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Dr. Taylor is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, social anxiety, and PTSD as well as related conditions including major depression, substance use disorders, and insomnia. She believes strongly in the use of evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based behavioral interventions (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). Her approach to therapy involves helping patients to formulate treatment goals around their values, understand and manage negative emotions, and build skills to tolerate and decrease anxiety. She approaches each patient by planning theoretically-based interventions that are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. She provides comprehensive assessment and diagnosis followed most typically by weekly therapy sessions.
Dr. Taylor received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University where she was mentored by Richard G. Heimberg, a national expert in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of social anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder. She was also trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD by Jonathan Grayson, a co-founder of the AOTCP and leader in the field of OCD treatment. She conducted her predoctoral internship at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received expert mentorship from Aaron T. Beck, the founder of Cognitive Therapy, and his colleagues. Dr. Taylor’s research has focused on cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders and dissemination of CBT in the community. She has co-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters on the treatment of anxiety disorders.
Leanne Magee, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized experience in the treatment of adults with anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. She also has experience working with individuals experiencing appearance-based distress and body image disturbance, as well as those coping with stress related to health and associated medical procedures and impact on quality of life. Her approach to treatment involves collaborative goal setting with patients to determine areas for intervention and the use of evidence-based treatment methods tailored to each individual. Weekly therapy sessions are geared toward helping individuals more effectively manage their distressing symptoms and improve their daily functioning across a number of domains (e.g., social relationships, family functioning, occupational functioning) to enhance their overall quality of life.
Dr. Magee received her MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University, where she studied as part of the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple under the mentorship of Dr. Rick Heimberg, a renowned specialist in adult anxiety disorders. She completed an APA-approved predoctoral internship at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, where she received specialized training in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder as well as rehabilitation from traumatic injury. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology, specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery for craniofacial conditions at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to her outpatient therapy work with adults, she also works at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with children and families seeking surgical treatment for congenital and acquired appearance differences.
Dr. Magee has presented her clinical and research work at national and international conferences, and has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications and book chapters about such topics as the treatment of social anxiety disorder, body image, and cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Magee is available for consultation with psychiatrists, physicians, and legal professionals in matters related to patient care.
Courtney Benjamin Wolk, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) of child and adolescent anxiety disorders. She treats children and teens with generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder/shyness, separation anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, selective mutism, and specific phobias. Dr. Wolk also has experience working with youth with co-occurring depression, ADHD, sleep disturbances, and behavioral problems when anxiety is the primary presenting concern.
Dr. Wolk typically provides weekly therapy, depending on the needs of the child, and has after-school/evening hours. She works closely with parents and caregivers and consults with other professionals, including school personnel and psychiatrists, whenever appropriate. Dr. Wolk is also available to consult with other professionals on the cognitive-behavioral treatment of youth anxiety.
She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Temple University. At Temple she was mentored by Dr. Philip C. Kendall, an internationally renowned expert in CBT for child anxiety. She completed an APA-accredited internship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Psychopathology Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wolk is credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
Dr. Wolk’s clinical and research interests center around the development, evaluation, and dissemination of cognitive-behavioral treatments for child and adolescent anxiety. She has coauthored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters about CBT for child anxiety disorders. Dr. Wolk is also a co-author, with Dr. Philip Kendall and colleagues, of Brief Coping Cat: a therapist manual for the brief cognitive-behavioral treatment of childhood anxiety.
Dr. Gordon is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders including social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and obsessive/compulsive disorders. She integrates a variety of evidence-based techniques into her work with patients, drawing from cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, interpersonal, and compassion-focused approaches. She strives to help patients attain greater flexibility in the choices they make and tends to pay a lot of attention to how social relationships affect overall well-being and health.
Dr. Gordon received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University under the mentorship of Richard G. Heimberg, a pioneer in the development of cognitive behavioral treatment for social anxiety disorder. She completed her predoctoral internship at Friends Hospital in 2013. She has practiced in a range of clinical settings including inpatient, community health, and group practice.
Dr. Gordon is on faculty at Haverford College where she teaches courses on psychology, evolutionary and comparative psychology, and human sexuality. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as authored book chapters and other materials on topics ranging from interpersonal processes in anxiety disorders to wildlife conservation (a long-standing interest of hers).
Dr. Bruce is a post-doctoral clinician specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders including social anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and generalized anxiety. She believes strongly that treatment should be evidence-based, and flexibly tailored to meet the unique needs of the individual. She primarily uses cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and acceptance-based approaches to help patients live a full and meaningful life. She provides comprehensive assessment, typically followed by weekly therapy sessions.
Dr. Bruce received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University under the mentorship of Richard G. Heimberg, an internationally renowned expert in the treatment of social anxiety disorder. She completed her predoctoral internship at the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia. She has practiced in a range of clinical settings, including anxiety specialty, college counseling, and community mental health practices. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as authored book chapters on anxiety assessment and treatment. Dr. Bruce is in the final stages of her training, and is supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist while completing clinical work required for independent licensure.
The Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Philadelphia was co-founded by Jonathan Grayson, Tejal Jakatdar, Harold Kirby, and Cathy Grayson in 2010. The founders of the AOTCP built a reputation of excellence in providing evidence-based treatments to individuals suffering from anxiety disorders in the Philadelphia region. Dr. Grayson and Dr. Jakatdar have each relocated and currently provide similar treatment services in Los Angeles (Dr. Grayson) and San Francisco (Dr. Jakatdar). Their legacy lives on in spirit at the AOTCP.
Link to Dr. Grayson’s blog: http://laocdtreatment.com/blog/
Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is co-founder of the Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Philadelphia and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Temple University Medical School. For more than 30 years he has been specializing in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: a Personalized Recovery Program for Living with Uncertainty, a self-help guide for sufferers. In October of 2010, the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies gave his book, Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the Self Help Book of Merit Award, recognizing his book as providing sufferers with the highest level of information about the best practices treatment for OCD. Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and has written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences, including two manual/ videotape sets made for the OC Foundation (The GOAL Handbook: Running a Successful Support Group for OCD and How to Recognize and Respond to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in School Age Children). His work and expertise has been featured in national media including, People Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Nightline. He serves on both the Scientific Advisory Board and the Speakers Bureau of the OC Foundation. In 1981, along with Gayle Frankel (the former president of the Philadelphia Affiliate of the OC Foundation), he started the first support group in the country for OCD, to which he still donates his time. On July 17, 2010 the International OCD Foundation awarded Dr Grayson the Patty Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award for his devotion and contributions to the treatment of those with OCD. Finally, he has the distinction of being the first and possibly the only professional to run a yearly OCD camping trip.
Tejal A. Jakatdar, Ph.D. specializes in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Specific Phobias. Dr. Jakatdar’s clinical philosophy encompasses treating the person as a whole and not just as a sum of the parts or symptoms. She uses an integrative combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy including Mindfulness strategies for treating anxiety disorders and depression. Dr. Jakatdar has specialized in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and psychodynamic approaches. Dr. Jakatdar is originally from India and has studied acculturation in anxiety disorders in Indian populations. She is sensitive to cultural issues when devising treatment interventions with clients of different ethnicities. Dr. Jakatdar’s research has been published in peer reviewed journals and she has written a book chapter on treating social anxiety disorder. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences and given talks for professional and lay audiences. http://www.norcalanxietyocd.com/