Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Child & Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich & Anxiety Group

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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.

To find out more or to schedule an appointment please call 215-746-1230.

Here are some of the services we provide:

Diagnostic Evaluation

We conduct a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation with the child and parents in order to determine the best course of action for treatment or referral. This evaluation determines the nature and type of anxiety disorders present, along with any additional difficulties the child may be experiencing. 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 16 weeks. Periodic follow-up sessions are also conducted, as needed, to solidify gains. 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.


Social Phobia Group for Teens

We will be running a 14-week Social Phobia group for teens beginning in mid-January.  The group will meet one evening per week for 90 minutes. For more information, please see the attached flyer.

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" treatment for individuals with debilitating OCD symptoms. The intensive program is a 3 1/2 - 4 week (weekdays only) Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) program that utilities exposure and ritual prevention (EX/RP). The program includes 17 double-length sessions (90-120 minute session). The intensive program is for those who come to Philadelphia from out of town, for the more severe cases, or for people who have taken time off from work or school to focus on treatment.


To find out more or to schedule an appointment please call 215-746-1230.


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To make an appointment, or inquire further about our services, please call: 215-746-1230.

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