“Children are the best barometers of truth,” says Dr. Gayani DeSilva. 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. She wields not just her expert medical opinion, she advocates to achieve wellness for the entire family.
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.
Not your ordinary psychiatrist, her no nonsense approach strives to transform the lives of children and their families, and ultimately their communities. Education is her mode of choice for practicing medicine. Her goal is not only to achieve symptom resolution for mental illness. She encourages prevention and education for the manifestations of mental illness to enhance the child’s life and overall well-being and their surrounding community. She accomplishes all of this with patience, integrity and steadfast devotion to her patients.
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.