Alice Silverman, M.D.

About My Practice

I am a board certified, licensed psychiatrist practicing in Vermont for 23 years. I have recently shifted from a general psychiatry practice to a primarily psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy practice. Read more about my practice HERE and about my training HERE.

Although I treat patients who are taking or may need prescribed psychotropic medication, I have become much more cautious and circumspect in my use of them. In this regard I have been deeply influenced by the work of Robert Whitaker, the author of Anatomy of an Epidemic ,who summarized and presented compelling data and research suggesting that although all classes of psychotropic medications may alleviate symptoms in the short term they likely will have just the opposite effect with long term use. Other major revelations regarding conflicts of interest and suppression of negative studies by pharmaceutical companies have led to increasing concerns among a growing sector of psychiatrists about the efficacy and safety of a medication first approach to many psychiatric disorders and symptoms. I am among that group.

I am not anti-medication in all cicumstances. I believe that it is a patient's decision and my role is to provide information and to help patients make the best, most informed decisions possible.

 

Alice Silverman

As a practice philosophy, I do not offer medication treatment separately from psychotherapy. Therefore my practice is not open to a patient who is seeing a non- physician psychotherapist but referred to me only for a medication evaluation. There are other psychiatrists who provide this more general psychiatry approach to care and I can offer referrals if needed.

 

Education & Training

  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center , MD,  1981
  • Internship: Psychiatry St Vincents Hospital of New York, 1981-1982
  • Residency:  Maimonides Medical Center Brooklyn NY, 1984-1987
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1989
  • Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, 2011-2012
  • Vermont Institute for the Psychotherapies, 2 year certificate program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2013-2015
  • National Training Program of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, New York: Currently a candidate for training in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 2015-2019