Dr Hayley Silverman
  • Home
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychological Testing
  • Fees and Insurance
  • About Dr. Silverman
  • Online Therapy
  • Contact


Today you are one step closer to solving a problem you have not been able to solve on your own...

one step closer to creating a more fulfilling life. 

Dr. Hayley Silverman, a San Diego therapist and Clinical Psychologist, works collaboratively with adults, children, and families to achieve positive solutions to relationship, parenting, academic, career, health, and personal concerns. Building on the strengths and experiences that each individual and family brings to psychotherapy, Dr. Silverman helps clients enhance their own abilities to make changes in their lives. Tailoring her therapy to her clients' individual needs and personalities, she employs strategies taken from solution-focused, family systems, cognitive-behavioral, and behavior modification. Dr. Silverman generally practices from a humanistic/ positive psychology theoretical orientation, which suggests that limited results are attained in psychotherapy when the focus is solely on problem resolution. More meaningful outcomes occur in psychotherapy when a client's innate strengths and independent perspectives are encouraged to prevail in daily life, as these changes ultimately result in a more fulfilling life.  

Whether the issue involves your child, teen, family or relationship, Dr. Silverman will work creatively and thoughtfully to help you better understand and resolve any challenges and move forward. By utilizing the most current, integrative methods of psychotherapy and psychological testing, she can help clearly identify the nature of a problem, the contributing factors, and possible steps towards a resolution. Long-standing behavior patterns and negative perceptions need not hold you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. 

If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation, or you are simply ready to move forward in a positive direction in your life, Dr. Silverman looks forward to working with you towards achieving your goals.  


Psychotherapy for Children

For concerns including behavioral problems, anger/opposition, depression, anxiety, learning issues, adoption, & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD).  With the parent as “the expert” on their child, Dr. Silverman develops a plan to address issues in a manner congruent with the values of the family and community. Parents are encouraged to be involved with the child’s therapy in most cases, because the parents will be implementing corrective strategies and providing ongoing encouragement at home. Children also tend to be more comfortable talking about personal issues with a family member in the room. Dr. Silverman works from a mostly rewards-based orientation, yet she impresses the importance of routine, structure, and predictable consequences. She is also familiar with attachment parenting, positive parenting, and parenting in accordance with a child’s temperament.

Psychotherapy for Teens / Adolescents

To assist with issues such as anger, oppositional behavior, academic difficulties, depression, anxiety, impulsivity, self-injury, and relationship problems with peers or family members. Parents are typically involved in at least some therapy sessions; however, exceptions are made in special circumstances. In general, parents are a valuable resource towards providing important perspectives on the teen’s current functioning, personal history, and family history.

Family Therapy

Common issues include negotiating different parenting styles, birth of a child, becoming a new mother, relocation of the family, deployment of a family member, divorce, remarriage,  blended families, step-parenting, financial loss and its impacts, addition of a sibling or grandparent to the household, grief over death of a family member, reaction to natural disasters, and medical or psychiatric illness of a family member.  In addition, the bulk of Dr. Silverman’s work with children and adolescents addresses the larger family system to some degree because, many times, a child or adolescent displays a “symptom” in response to a larger family problem or issue. Modern family life is anything but simple.  Dr. Silverman can help you re-discover the positive capabilities your family possesses.    

Individual Psychotherapy for Adults

Presenting issues generally include adjusting to a new phase in life, career and financial stress, relationship problems, depression, bipolar disorder, post-partum depression, anxiety disorders, grief, gender and sexuality issues, coping with medical illnes, post-traumatic stress disorder, and adjusting to brain injury. Dr. Silverman offers an intelligent yet compassionate approach where the individual’s perspective and feelings about the problem are of paramount importance. The ultimate goal is to offer clients the tools they need to grow independently.

Couples / Marital Therapy

For issues including improving communication, intimacy issues, recovering from infidelity, and deciding whether to remain in or end a relationship. Therapy looks at the relationship as an adaptive or maladaptive system. The couple’s goals for therapy are considered of utmost importance.



Dr. Silverman provides comprehensive psychological testing on a limited basis to assess for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD) and common psychiatric issues including mood & anxiety problems and behavioral issues. The scope of the evaluation depends on the complexity of the case. Only the most current and reliable assessments are utilized. Psychological testing is available for children, teens, and adults. Results can be used to assist with diagnosis and highly personalized treatment planning.

Dr. Silverman frequently interprets and works with other professionals' evaluations including those provided by schools to assess for learning disabilities or giftedness, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), 504 Plans, neuropsychogical evaluations, and developmental evaluations.



Rates for Private Pay 

$250 per 55-minute Initial Evaluation Session
$200 per 55-minute Return Session
$175 per 45 minute Testing Session

Fees for a full psychological evaluation vary depending on the complexity of the case.
At this time, Dr. Silverman does not provide professional services related to legal or court-related matters. 
Reduced-fee services are available by request for patients who chose not to utilize health insurance benefits. Decisions about reduced-fee payments are made on a case by case basis.  


Cash, check, and major credit cards (except American Express) are accepted for payment.

