About Us

SD Psychological Services

Chriti SilvaDr. Christiana Silva opened SD Psychological Services in Lakeside, CA, as a group private practice in 2007. The mission of SD Psychological Services (SDPS) is to provide therapy to children, adolescents, and adults to enable them to work through, and grow from, difficult life events. SDPS seeks to provide a safe place for people to achieve their life-goals, move through difficult life transitions, repair injured relationships, decrease destructive behaviors, improve understanding of family members, and progress through their process of healing. However, SDPS also specializes in treating depression, autism, ADHD, PTSD, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

The staff of highly qualified licensed professionals at SDPS are selected for clients based on need and therapists’ areas of expertise.

SD Psychological Services accepts many forms of payment, including private-pay, a sliding-scale fee, and reimbursement from Tricare, Aetna, Blue Shield, and Anthem.

Dr. Christiana Silva

Dr. Silva has a broad range of skills and experiences which make her an effective and relatable clinician for both children and adults. Dr. Silva’s primary areas of expertise include ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and trauma exposure.

Dr. Silva obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, and a B.S. in Psychology from UCSD. For her PhD, Dr. Silva investigated dysfluent speech in abused children.

Before establishing SDPS, Dr. Silva worked at the Center for Autism Research, Evaluation, and Service for over 14 years, and provided consultation, training, and supervision to occupational therapists, education consultants, physical therapists, speech therapists, teachers, and administrators on behavior modification programs for children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She gained experience in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Discrete Trial Training (DTT), social stories, TEACCH, peer training, PRT, play therapy, and PECS, and she worked with children and adults from 3 to 55 years of age who were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dr. Silva has a genuine love and passion for her work, and is extremely enthusiastic and dedicated to her clients.

Related Businesses

In addition to SD Psychological Services, Dr. Silva also owns, operates, or is associated with:

  1. SD Center for Counseling – A non-profit organization that provides no-cost counseling to children impacted by trauma. It was established in 2011, and is located in the San Diego Family Justice Center in downtown San Diego. http://sd-cc.org/
  2. San Diego Center for Neurofeedback – A center in East County, San Diego, jointly owned by Dr. Tanya Hilber, to help clients improve their brain function through self-regulation and EEG biofeedback (electroencephalogram). http://sandiego-neurofeedback.com/
  3. San Diego Family Justice Center – A community agency providing support to victims of family violence https://www.sandiego.gov/sandiegofamilyjusticecenter
  4. Center for Hope and Strength –  A non-profit organization that provides counseling for victims of family violence http://centerforhopeandstrength.org/

Feel free to call any one of our offices with your inquiries.