Dr. Kathryn Hecht, Ph.D.
Dr. Kathryn Hecht specializes in the evaluation and evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. Her areas of expertise include generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias, panic disorder, selective mutism, separation anxiety, and difficulties that frequently accompany anxiety, including sleep problems, food selectivity, perfectionism, and oppositionality. Dr. Hecht also has experience treating individuals with other co-occurring emotional and behavioral difficulties, including depression, attention problems, and disruptive behavior.
Dr. Hecht takes an individualized approach to treatment and will tailor the best evidence-based treatments to a child or teen’s specific needs. Dr. Hecht’s primary approach to treatment is based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a therapeutic approach that emphasizes the link between thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Children and parents are active participants in this kind of therapy, and will be asked to help identify goals and practice techniques and skills learned between sessions. As appropriate, Dr. Hecht may also incorporate techniques from a number of other evidence-based approaches into treatment, including DBT, ACT, PCIT, and mindfulness techniques.
Dr. Hecht received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Prior to joining ATR, she completed training under Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard at the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and Dr. Martin Franklin at the Child & Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich & Anxiety Group (COTTAGe Clinic, University of Pennsylvania).
For more information about Dr. Hecht, please visit drkathrynhecht.com