Neurofeedback Specialists to help Train your Brain

Christiana K. Silva, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, PSY21878

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Dr. Christiana Silva has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology awarded by the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.  Dr. Silva has attended UCLA and UCSD receiving her B.S. in Psychology.  Her doctoral research study investigated dysfluent speech in abused children.

Dr. Silva has a private practice located in the city of Lakeside - SD Psychological Services. Her areas of expertise includes ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and trauma exposure.  Dr. Silva has owned and operated her private practice since 2007. She accepts private pay, sliding scale fee, and insurance reimbursement (Tricare, Aetna, Blue Shield PPO) for therapy services at SD Psychological Services.

Dr. Silva has worked at the Center for Autism Research, Evaluation, and Service, for over 14 years.  Dr. Silva provided consultation, training, and supervision for behavior modification programs with children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  She has experience in the following strategies: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Discrete Trial Training (DTT), social stories, TEACCH, peer training, PRT, play therapy, and PECS.  Dr. Silva worked with occupational therapists, education consultants, physical therapists, speech therapists as well teachers and administrators.  She has worked with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis ranging from 3 years of age through 55 years.

Dr. Silva has an extensive research background.  She has been a research assistant to many well known Psychologists and Medical Doctors and has studied such topics as: effective social skills in high school aged children, high affect vs. low affect PRT, the treatment of Tinnitus with CBT and psychopharmacology, the role of life stress in depression and effects of substance use on personality structures.  She has assisted with research at the UCSD autism lab and UCSD/VA hospital.

Dr. Silva has over 9 years of training in clinical experience.  She was a psychology intern at Springall Academy where she provided short and long term individual and group psychotherapy to students with learning disabilities and behavior problems.  Dr. Silva worked with children with a variety of diagnosis including, ADHD, Depression, Autism, Aspergers, PTSD and learning disabilities.

Dr. Silva also has experience in working with adults.  She was a psychology intern at Calworks Stepforward where she provided long term and short term therapy for adults.  At Stepforward she conducted parenting and anger management groups and assisted in crisis management and job skills training.  Dr. Silva was also a practicum student at ISIS crisis house.  She provided short term therapy/crisis management to adults who are experiencing a high level of stress.

Dr. Silva’s personal qualities include a genuine love and passion for her work.  She is extremely enthusiastic and shows great dedication to her clients.

Tanya L. Hilber, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, PSY24479

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Dr. Tanya Hilber received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University (AIU), California School of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Hilber was awarded her B.A. from Carroll University in Wisconsin for Psychology. Dr. Hilber's doctoral dissertation explored midlife transitions in women of the baby boomer cohort.

Dr. Hilber is an interactive, empathic therapist and works from a combination of a practical psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral orientations. She believes that to be healthy and successful, we need to find a balance in life – a balance within daily life, relationships, physical health, and mental health. 

Through support, practical feedback, and guidance on you or your child’s path, you can effectively address life challenges and find balance by becoming aware of perceptions and emotional complexities. A highly personalized approach by Dr. Hilber can help you or your child to understand oneself, build on strengths, find balance, and have good mental health.

Dr. Hilber has several years of experience with children, teens, and adults in the mental health field, including counseling with individuals, couples, teens, children, behavioral consultation, parenting, group therapy, and applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy. She has training in cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, solution-focused, play therapy, and trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy. Her training includes her work with adolescents and adults at AIU Counseling & Psychological Services Center, Neighborhood Healthcare Behavioral Health, Isis Crisis Center at Community Research Foundation. Dr. Hilber also worked with children and teens on the Autism/Asperger's Spectrum (ASD) at Center for Autism Research & Evaluation (CARES) and Autism Intervention Milwaukee (AIM) providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), Discreet Trial Training (DTT), parenting workshops, and social skills groups. 

Dr. Hilber owns and operates a private practice in Mission Valley area of San Diego - Hilber Psychological Services.  Her areas of expertise include children and teens with ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Asperger's/Autism Spectrum, depression, trauma, parenting, and life stressors. Dr. Hilber accepts private pay, Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Magellan, Tricare and Blue Shield for therapy services at Hilber Psychological Services

Dr. Hilber specializes in working with children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), Anxiety, behavioral problems, anger issues, and parenting. She also works with depression, relationship issues, childhood trauma, childhood abuse, stress management, personal growth, life transitions,  children's life stressors, and middle-age transitions for women. 

Dr. Hilber believes that people are able to accomplish their goals with the right support and guidance down a mutual path. She personally loves to work with her clients to see them fulfill their goals. 


Jacob M. Murdock, M.A

Jacob received his MA in Counseling and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He received his BS from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He is a pre-doctoral student focusing on children and women. He is currently a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern under the supervision of Drs. Christiana Silva and Tanya Hilber at San Diego Center for Neurofeedback. 

His clinical experience has been in San Diego’s underserved populations experiencing economic poverty, addiction, homelessness, and incarceration. His clinical traineeships were at UCSD charter school Gompers Preparatory Academy, Grades 6-12; New Visions Counseling Center, children and families; Salvation Army Adult Recovery Center, addictions; and SD Center for Counseling ages 2-18 and SD Family Justice Center, domestic violence victims and children. Jacob facilitated self-esteem and self-empowerment groups in San Diego’s men’s and women’s prisons for several years. He also has over twenty-five years of behavioral experience in children with autism and special needs. 

