Matthew Silverstein, PhD

Core Faculty and Director of the Spiritual and Depth Psychology Specialization, MA in Psychology


Dr. Matthew Silverstein is a founding member and director of the Spiritual and Depth Psychology Specialization (SDP) within the M.A. Psychology Program. SDP offers coursework investigating the intersections between contemporary psychoanalytic/Jungian psychotherapy, classical mindfulness, cognitive neuroscience, and diversity-centered consciousness. He is honored to have been a founding member of the LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology. From 2003-2011 he was a member of the clinical staff in the Adult Partial Hospitalization Program at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Hospital’s Adult Partial Hospitalization Program. He is also a research associate to UCLA research psychologist, Dr. Lobsang Rapgay. Silverstein’s research interests include gay-centered depth psychology and dream work (the topic of his doctoral dissertation), clinical applications of classical mindfulness, intercultural understandings of the unconscious and self realization, and intergenerational trauma and recovery.

Video Interview

"The future of psychotherapy as with medicine lies in integrative approaches and delivery models. The Spiritual and Depth Psychology Specialization addresses this need by training psychotherapists in methods combining the wisdom of Western analytic (Jungian) psychology and Eastern classical mindfulness in a manner that is proactively interculturally, LGBT, and diversity affirming. We also need to think outside the box by providing therapy in both traditional and environmentally adaptive clinical settings (e.g. schools, the street, homes--meeting individuals and communities where they are)." Matthew Silverstein