Gail Silverstein, PhD
Clinical Associate | 856-983-3866 Ext. 3135
"Sometimes the problem is not actually what it appears to be. Thorough neuropsychological testing can provide not only an accurate diagnosis but also an in depth description of how the person's mind works. Then it becomes clear what the appropriate intervention(s) should be."Dr. Gail Silverstein earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1981. Since that time she has worked as a psychotherapist, first in the Boston area, and then in Philadelphia and South Jersey. She is licensed as a psychologist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Dr. Silverstein sees children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of problems in both family and individual therapy. She is also a clinical neuropsychologist.
Dr. Silverstein completed a post-doctoral certificate in Neuropsychology at Drexel University. A significant part of her work at Centra includes doing neuropsychological evaluations of children, adolescents, and adults. The process approach which Dr. Silverstein uses in these evaluations not only yields a set of scores but also involves a detailed analysis of the errors people make. This allows her to gain an in-depth understanding of how people approach problems and the nature of their learning style as well as what their cognitive strengths and weaknesses are. Many of these evaluations are for the purpose of diagnosing problems such as ADD/ADHD, language-based or non-verbal learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, or post-concussion syndrome. Detailed recommendations for appropriate educational programming, accommodations, and modifications as well as strategies which can be used at home are included. This type of testing is often needed to document these problems so as to get extra time or other necessary accommodations for the SAT, LSAT, GRE, and other professional examinations. Neuropsychological testing can also help to describe cognitive functioning in a way that can improve interpersonal relationships and facilitate the therapeutic process. Dr. Silverstein believes that her training in neuropsychology has enhanced her therapy skills, giving her an in-depth understanding of the struggles of people with ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and concussions.
One of Dr. Silverstein’s areas of specialization is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT has been shown to be the most effective treatment for a variety of problems, including anxiety and depression. Dr. Silverstein is one of the few clinicians in the South Jersey area with specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). Insomnia can negatively affect many aspects of a person’s life, including school or work performance, decision-making, and relationships. CBT-I has been shown to be as effective as medication in the short term and more effective than medication for long term improvement of insomnia. When people suffer from depression in addition to insomnia, research has shown that treating the insomnia with CBT-I leads to a significantly greater reduction in symptoms of depression than treating the depression alone. Treatment of insomnia can usually be completed in six to eight sessions.
Dr. Silverstein is also one of the few practitioners in southern New Jersey certified to offer Cogmed Working Memory Training. Cogmed is a non-pharmaceutical intervention which has been shown to increase attention, concentration, focus, memory, and organization in addition to improving reading comprehension, math and problem-solving abilities by increasing working memory. The program is computer-based and coach-supported so the user can work at home on his or her own schedule. It is the only program of its kind with good, solid scientific evidence behind it. Research has shown that Cogmed has an 80% success rate.