Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

About PATCH

Anxiety disorders are among the most common psychiatric disorders that affect children and adolescents. Fortunately, they are also among the most responsive to treatment. PATCH (Pennsylvania Hospital Anxiety Treatment for Children & Adolescents at Hall Mercer) is a specialty clinic in Center City Philadelphia that assesses and treats children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). PATCH therapists are trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), the most proven effective psychotherapy for these disorders. CBT involves a partnership between the therapist and family and helps children learn to modify their thoughts and behaviors so that anxiety no longer has control over their lives.

We offer treatment for children and adolescents (ages 5-18) with:

  • Generalized anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • Separation anxiety
  • Fears and phobias
  • School anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic attacks
  • Selective mutism

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