Laura Silberstein-Tirch Psy.D - Director

Laura Silberstein-Tirch, Psy.D. is the Associate Director of The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy. She is a New York and New Jersey state licensed psychologist who specializes in evidence based therapies for adults and adolescents. In addition to her work at The Center, Dr. Silberstein-Tirch serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor consultant at  at the Ferkauf School of Psychology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, and has served as a consultant to Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. Dr. Silberstein-Tirch is the President Elect of The Greater New York City Chapter of The Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and the President Elect of The Compassion Focused SIG of ACBS.

Dr. Silberstein-Tirch has specialized in working with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma, insomnia, impulse control difficulties and emotion regulation problems.

Dr. Silberstein-Tirch is committed to an approach to evidence based psychotherapy grounded in compassion, mindfulness, and psychological flexibility.  She has advanced training and experience in CFT, ACT, CBT and DBT. Dr. Silberstein-Tirch has worked with a range of trainers including Steven Hayes, Robert Leahy, Kelly Wilson, Paul Gilbert, and Marsha Linehan.  She is a founding member and board member at large of the Greater New York Chapter of The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

Dr. Silberstein-Tirch received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Yeshiva University in New York.  For two years, she served as an extern clinician at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, in Manhattan. Dr. Silberstein-Tirch's pre-doctoral internship involved delivering CBT and DBT services in both inpatient and outpatient settings at Wyoming State Hospital.  Additionally, Dr. Silberstein-Tirch completed a two year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the Cognitive Behavioral Institute of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dr. Silberstein-Tirch is the co-author of the books, Buddhist Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, A Clinician’s Guide, The ACT Practitioner’s Guide to The Science of Compassion and Experiencing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy from The Inside Out.

Dr. Silberstein-Tirch's research on the relationships between mindfulness, psychological flexibility and emotional schemas has been presented at several national international scientific conferences and published in the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy. This research was undertaken in collaboration with Dr. Robert Leahy and Dr. Dennis Tirch, as a part of the  research program at The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, which examines the fundamentals of Emotional Schema Theory. Dr. Silberstein regularly delivers presentations in the New York area and internationally.


If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
— H. H. The 14th Dalai Lama