John Silvestre MS, LCSW; is a cognitive
behavioral therapist with a full time private practice in Manhattan and
Westchester. He is a dedicated and caring professional specializing in
Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders. He earned a
Licenciateship in Clinical Psychology from Lisbon University and a Masters
in Science in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University.
John Silvestre has coauthored articles on the treatment of Anxiety
Disorders in professional journals as well as a book chapter entitled:
"Behavioral Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders." He has been
featured in Teen magazine and NBC. John Silvestre has been active in
treating patients with OCD and other Anxiety Disorders using cognitive
behavioral psychotherapy for the past 13 years both in his private practice
and within the context of his past work at Columbia University/New York
State Psychiatric Institute where he was trained by Dr. Edna FoaÕs team,
author of "Stop Obsessing!" John Silvestre also taught cognitive behavioral
psychotherapy for Anxiety Disorders to Mount Sinai Medical Center
clinicians. He is currently Instructor in Psychiatry and Behavioral
Sciences at New York Medical College.
John lives in Irvington on Hudson with his wife of 17 years and his three
children (9y.o. Xana; 7 y.o. David; and 4y.o. Josef). His other passions
are: running, nature, music and soccer.
Liebowitz, M., R., Salman, E., Jusino, C., M.,
Garfinkel, R., Street, Cardenas, D., L., Silvestre, J., Fyer, A., Carrasco,
J., Davies, S., Guarnaccia, P., & Klein, D.. Ataque de Nervios and
Panic Disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry. 1994, 151,
Salman, E., Liebowitz, M., Jusino,C., M., Garfinkel, R., Street., Cardenas,
D., Silvestre, J., Fyer, A., Carrasco, J., L., Davies, S., O., Guarnaccia,
P., & Klein, D., F. Sub-types of Ataque de Nervios. The Influence of
Co-Existing Psychiatric Diagnosis. Culture Medicine and Psychiatry.
Street, L., Salman, E., Garfinkel, R., Silvestre, J., Carrasco, J.,
Cardenas, D., L., Zinbarg, R., Barlow, D., H., Liebowitz, M., L.
Discriminating Between Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Anxiety Disorder
Not Otherwise Specified: Is it only a matter of worry?. Journal of
Anxiety Disorders. 1996
Silvestre, J. and Aronowitz, B (1997). Behavioral
Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In Hollander, E., and Stein,
D., J. (eds.) Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. New York: Marcel Decker, Ins.
Simpson, B., H., Schneier, F., R., Marshall, R., D., Campeas, R., B.,
Vermes, D., Silvestre, J., Davies, S., Liebowitz, M., R.
Low Dose Selegiline (L-Deprenyl) in Social Phobia. Depression and Anxiety.
Presentations And Teaching
Taught Mount Sinai Medical Center Clinicians in the
Continuing Education Program, Dept. of Social Work: "Cognitive Behavioral
Treatment of OCD" fall 1999; "Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Anxiety
Disorders" fall 2000 and "DSM-IV, Overview of the Diagnostic Process and
Multi-Axial Classification" Spring 2001.
Presented "Behavioral Treatment of OCD and the Role of Home Visits."
Symposium on "New Treatments for OCD and Spectrum Disorders" at Mount Sinai
Medical School, New York, April 1994.
Interviewed for NBC/CNN-Spanish on "Facts About Anxiety Disorders" May 1
1996, as a spokesman for NIMH.
Featured in "Teen" magazine "my Life was Out of Control" a real lifetime
story about the Treatment of a patient with OCD, Dec. 1996.
Licensed for practice in New York State as LCSW.
Licensed for practice in Portugal as a Clinical Psychologist.
Completed Training in the Treatment of PTSD and Trauma in the context of
the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack at the Mount Sinai Medical Center,
Department of Psychiatry, New York, 2001.
Completed Training in Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy for Social Phobia
at the Center for Stress and Anxiety disorders at SUNY, Albany, NY,
Completed a Post-Graduate Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Therapy from
the Cognitive Therapy Center of New York, 1994.
Certified training for the Behavioral Therapy Component of Protocol
entitled: "Double Blind follow up of Sertraline and Desimipramine in
outpatients with concurrent Major Depression and OCD" by Dr. Edna Foa and
Dr. Michael Kozak at Medical College of Pa., Philadelphia, Jan. 1993.
Certificate in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling, at The New School
for Social Research, New York, 1988.
Post-graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Lisbon
University, School of Professional Psychology, Lisboa, Portugal,
Association for the Advancement of Behavioral
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
National Association of Social Workers.
Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, Inc.
Portuguese-American Health Professionals Assoc.
Trichotillomania Learning Center, Inc
Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, competency in