Improving the Quality of Life for Children, Adolescents and their Families



Welcome to The Children's and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety




3138 Butler Pike, Suite 200
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
phone: 484.530.0778
fax: 484.530.0998







About The Children's and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety:

The Children's and Adult Center was founded in 1998 to meet the growing need for effective treatments for children and families contending with OCD and anxiety. We are a group of 6 private practice psychologists with training and expertise in state of the art cognitive-behavior therapy for the full array of anxiety disorders, delivered in a warm, compassionate setting for children and teenagers, as well as for adults.

Our mission is to teach patients the skills they need to competently overcome the limitations that anxiety creates so that they can go on to lead happy, successful, and importantly, unburdened lives. Anxiety Disorders are among the most prevalent diagnoses in children and adults, but they are also among the most responsive to treatment. The prognosis is very good for those who are contending with an anxiety disorder, provided that they receive proper treatment. Each of the therapists at the Center specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders; our experience and additional specialties are described in our profiles below.

If you are looking for more detailed information about anxiety disorders and treatment, please visit our educational website: worrywisekids.org

We Offer Treatment for:

· Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
· PANDAS (strep-triggered OCD)
· Generalized Worry
· Fears and Phobias
· Separation Anxiety
· Panic Attacks
· Social Fears and Shyness
· Trichotillomania (Compulsive hair pulling)
· Trauma
· Tics

*Please note, The Children and Adult’s Center for OCD & Anxiety is not a group practice, but an office where individual private practice providers with specialized expertise in OCD and anxiety disorders across the lifespan practice.  Please also note that for the health of all, we are a fragrance-free office.

Continuing Education and Workshops:

The Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety is proud to present professional training workshops offering Continuing Education Credits: 

Continuing Education Workshop
It’s Complicated: How to address complex cases in childhood and adolescent anxiety on the individual and family level? 
Presented by: Lynne Siqueland, PhD and Deb Ledley, PhD
Friday, March 28th, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Evans Hall, Room 326 
PCOM Philadelphia, PA
6 CE credits for APA and Act 48,  
$199 for professionals, $85 students.  For more info contact siqueland@pobox.com

Spring Parent workshop (to be scheduled April-May 2014 ):  
Nurturing Courage and Competence 
Presented by: Lynne Siqueland PhD and Chiara Baxt, PhD 
We will teach parents about the nature of anxiety in children; how parents can help your child cope with anxiety; and how to parent your child through typical difficult times (e.g., school mornings, stomachaches, homework, and bedtime). Two 2 hour sessions.  
$100 for both sessions, $150 for 2 adults same family (e.g parents, grandparent, nanny).  
If interested leave a message at 484 530 0778 (x2) for info. 

Billing and Fees: 

Dr. Chansky, Dr. Siqueland, Dr. Ledley, Dr. Kase, Dr. Baxt, and Dr. Khanna’s practices are all fee-for-service practices.  None of the therapists accept insurance or are currently on any insurance panels, but receipts are provided that can be submitted for reimbursement if you have out of network benefits.  The therapist with whom you are meeting will provide all of the necessary documentation to submit for insurance reimbursement.  All fees are due at time of service. All billing is coordinated by and payment is made to each individual therapist. Questions about fees for new patients can be directed to the individual therapist.

Scheduling:

Appointments are individually scheduled by each therapist. New patient appointments and evaluations and therapy sessions for children, adolescents, and adults must be arranged by contacting the therapist directly at the indicated phone numbers provided within the bios below.

If you are interested in setting up an appointment or getting more information, please contact one of the therapists at their extension listed below, or you can leave your information at our main mailbox if you are unsure of how to proceed.  Please note, if you leave a message in the mail mailbox, you may experience a longer wait-time than if leaving a message directly with a therapist.

Kindly take a moment to consider how you will remember your scheduled appointment day; you may wish to jot a reminder on your calendar.

*Please note, The Children and Adult’s Center for OCD & Anxiety is not a group practice, but an office where individual private practice providers with specialized expertise in OCD and anxiety disorders across the lifespan practice.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I schedule an appointment?
If you are interested in setting up an appointment or getting more information, please contact one of the therapists at their extension listed below, or you can leave your information at our main mailbox (no extension) if you are unsure of how to proceed.  Please note, if you leave a message in the mail mailbox, you may experience a longer wait-time than if leaving a message directly with a therapist.

What days are therapists available?
The therapists all have different schedules and also have varying levels of availability given their current caseload. Most appointments are offered during the 9-5pm hours with some therapists offering evening hours. It would be best to read the bios carefully to determine which therapist(s) would be a good fit for your current needs.  Contact the therapist directly at their extension and schedule directly. If the scheduling is difficult due to availability, the therapist will be able to help you proceed with other appropriate options.

