about Judy Silvan
Helping people uncover their tenderness and their core strength is the healing hallmark of my work. I recieved my MSW from Smith College in 1985 and have felt a passion to practice and teach experiential methods of psychotherapy ever since. In early 2014, I earned certification in AEDP. AEDP is the rubric within which lies all of my ways of connecting with people: moment-by-moment, and in a gently deepening way. Our work clears out and transforms the brain's neural pathways from clutter and pain towards accelerated neuroplasticity, to experience clarity, possibility and joy. I have also been internationally Certified in Bioenergetic Psychotherapy (CBT, 2004), and received Certification by the Institute of Meditation & Psychotherapy in 2011.
I specialize with people as they search for their passions: towards love, during life transitions, in their relationships or career path. Some have careers in the arts (eg., fine artists, actors & performers, musicians, builders, writers), others struggle with food and body image, and feel a hot-fudge sundae, or fitting into a size 2 jeans, are their only salvation. I enjoy working with service providers: therapists, coaches, alternative healers, in medicine, law--- or even--- custom cake design. Others are graduate students, work in the sciences, activism, technology, administration, academia, teach skills (eg., water aerobics!), teach children. I work with all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, learning styles (eg., ADD), and sexual orientations--many are single, others in relationships, some are raising children. I see both individuals and couples as they brave the world of dating, gender-variant and others in transition, adult siblings & couples in painful impasses, and stressed-out parents. I am well-versed in oppression of all kinds, and understand how hurtful it feels to be treated poorly due to your race, sexuality, gender, family composition, body type (et al). I have been around many challenges; I understand personally, and through the privilege of working as a therapist, the intricacies and complexities barely below the surface covered by sand--and those hard-core struggles buried in deep, rich soil.
Together we will create a unique space where you are listened to so closely, that we begin to hear a far off sound---the healing sounds of your own heart---as if in plain language.