Dr. Silva is an out-of-network provider. Please call your insurance company to find out their out-of-network mental health coverage and contact Dr. Silva to discuss payment options.
How long are psychotherapy sessions? Psychological evaluations?
Your initial psychotherapy consultation session will last 1 hour; subsequent sessions are 45 minutes. Psycho-educational assessment length depends on the referral question. An IQ test alone takes 1-2 hours, but a full battery of psychological testing usually occurs over the course of 2 days.
How often do I have to attend psychotherapy sessions?
Dr. Silva develops an individual treatment plan specific to each client. Typically, clients begin individual psychotherapy on a weekly basis and decrease session frequency depending on his/her progress.
How long will I be in psychotherapy?
Total treatment length is client specific, depending on the complexity and severity of the issues. Using cognitive behavioral techniques, which have a “here-and-now” approach, Dr. Silva treats clients’ problems as efficiently as possible.
Is there a waiting list?
Dr. Silva will likely be able to see you for an initial consultation within 1 week of your first inquiry.
What if I know I need help, but don’t want to open up to someone about my personal life?
This is a very common occurrence. The first step is to make a phone call and speak to Dr. Silva about your reservations. A phone call will not cost anything or require you to set up an appointment, but will allow you to speak to a professional about how to handle your reservations and move forward.
I think my child needs psychotherapy. What is the process to obtain these services? What if my child refuses to see a therapist?
Many children and adolescents are reluctant to talk to an adult, especially a stranger, about their issues. Parents are highly encouraged to call Dr. Silva and discuss these issues prior to setting up an initial appointment. Dr. Silva has a very high success rate in treating young clients so hopefully she will be able to guide you in the right direction.
What is the process to arrange a custody evaluation?
You should have your attorney contact Dr. Silva directly to arrange for a custody evaluation.
Will I be able to get extended time on my SAT if I have a psycho-educational assessment?
Having a psycho-educational assessment alone will not guarantee extra time on a standardized test. Dr. Silva will conduct a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation to assess for individual strengths and weaknesses and considering these results she will make recommendations, one of which may be extended time on a standardized test.
I think my child may be gifted. Should I enroll him/her into a gifted school/program?
Each gifted school/program has its own requirements, many of which specify a minimum IQ score. Dr. Silva conducts gifted assessments, including IQ testing, and will provide you with a report for you to submit to gifted schools and/or programs.