Utilizing Health Insurance

Although Dr. Silverman accepts reimbursement from multiple health insurance carriers, it is important for clients to understand the unfortunate, negative consequences involved in utilizing their insurance coverage towards paying for health care.

Once a client choses to employ their insurance coverage, managed health care companies have total, exclusive access to all personal, private information about a client. In fact, these companies are allowed greater access to private information than legal authorities and government agencies. The ramifications of this privilege are boundless. There have been reports from several reputable news outlets that the federal government and the insurance industry have developed a national database of medical and mental health records, and all managed care records are reported and stored here. Although Dr. Silverman does not have solid information about whether these reports are factual or rumored, when a client authorizes Dr. Silverman to utilize his/her health care coverage towards paying for professional services, Dr. Silverman loses any ability to monitor or regulate the information that managed care companies demand and receive from her office in exchange for reimbursement of services.    

Additionally, once clients utilize their health insurance benefits, managed care companies are permitted to make decisions about what type of treatment your doctor may provide you with (regardless of your doctor's recommendation), future premium amounts, and what conditions can be excluded from your future coverage. Additionally, your managed care company reserves the right to refuse payment at any time (no rationale required) for any services rendered to you by any health professional that you currently work with, have worked with, or will work with in the future.  This situation can result in large unpaid balances to your health care providers, for which you are individually responsible. Clients and their doctors have no recourse in resolving this situation with managed care companies. 

Should clients chose to use their health insurance coverage, Dr. Silverman accepts many insurance plans as an In-Network Provider, including Aetna, Cigna, Blue Shield of California, Tricare/Triwest, United Behavioral Health/United Healthcare, HealthNet/ MHN, and Pacificare/Optum Health. Please inquire with her office to discuss whether she is currently accepting Anthem Blue Cross coverage as an Out-of-Network Provider. Dr. Silverman accepts all PPO insurance plans but does not work with EAP benefits. 

Please contact Dr. Silverman’s office to discuss specific details regarding utilizing insurance coverage for care provided by her office. Copays and deductibles are due in full at the time of service.

Cancellation Policy

If you do not attend your scheduled therapy appointment and have not notified the office at least 24 hours in advance, please be advised that there is a $100 fee. This charge cannot be billed to insurance.



Education, Training, and Professional Experience

Dr. Silverman received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology with a Minor in Womens Studies from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, in 1999. In addition to her core undergraduate coursework, she studied abroad at the Universite d’Utrecht with a focus on multicultural, multidisciplinary studies. She then earned her Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Psychology in 2001 and Doctor of Psychology (Psy. D.) in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In 2004, Dr. Silverman completed her Pre-doctoral Internship at Kaiser Permanente Department of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine in San Diego, California.  She concluded her Post-doctoral Residency at Kaiser Permanente Department of Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine in San Rafael, California in 2005. From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Silverman worked for Psychiatric Centers at San Diego (PCSD), in the Rancho Bernardo office. 

In early 2011, Dr. Silverman opened her private practice in Rancho Bernardo.

For additional information on Dr. Silverman, please request her curriculum vitae.


Personal Background and Interests

Dr. Silverman has lived in California for over 10 years, mostly in San Diego County. She has a young son in public school and a small dog with training as an assistance animal (now retired).   She has a lifelong love of animals, travel, and creative pursuits (music, art, liturature).   




Online Therapy (also known as tele-mental health or telemedicine)

The use of the internet via video conferencing platforms (such as Skype) in providing psychotherapy opens up tremendous opportunities. Individuals who desire therapy but who have historically been limited by travel schedules, transportation or accessibility challenges, or work schedule constraints are now able to receive services as a result of innovations in technology.

Dr Silverman offers psychotherapy via Skype on a case by case basis. Factors influencing whether online therapy is a suitable for a patient include:

  • Seriousness of therapeutic problem.
  • State of primary residence. Dr Silverman can only see a patient for online therapy if their primary residence is in California. However, online therapy can be conducted with the patient (if they are visiting or temporarily residing) anywhere in the world.
  • Willingness to agree to Dr Silverman’s Informed Consent & Disclosure Related to Online Therapy/ Telemedicine.

Please contact Dr Silverman if you are interested in learning more about this service.


*Also, please note that insurance usually does not cover online therapy.



Dr. Silverman’s office is located in the Rancho Bernardo neighborhood of           San Diego.

(858) 304-0428 tel

(858) 630-5508 fax

View Larger Map


*Office hours are generally as follows

Mondays from 12:45pm to 6pm.

Tuesdays from 12pm to 7:30pm.

Wednesdays from 12:45pm to 6pm.

Thursdays from 9:00am to 3pm.

Fridays from 12:45pm to 7:30pm.

Occassionally, weekend hours are available.


Email:  hsilvermanpsyd@gmail.com

Please note that due to the nature of the Internet, no information submitted via email is completely confidential. Additionally, a doctor/patient relationship is not formed by use of this website, by the use of information from this website, or by submission of information via email. Please do not transmit any confidential information using email. For confidential contact, please call Dr. Silverman’s office and schedule an appointment.


For all emergency or urgent matters, please do not contact Dr. Silverman by email or phone. Rather, contact 911.