How do I know which therapist is right for my child?
We recommend carefully reviewing the bios (below) of all of the therapists and based on your current needs selecting the best fit. Call the therapist and leave a message at their individual extension listed on their bio. They will speak with you to discuss your needs and determine if they are the right fit. They will also be able to help you proceed if they feel another option would be more appropriate.

Do any therapists accept insurance?
None of the therapists accept insurance or are currently on any insurance panels. Dr. Chansky, Dr. Siqueland, Dr. Ledley, Dr. Kase, Dr. Baxt, and Dr. Khanna’s practices are all fee-for-service practices. However, all therapists provide receipts that can be submitted for reimbursement if you have out of network benefits. 

If you have questions about anxiety in youth, please visit our informational website:


Therapist Profiles:

Tamar Chansky, Ph.D. 

484.530.0778, extension 1


Dr. Tamar Chansky is the Founder and Director of the Children’s Center for OCD and Anxiety in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Dr. Chansky has been working with anxious children and their families for over 15 years; she received her Master's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and received her Doctoral Degree in the Temple University Clinical Psychology Program under the direction of Dr. Philip Kendall.

Dr. Chansky gives trainings to parents and professionals and frequently appears on radio and television. Dr. Chansky is the author of the popular, Freeing Your Child series, including Freeing Your Child from OCD, Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, and most recently, Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking. Dr. Chansky works with children as young as three years old, provides parent consultation and also sees adults with anxiety disorders. In addition to having an office at the Center, Dr. Chansky sees patients in her home office in Chestnut Hill. 


Lynne Siqueland, Ph.D. 

484.530.0778, extension 3



Dr. Lynne Siqueland is a psychologist at the Children’s Center for OCD and Anxiety and has been specializing in treating anxiety disorders in children and adolescents for over 20 years. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages beginning in the preschool years with a special interest in transition into adolescence and young adulthood. She also treats adults. Dr. Siqueland received her Doctoral Degree in the Temple University Clinical Psychology Program under the direction of Dr. Philip Kendall and was a full faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and Center for Psychotherapy Research for 8 years before entering private practice full time. She still is on the adjunct faculty.

Dr Siqueland's clinical work and research publications focus on integrating individual CBT approaches with family work. She works with children, adolescents and adults to develop a sense of competence and mastery. She has a special interest on collaborating with parents to guide their children to cope with their anxiety, to develop competence and autonomy, and to improve family connection and communication. Dr Siqueland also enjoys providing trainings on anxiety and OCD and its treatment for professionals and parents locally and nationally. 





Larina Kase, Psy.D. 

484.530.0778, extension 4

Dr. Larina Kase is a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, building confidence and self esteem, and skills training including assertiveness, time and stress management, and performance enhancement (in school, sports, public speaking, or work).

She sees children, teens, and adults at The Children’s Center for OCD and Anxiety, which she joined in 2005 after serving on clinical faculty at The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received supervision from Dr. Edna Foa who is credited with developing the exposure and response prevention treatments for OCD. Dr. Kase also enjoys providing parent coaching and collaboration services with schools and patient's other treatment providers.

Dr. Kase is the author of Anxious 9 to 5, The Confident Leader (which is about how to turn anxiety and indecision into optimal energy), and the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Confident Speaker. She completed her Bachelor of Science with Distinction at Cornell University, Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) at Wright State University, and her predoctoral internship at The University of Rochester School of Medicine. Larina recently began the free online resource site for parents helping kids reduce stress and build confidence: ConfidentCub.com 



Chiara Baxt, Ph.D. 

484.530.0778, extension 6


Dr. Chiara Baxt is a pediatric psychologist at the Children’s Center for OCD and Anxiety, specializing in treating children and adolescents with medical conditions and childhood anxiety disorders. She has had extensive experience in helping children with many different types of medical conditions such as abdominal disorders, asthma/ allergies, eczema, pain, problems with eating, life-threatening illness, severe injuries, and organ transplantation. Dr. Baxt’s treatment philosophy is to apply psychological and behavioral principles to maximize each child’s health and overall well-being. She provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to children with adjunctive family therapy as needed. Dr. Baxt works collaboratively with other healthcare providers and provides parent consultation.

Dr. Baxt attained her PhD at Fordham University, completed internship training at Geisinger Medical Center, and fulfilled post-doctoral training at the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Baxt remained on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia providing treatment to hospitalized and chronically ill children and their parents and conducting research on traumatic impact of illness and injury in children and their parents. She also provides trainings on anxiety and its treatment for healthcare professionals, parents, and other therapists. 


