Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Treatment Programs

Welcome to the COTTAGe! Our staff specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), tic disorders (including Tourette Syndrome), trichotillomania, and anxiety disorders such as separation anxiety, social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and related disorders. Our patients can expect to receive the most advanced evidence-based expert therapeutic services and personalized care.

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Here are some of the services we provide:

Diagnostic Evaluation

We conduct a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation in order to determine the best course of action for treatment or referral. This evaluation determines the nature and type of anxiety or related disorders present, along with any additional difficulties the patient may be experiencing. For patients under 18 years of age, the evaluation typically involves child and parent interviews, as well as the completion of questionnaires. Patients who are over 18 years of age may receive an individualized diagnostic assessment that includes an interview and questionnaires.

Treatment Programs

Based upon results of the diagnostic evaluation, treatment recommendations are made which may include referrals to our program or to another professional. The COTTAGe offers evidence-based treatments in individual or family-based treatment formats. Most psychosocial treatment programs meet weekly for approximately 12 to 20 weeks, but treatment is tailored to the individual needs of the patient. Periodic follow-up sessions are also conducted, as needed, to review skills and maintain progress. Our psychosocial treatments are based on cognitive-behavioral principles and involve education as well as teaching patients and parents specific skills to better manage their symptoms.

OCD Intensive Treatment Program

We are among the country's top centers for the treatment of pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). One of our specialty treatment services is our "intensive" and "semi-intensive" treatment options for individuals with severe OCD symptoms. Our program utilizes exposure and response prevention (EX/RP) and other forms of cognitive-behavioral therapy that are considered the gold-standard treatment for OCD and related disorders. Our intensive treatments are tailored to each patient, so the number and length of sessions is determined based on individual needs and family resources. The intensive program is ideal for those who come to Philadelphia from a distance, for more severe symptoms, or for people who have taken time off from work or school to focus on treatment.

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