Welcome

The Children's and Adult Center was founded in 1998 by Dr. Tamar Chansky for children, teens and adults to meet the growing need for effective treatments for children and families contending with OCD and anxiety. We are a group of 5 private practice psychologists as well as a licensed clinical social worker 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 Therapist Profiles.

EXPERT TREATMENT FOR

  •  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  •  Generalized Anxiety and Worry
  •  Separation Anxiety
  •  Panic Attacks
  •  Social Fears and Shyness
  •  Fears and Phobias
  •  Trichotillomania (Compulsive Hair Pulling)
  •  Medical and health related worries
  •  Tics
  •  Trauma
  •  Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS/PANDAS)

Therapist Profiles

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Tamar Chansky, Ph.D.

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Lynne Siqueland, Ph.D.

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Chiara Baxt, Ph.D.

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Deborah Roth Ledley, Ph.D.

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Muniya Khanna, Ph.D.

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Carrie L. Potoff, MSW, LCSW

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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 phone number or email address listed in their therapist profile, 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 main 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 in the Therapist Profiles 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. Baxt, Dr. Khanna and Carrie Potoff’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.

Those not local to the Philadelphia/Western Suburbs area, you may contact your nearest university hospital for an appointment or for recommended providers or visit our partner website at www.CopingCatParents.com for a "Global Network" list of providers in CBT for anxiety and other helpful referral resources and tips on finding an evidence-based treatment provider. ​

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

Making an appointment

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 number or email address provided within the therapist’s profile.

GET STARTED TODAY

Learn about CBT and what you can start doing today to begin the process of change. Here are resources developed by providers from The Children’s and Adult Center who are internationally recognized experts in CBT for anxiety, OCD, and related conditions.

ONLINE PARENT WORKSHOP

Nurturing Courage and Competence Online

In addition to the in-person parent workshop offered a few times a year at the clinic, there is also an online version available for parents who cannot attend, there is now an online version of "Nurturing Courage and Competence: Parenting Your Child with Anxiety." This is a 2-part series. Each video is 45 minutes long and contains voice lecture and power point slides. This is a series you can download and watch on your own time.

Part 1: Understanding and addressing anxiety in kids and teens
Part 2: Tips and how to use strategies in times of difficulty for anxious children

Email Lynne Siqueland for Information

 

ONLINE COURSE: HELPING YOUR ANXIOUS CHILD

Child Anxiety Tales

Interested in getting started before your treatment sessions begin? We are excited to introduce you to a state of the art online evidence-based parent-training program developed by Dr. Phil Kendall and Dr. Muniya Khanna, expert researchers in CBT for anxiety in children and adolescents.

 

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ONLINE CBT FOR KIDS (7-12)

Camp Cope-A-Lot

Camp Cope-A-Lot is 12-module online program designed to teach children (7-12)CBT skills for managing anxiety. The program developed by Dr. Phil Kendall and Dr. Muniya Khanna, expert researchers in CBT for anxiety in children and adolescents, has been tested in numerous NIH funded trials and found to be effective. The program requires the support of a “coach” – provider or parent -to help the child user progress through the program.

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Books for Parents and Kids

Books offer helpful explanations and activities that can give you the information and tools you need to see what you can start doing today to begin the process of change. Here are books written by providers from The Children’s and Adult Center who are internationally recognized experts in CBT for anxiety, OCD, and related conditions. Click on each title to learn more:

 

UPCOMING TRAINING WORKSHOPS

We offer several in-person workshops throughout the year for professionals, educators, students and parents. Several of our workshops offer APA approved CE.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP

Continuing Education Workshops

The Children's and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety is pleased to announce a professional training workshop for psychologists, educators and social workers

Professional Training Workshop

Complex cases in child/adolescent anxiety and OCD: Addressing family factors that facilitate or inhibit treatment outcome

Lynne Siqueland, PhD

October 30th and November 13th
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Evans Hall 327A/B
10 a.m. to 12 p.m

This workshop will focus on examples of complex case presentations in child and adolescent anxiety and OCD. Complexity will be addressed both in clinical presentation (comorbid diagnoses, behavioral issues and parental anxiety or OCD) but also in the importance of incorporating work on parent coaching and family dynamics. The research on family interactional patterns that improve or maintain anxiety will be briefly reviewed. Descriptions of some of the targets of parent only treatments will be provided. Finally, a number of detailed case examples of situations involving both clinical and family complexity will be provided to illustrate problem solving and decision making regarding timing and targets of intervention to improve clinical outcome.

Continuing education credits provided
Contact Lynne Siqueland siqueland@pobox.com for info/registration

We are also available to come to your group or setting to speak or provide workshops. Please contact the therapist you are interested in conducting the workshop to coordinate directly.

Email Lynne Siqueland for information

Location

Address :

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

Dr Ledley sees patients in Narberth, PA, convenient to the Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia
915 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 209
Narberth, PA 19072
Fax: 484-530-0998

 

Directions

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 above). 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.

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.

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.

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

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!