Deborah Roth Ledley, Ph.D.

484.530.0778, extension 7

Dr. Roth Ledley is a psychologist at the Children's Center for OCD and Anxiety, specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto and did post-doctoral training at the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple University. Prior to joining the Children’s Center, she was a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania where she worked at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety.

Dr. Ledley has also done extensive research on the nature and treatment of anxiety, publishing over 40 scientific papers and book chapters, as well as three academic books. Her book, Making Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Work, has sold over 7000 copies and is used as a textbook in many clinical psychology training programs in the United States and Canada. Dr. Ledley also coaches expectant and new mothers, basing her work on her book, Becoming a Calm Mom: How to Manage Stress and Enjoy the First Year of Motherhood



Muniya Khanna, Ph.D.             

484.530.0778, extension 8

Dr. Khanna is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of childhood anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder, as well as OC-spectrum disorders including Tic Disorders and Trichotillomania. She provides weekly and more intensive (2 days per week) therapy, depending on the needs of the child, and works very closely with parents and other caregivers in the child’s life (including school staff, psychiatrists and other providers) whenever warranted to ensure the best outcomes. 

Dr. Khanna has expertise in the evaluation and cognitive-behavioral treatment of:
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Specific Phobias
  • Tic Disorders
  • Trichotillomania
Dr. Khanna was previously Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group (the “COTTAGe”) in the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. She worked in the COTTAGe outpatient clinic, and provided training and supervision for interns, residents, and fellows at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is currently a research consultant at CHOP helping them to bring CBT to children at risk for anxiety and behavior problems to the Philadelphia School District.

She is author of numerous research articles and chapters, and co-author with Dr. Philip Kendall of, The CAT Project, a therapist manual for the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxious adolescents, Camp Cope-A-Lot, the first empirically-supported computer-based treatment for anxious youth, and CBT4CBT: Computer-based training for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for anxious youth, a computer-based training program for professionals interested in becoming proficient in CBT for childhood anxiety disorders. She also conducts CE (continuing education) workshops and trainings for a wide range of professionals and routinely presents at national scientific meetings and conferences.

Dr. Khanna completed her doctoral degree at Temple University under the mentorship of Dr. Philip Kendall, clinical internship at UCLA under the direction of Dr. John Piacentini, and NIH-sponsored fellowship at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, under the direction of Dr. Anne Marie Albano.


Directions to the Children’s Center:

Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety
3138 Butler Pike, Suite 200
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462



The most complicated part of finding us is identifying our Center from the street from the first time because it is a residential building of white stucco with brown shutters (see the photo to the left). There is a post and rail fence out front and a small wooden sign with our address 3138 Butler Pike.There is no sign saying Children’s Center from street or identifying it as a business location. After locating us the first time, it will be easy. Go slow once you turn onto Butler Pike. Park anywhere there is a free space in the large lot.

From PA Turnpike East and West
Take Norristown exit. After toll booths, bear right to Plymouth Meeting and Germantown Pike East. After ramp, get in left lane. Turn right at the second light (Butler Pike- Plymouth Meeting Friends School on corner). Turn left into the first full driveway.

From Blue Route and Main Line
Take exit 19, Germantown Pike East. Stay in right lane, turn right at first light, onto Germantown Pike. Turn right at the next traffic light (Butler Pike- Plymouth Meeting Friends School on corner). Turn left into the first full driveway.

From Chestnut Hill
You can take Germantown Pike to the intersection with Butler Pike. Alternatively, take Bethlehem Pike to Stenton Ave west. Go thru 2 lights, and turn left at the 3rd light (Flourtown Rd). Bear right at the next intersection, continuing on Flourtown Road. At next traffic light, turn left (Joshua Road). Turn right at next light (Germantown Pike). From either route, at the light turn left (Butler Pike- Plymouth Meeting Friends School on corner). Turn left into the first full driveway.
 


For all directions above  Go in the door marked Children’s Center for OCD and Anxiety and go up the stairs. At the top of the stairs, go thru the right side door to this 2nd floor waiting room. Take a seat in the waiting room. Your therapist will greet you there.


Fragrance-Free Office

The Children’s Center is a perfume-free environment. For the health and well-being of those with asthma and allergies, please refrain from wearing perfume, aftershave, hairspray or other heavily scented products as the chemicals they contain make breathing difficult.  Your cooperation is essential for those with asthma, but is more healthful for you and your family too. All personal care products are available in a safe, chemical free form at Whole Foods, or other health food stores. Click here to learn more about safer personal products.



Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!