Sil Machado, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Santa Rosa. He works with adolescents, adults, and couples struggling with anxiety and mood disorders, sexual minority issues (LGBT), traumatic stress, relationship problems, difficult life transitions, and addiction. He blends depth psychotherapy approaches with CBT, DBT, EMDR, and mindfulness interventions.
Years In Practice18
EducationPh.D. in Clinical Psychology, Saybrook University M.A. in Psychology, Saybrook University M.A. in Counseling, Sonoma State University
I highly recommend Dr. Sil Machado, and the High Performance Neurofeedback (HPN) service he provides. I am the parent of two adopted children, each of whom arrived to my family with complex traumatic histories. Their ages upon joining our family were 5 and 10 years; in other words, years of abuse and trauma affected their baseline moods, behaviors and ability to socially function, before I began to interact and love them. I would like to describe their respective changes; my daughter (after 14 HPN sessions), now age 10, arrived with a high startle reflex (now gone), aggression that included homicidal behavior, causing her to be removed from FIVE previous families - as well as expelled from a group home she once lived in (now gone), an inability to focus and study so much that I believed she may have dyslexia (now reduced and manageable. She just received her first 100% on a math test, and an A in math on her report card!), and a several hours/even days recovery time following an emotional melt down (now gone). My son (after 17 HPN sessions), now age 11, arrived with aggression that kept me from turning my back on him for years (significantly reduced. No more hurting the walls in our home, nor the inside of my car), an inability to overcome frustration when struggling and/or persistence was necessary, both in sports and schoolwork (he now writes reports with ease, and just signed up for the track team!), a recovery time of several hours/days following an emotional melt down (gone! Now he is able to recover within moments and allows hugs for comfort), and tantrums that were so highly aggressive that we had to clear the home of furniture and people until he was done (completely gone), and a sadness with lack of inner like/love that would cause any parent to have concern (now lighter, friendly, funny, and enjoyable). The HPN service, coupled with outside psychotherapy, as well as family therapy, therapeutic parenting and lots of patience have changed our family for the better, as well as re-sparked the hope necessary in parenting the children my husband and I have taken on. Mostly, I now feel safer. My children are more lovable. Their baselines are more calm and free. Mine is too, because my energy responds to their energy! Thank you, Sil! Your persona and therapy room are pleasant and in a great location too We will recommend you to others. Keep doing the work you do!
Sil’s ability to consistently keep dialog moving in a comforting and reassuring manner is why I’m finally able to freely communicate with my partner, something I lacked. He has opened a door for me that had been closed since childhood and am deeply grateful for helping me strengthen my relationship with my partner.
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