE Project, an agency specializing in trauma work and trauma-informed care.

I also teach about counseling issues regularly to both training therapists and the general public, with such organizations as Haight-Ashbury Psychological Services, California School of Professional Psychology, Marin Community Mental Health, University of San Francisco, Tenderloin Health, San Francisco Bay Area Physician Assistants, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. I’ve also written articles about different aspects of counseling for a number of professional publications.

I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. My additional specialized course work includes a Certification in Internet Addiction and Psychology of the Web by the Zur Institute and the Course Sequence in CyberPsychology from the PsyBC.

You can also check out my continuing activities in Professional Development.

My professional life has also included work in a few unexpected areas: as a software developer and as a professional stage actor. With this background, I’ve also had my feet planted firmly in the worlds of business, technology and the arts.


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #MFC49915
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, #LPCC962

Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Member, International Association of Trauma Professionals
Member, International Society for Mental Health Online

California Association of Marriage and Family TherapistsInternational Society for Mental Health OnlineInternational Association of Trauma Therapists

Paul Silverman

Paul Silverman, MFT LPCC
San Francisco, CA


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Email me or call 415/820-1590 for a free 20-minute consultation