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Meet Dr. Matthew W. Specht
Clinical Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine
Matthew W. Specht, Ph.D. is a nationally-recognized clinical psychologist and highly-lauded expert in Tourette’s Disorder and common co-occurring conditions including OCD, Anxiety, and ADHD. With over 15 years professional experience as a clinician, researcher, and professor at leading institutions including Johns Hopkins Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian, Dr. Specht has built a reputation for innovation and leadership in his field, and is personally driven to help children lead happy and healthy lives.
Obsessions are unwanted and intrusive thoughts, images or impulses resulting in anxiety, catastrophic thinking and accompanying behaviors called compulsions. Safe, effective non-medication treatments are considered the front-line treatment.
Affects everyone from time to time and is considered the “common cold” of mental health. Identifying and treating anxiety early reduces the risk to normal development and results in better long-term outcomes. Non-medication treatments are safe, effective, and are widely considered the front-line treatment.
Brief, non-stereotyped, repetitive movements and/or vocalizations, once thought rare, occur in nearly 25% of school-aged children. Tics are an early and noticeable sign that a child may be at risk for commonly co-occurring anxiety and attention problems. Tics can be effectively treated with a safe non-medication treatment.
What Other Patients Are Saying
“Dr. Specht is an exceptional doctor who helped our daughter fight her way out of a very dark place. His extensive experience with patients, like our daughter, who present with multiple diagnoses was exactly what was needed and his comforting, often humorous demeanor set us all at ease. Dr. Specht’s approach focuses not just on the patient, but also on teaching the parents how to help their child/adolescent. He was available by email/phone late in the evening.”
“Dr. Specht is a kind, compassionate, and knowledgeable therapist. His ability to understand adolescents and what best addresses their needs is remarkable. He goes out of his way for his patients and their families. He has a unique way of interacting with his patients that puts them at ease while at the same time effectively addressing their mental health issues. He has been a trusted advisor and coach for our family and made a significant positive impact on our son.”
“Dr. Specht changed my son’s life. My son had been misdiagnosed for years. A year ago we thought we were losing him and today he is heading to college, getting straight As, and has a focus and insight into his life well beyond his years, all thanks to Dr. Specht.”
“I can not recommend Dr. Specht enough! He helped my son so much with his generalized anxiety disorder and OCD. Up until we found Dr. Specht he had gone to several counselors that had not helped very much. Dr. Specht’s treatment plan helped my son tremendously. He has minimal symptoms now. He definitely was very instrumental in changing my son’s life. We will always be grateful to him for all he did.”
“I have spent my entire life going through doctors/therapists, who through my experience seem to be mostly biased and ignorant to any outside opinions. Dr. Specht is straightforward with you. No judgment. No BS. He is a man of great intelligence and highly respected in psychology. He also has many unique ways of using conditioning as a strategy to help people move past things that are unnatural to the person, yet are holding people back from everything life has to offer.”
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