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Westchester & Fairfield County-based anxiety specialist for children.

One out of every four children are affected by at least one anxiety disorder, including:

  • Separation anxiety or trouble separating/being separated from caregiver (at day care or when parents go out)
  • Generalized anxiety or worrying more than is necessary about family (parents health, finances), friends (“Do my friends like me?”), or school (“Are my grades good enough?”)
  • Social anxiety or experiencing enough anxiety in several social situations (public speaking, talking to authority figures, going on a date) that you avoid them or if confronted with them you try to escape the situation (leaving school or leaving a party)
  • Specific phobias or fear of specific things (insects, animals, weather, etc)

If anxiety goes untreated or is not properly addressed in childhood, issues are likely to persist into adulthood. Having created the Weill Cornell Medicine clinic focused on the treatment of anxiety in young people, Dr. Specht is an anxiety expert. Through comprehensive treatment you will work together toward alleviating the anxiety your child experiences.

Treatment

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the front-line treatment and is equally effective to medication alone. We only add medications (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, SSRIs) if it is absolutely necessary. CBT involves facing your fears (systematic desensitization) and while many patients worry we will MAKE them do things they do not want to do or are not ready to do, this is NOT true. Our approach allows patients to proceed as fast or as slow as they need to.

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