Child Therapist in Greenwich, CT


Dr. Specht is focused on helping children today become independent, balanced and healthy adults tomorrow.

Your child is unique. Helping them achieve happiness, joy, and balance as they move into adulthood is not a one-size-fits-all situation. As such, your family deserves to work with a child psychologist that is thorough, compassionate, experienced, and above all else, committed to your son or daughter’s mental health and well-being. This means properly diagnosing and determining customized strategies to help your child. Using a variety of effective plans, Dr. Specht is a leader in his field and throughout the Greenwich, CT area.


The process first begins with Dr. Specht conducting an initial 90-minute evaluation either in his Greenwich, CT office or virtually. This session is extremely important, as it will lay the foundation for providing an effective treatment plan for your child. Dr. Specht will ascertain valuable insight into your child’s behavioral and medical history, emotions, personality, lifestyle, etc. He will then discuss his recommendations for treatment moving forward. 


Unlike other child therapists, Dr. Specht believes in a collaborative approach, including parents in the treatment plan as much as possible, and even working closely with the rest of the household, extended family, school, and other networks.


It’s completely normal to feel nervous about finding and working with a child psychologist, especially for the first time. Rest assured that Dr. Specht is as comforting and understanding as he is insightful and experienced. You can feel confident knowing that your child will feel seen, heard, and validated.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) manifests as repeated unwanted thoughts that cause distress in the sufferer resulting in compulsions in an effort to lessen the anxiety caused by these obsessions.


By nature, everyone has anxiety, & it’s advantageous for your child to understand ways to cope early on. Learning how to effectively treat & manage the various types of anxiety will make all the difference.


Tics are repeated, sudden, rapid, nonrhythmic movements & sounds or vocalizations. Affecting nearly 25% of young children, tics are largely cosmetic & will rarely cause impairment.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is marked by inconsistent focus & hyperactivity/impulsivity. More frequent in males, ADHD is often associated with learning difficulties & behavioral problems.

Repetitive Behaviors

Repetitive Behaviors

Repetitive Behavior Disorders (RBD) include a collection of fairly common conditions such as nail-biting (onychophagia), hair-pulling (trichotillomania) & skin-picking (excoriation disorder).



Primary (Non-Autistic) motor stereotypies are rhythmic, repetitive, fixed, predictable, & purposeless movements that occur in children who are normally developing. Stereotypies are typically cosmetic.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring Disorders

Comorbidity occurs when two or more conditions are present at the same time. Due to multiple conditions in one child, treatment can often be challenging, however Dr. Specht is an expert in the field.


Nationally recognized doctor

From developing the Weill Cornell Medicine clinic focused on the treatment of anxiety in children and adolescents to serving as the Principle Investigator for the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) 10 year follow-up longitudinal study, Dr. Specht’s expertise and experience are unmatched. 

Having personally evaluated and treated over 1,500 patients, Dr. Specht is a sought after speaker at notable medical institutions including Harvard University/Mass General and Yale University, as well as leading professional organizations such as the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

Nationally recognized doctor Matthew Specht

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