Hello! I am a psychotherapist and registered psychological assistant in San Diego and Del Mar. I work with children, teens, adults, and families. I provide individual, couples, and family counseling to people facing all sorts of life challenges.
If you have any questions about my services, please do not hesitate to call or send an email via the Contact page of this website. I would be happy to speak to you.
How I Work as a Therapist:
My focus is first on creating a respectful and safe working-relationship to explore whatever is bothering you. Using my expertise and your self-knowledge, we will create an individualized approach that best fits your needs or the needs of your child. If you have patterns you are not happy with (as most of us do), I can help you understand what is not working and then take steps to address what you discover.
I love being a therapist, as I enjoy the satisfaction of helping people live fuller and more meaningful lives. Technically speaking, I utilize a variety of counseling and psychotherapy modalities in an integrated manner, including interpersonal, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral approaches.
Areas of Specialized Training and Interest:
Learning and Attention Differences:
I have a particular passion for helping kids with learning and attention differences (including learning disabilities, dyslexia, and ADHD) and their parents.
For kids/teens, psychotherapy can be helpful to address self-esteem, anxiety, motivation, social issues, and other problems that can come along with learning challenges.
For parents, having someone to talk to can help you navigate the complexities and stress of having a child with a difference, such a worries about your child’s future, frustration with the school system, and learning more about your child’s particular strengths and weaknesses.
My interest in this work comes from my own struggles with dyslexia (one kind of learning disability) as a child. With enough help, I learned to be successful despite my difficulties. I hope that I can help others succeed as well.
Research on Learning Disabilities (LD):
I recently completed a large study on the difficulties that parents of children with LD face. (LD = specific problems with reading, writing, math, and spelling such as dyslexia.) For information on the results of my study and a list of LD resources for parents, please visit: www.LDParentStudy.com
Originally from San Diego, I graduated summa cum laude from Smith College (Northampton, MA) with a bachelor’s degree in 2003. I received a master’s degree from Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology (San Diego, CA) in 2010 and doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) in 2015 from the same program.
I have practiced therapy and conducted psychological assessments since 2008 in a variety of settings (including counseling centers and schools). I have helped people with a broad range of life struggles: anxiety, depression, relationship issues, loss, grief, trauma, anger, emotion regulation problems, and adjustment to life stressors. For more information on where I have worked, please see my LinkedIn profile.
My hourly fee is $100.00. I also offer a sliding scale for individuals who cannot afford my full fee.
If you have any questions about my services, please do not hesitate to call or send an email. I would be happy to speak to you.
Linsey McMillan Silverstein, Psy.D. is supervised by Oded Shezifi, Psy.D., RPT-S - PSY 21162
What is a registered psychological assistant? A psychological assistant is an unlicensed mental health professional who is registered with the California Board of Psychology and is supervised by a licensed psychologist. Working as a psychological assistant is one way that aspiring psychologists can collect hours in order to obtain licensure.