RICHARD SILVESTRI, Ph.D., has been in practice as clinical psychologist for more
than forty years, specializing in the treatment of depression and anxiety-based
disorders. Most clinicians do not spend a lot of time treating patients. They may do
10–15 hours a week and spend the rest of their time in administration, in meetings,
supervising interns, and so on. Dr. Silvestri has done far more hours of actual therapy
than most—thousands and thousands. He was called one of the top fourteen therapists in the country by Cosmopolitan magazine.
Dr. Silvestri has also been an assistant professor in the New Jersey state college system. Prior to this, he was the director of the Graduate Program in Psychology at William Paterson College (1973–1978), and Senior Psychologist for the Family Courts of New York City (1974–1975).
Dr. Silvestri has authored two previous books. Through his private practice and clinical consulting, Dr. Silvestri developed a method of treatment for anxiety that has become the treatment of choice within the therapeutic community for many anxiety- related problems. His first book, CT: The Astounding New Confrontation Therapy (William Morrow, 1978), presented that technique with great success.
How to Fall Out of Love...and Land on Your Feet (written with Bryna Taubman, St. Martin’s Press, 1995) provided readers with a new and highly effective approach to the problems of letting go of an unsatisfying, abusive, or mismatched relationship. It sold well in this country and was published in Polish, Czech Republic, and Portuguese editions.
In addition to his two earlier books, Dr. Silvestri has written articles for both popular and scholarly publications, and he has been cited as an expert source in many national magazines. He has appeared on radio and both national and local television to promote his books.
He is married with two daughters and lives in New Jersey.
JILLIAN RACINE, Ph.D., is a compassionate Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She
directs a private practice in Austin that specializes in the treatment of obsessive-
compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, anxiety, and related conditions. Dr. Racine enjoys
working with children, adolescents, and adults. She is adept at creating a supportive and collaborative environment for her clients. She utilizes evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Strategies are tailored to the unique needs of the individual and his/her goals for treatment.
Dr. Racine received her bachelors, master’s, and doctorate degrees in psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She is also a graduate of the International OCD Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI), an intensive training program for the treatment of OCD and related disorders. She has worked with the Hill Country OCD Treatment Center as well, a facility that provides intensive outpatient services to clients with severe OCD. Dr. Racine has partnered with the University of Texas and The Pennsylvania State University on mental health research. She has published several academic articles and presented at national conferences on evidence-based approaches for mental health treatment.
Dr. Jill Racine is a compassionate Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, anxiety, and related conditions. Dr. Racine enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. She is adept at creating a supportive and collaborative environment for her clients. She utilizes strength and evidence-based approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure and response prevention (ERP). Strategies are tailored to the unique needs of the individual and his/her goals for treatment.