Jacob’s life is devoted to service. A victim of severe trauma himself, he meets his clients where they are and with whatever they bring into the therapy session. A trained depth, experiential, and behavioral therapist, he assists clients in finding their inner resources to overcome life’s challenges. 


Carri Barish, M.A.
REGISTERED ASsociate Marriage & Family INTERN, AMFT99430
REgistered Associate PRofessional Clinical counselor, APCC3900

Carri Barish received her masters degree in Clinical Psychology at National University with specializations in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling. She is currently registered as both a MFT and PCC intern and is working under the supervision of Dr. Tanya Hilber at San Diego Center for Neurofeedback. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Food Science and Nutrition at San Diego State University.

Carri has an empathic, gentle approach by which she inspires and guides clients towards their goals and a more balanced life. She anchors her integrative practice in cognitive-behavioral and solution focused therapies. Her clinical practicum was completed at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center and Veterans Village of San Diego working with diverse populations having substance use and co-occurring disorders. Carri has extensive experience working with children as a tennis coach at various venues including The City of Irvine and La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club; and also as a regular and special education teacher at San Diego Unified School District. 


Alex Stautzenbach, M.A.
Registered associate Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT #107320

Alex was born in Los Angeles but has lived in San Diego for since 2010. Alex received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and minor in Child and Family Development from San Diego State University. Alex recently received her Master's Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. She is currently a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Associate under the supervision of Dr. Tanya Hilber & Dr. Christiana Silva at the San Diego Center for Neurofeedback. 

Alex completed her practicum and is still currently completing clinical work with UC San Diego Health's Collaborative Care program, an integrated behavioral and mental health program within the departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics. Alex has worked with children, adults and families, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life. She has also worked with children in non-clinical capacities, including volunteering at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a free summer camp for children who has or has had cancer in their lifetime, and their siblings and families. Alex enjoys yoga, sports, travel, concerts, and being outdoors. She feels most centered and at home when connecting with the friends and family in her life. 


Blaine Rimer, M.S.
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT 109846
registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC 5890

Blaine earned his Masters of Science in Counseling, with an option in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University - Long Beach. Blaine earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change from San Diego State University. He is currently a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor working under the supervision of Dr. Tanya Hilber and Dr. Christiana Silva at the San Diego Center for Neurofeedback. 

Blaine plans to focus his career on working with underprivileged and underserved populations as his career experience has shown. He has worked with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) San Diego, Community Research Foundation, and the San Diego LGBT Center. He completed his clinical traineeship at Tarzana Treatment Center in Long Beach while in his Masters program. He has experience with individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and marriage/relationship therapy with clients ranging in age and from various backgrounds. Blaine has an empathic, nonjudgmental, and strength-based approach which helps clients to empower themselves and recognize their full potential.


Veronica Silver, M.A.
registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC 4663

Veronica was born in Philadelphia but has lived in San Diego since 2014.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Professional Clinical Counseling from La Salle University in Philadelphia and is currently registered as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor working under the supervision of Dr. Tanya Hilber and Dr. Christiana Silva at the San Diego Center for Neurofeedback.

While in her Master’s program, Veronica completed her internship at NHS Human Services, in Pennsylvania, working with individuals in an underserved, low socioeconomic population. She has also worked in psychiatric inpatient facilities for the past 10 years, currently working at Sharp Mesa Vista. Veronica loves working in an acute population and helping to support and empower those in crisis. Her work in hospital populations has provided experience with all age ranges, as well as experience with varying mental health and chemical dependence disorders. Veronica uses a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral and Acceptance and Commitment approaches to help guide clients.

Lauren Fleming, M.A.
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT100148

Lauren received her MA in Counseling and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She received her BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. She is currently a registered Marriage and Family Therapist under the supervision of Dr. Tanya Hilber and Dr. Christiana Silva at San Diego Center for Neurofeedback.

Lauren completed her practicum while in school working with end-of-life patients and families in hospice care as well as working with adults in an acute residential crisis setting. Prior to graduate school she worked as a massage therapist, which has strongly influenced her interest in the mind-body connection and holistic approach to mental health. Lauren has continued her work with adults with a variety of mental health needs at an acute residential crisis center. She is committed to helping others pursue health and well-being and exploring the human capacity for transformation.

About San Diego Center for Neurofeedback, A Professional psychological corporation

Neurofeedback Clinicians, Dr. Silva and Dr. Hilber at San Diego Center for Neurofeedback, completed their training with a certificate in Neurofeedback at EEGinfo and EEG Institute. Training consists of didactic and experiential learning directly by the Othmer’s, based on the Othmer Method. The Othmer Method includes brain training at Infra Low Frequencies (ILF) and Alpha Theta (AT) brain waves using Cygnet and NeuroAmp programs.

The biofeedback technicians of San Diego Center for Neurofeedback are marriage and family therapist (MFT) registered associates and professional clinical counseling (PCC) associates as neurofeedback technicians. Technicians are qualified mental health clinicians with Master's level education and have clinical training and experience with children, teens, and adults. SDCNF technicians are fully trained to provide neurofeedback services. Associates are supervised by Licensed Psychologists and work together as a team to provide the best neurofeedback treatment and experience for you. 

San Diego Center for Neurofeedback is a Psychological Professional Corporation that follows all laws, regulations, and ethical codes by the California Board of Psychology, American Psychological Association, Board of Behavioral Sciences, and HIPAA. Please contact us for detailed information regarding insurance and neurofeedback services.

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For further information on our clinicians, see Dr. Silva's LinkedIn profile and Dr. Hilber's LinkedIn profile.