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Gayani is the author of A Psychiatrist's Guide: Helping Parents Reach Their Depressed Tween. She dedicates her psychiatric practice to improving children's health and wellness. Straight talk and practical expertise are her tools of the trade to address the mental health needs of children and their families. Gayani wields not just her expert medical opinion; she advocates to achieve wellness for the entire family.
Dr. DeSilva obtained her medical training at Albany Medical College, internship at Brown University, and residency at Harvard University. She holds numerous awards and citations and currently is in private practice in Laguna Beach, CA.
Dr. DeSilva has spent over 15 years as a Psychiatrist, specifically enhancing the mental health of children and adolescents. Much of her work consists of the complex array of needs with adolescent and young adult criminal and violent offenders to understand the interplay between mental illness, societal factors, and interpersonal issues. In this climate of horrific violence much of it perpetrated by adolescents and young adults in society today, she believes understanding the needs of children is crucial to preventing further tragic events. Dr. DeSilva believes not only must children with mental illness obtain the care they desperately need, it is vital adults participating in child rearing educate themselves about children’s development and learn to communicate effectively with children and adolescents.