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Pediatric OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders (POCAT) Program

Our Mission

The Pediatric OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders (POCAT) Program at Weill Cornell Medicine provides a team-based approach to treating children and adolescents with state-of-the-art evidence-based practices.  

We provide specialty care across at our Manhattan and Westchester locations, including individual therapy, group therapy, and parenting services. For details on what programs are offered in each location, detailed below. Our programs address each family’s needs, and include both individual and group therapy approaches. In addition, our POCAT provides one of the only Intensive Treatment Programs for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Anxiety in the region.

Services and Programs

*Please note all services (except for inpatient services) are fully virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this website as soon as we return to in-person services.*

Individual Treatment Services (Manhattan)

Weill Cornell Medicine POCAT Team

We provide a range of specialty services for youth struggling with OCD, Anxiety disorders, and Tic disorders. Our services include outpatient weekly therapy, and provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), CBT groups, parent guidance, and medication evaluation and management.

Please note, these services are run through our Physician’s Organization (PO) and take only select insurance plans, including the Weill Cornell Aetna and the NYP Aetna plans. For insurance-based services specifically for OCD, please check out our NYP partner programs below.

Please view the list of our providers, or call 646-962-2820 and ask for the Pediatric OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders (POCAT) Program.

NYP Child and Adolescent Clinic: OCD Track

Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the clinic offers an insurance based OCD track within the Child and Adolescent Clinic that includes weekly individual therapy promoting evidence-based approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Exposure with Response Prevention.

Contact: Abby Bailin, Ph.D. | POCAT@med.cornell.edu | 973-671-8939

Groups and Parenting Services

Parent Services for Children with OCD and Anxiety Disorders: parent-based treatment program for parents of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. 

Contact Rachel Goldman, Ph.D. | POCAT@med.cornell.edu | 646-450-3455 

Intensive Treatment Program (ITP) for OCD and Anxiety (Manhattan)

Intensive Treatment Program for OCD and Anxiety

This program is run through our Physician’s Organization (PO) and takes only select insurance plans, including the Weill Cornell Aetna and the NYP Aetna plans. For insurance based services, please check out our NYP partner programs below.

What is it?
The Intensive Treatment Program (ITP) provides a comprehensive intensive treatment experience consisting of up to ten hours a week of active treatment. The ITP addresses OCD as well as other non-OCD anxiety disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Selective Mutism, and specific phobias.

The goal of the program is to provide short-term intensive treatment to target symptoms using Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) treatment strategies.

Who's it for?
It is appropriate for a broad range of children and teens with moderately to severely impairing symptoms, and their families. 

What does it provide?
Our program provides evaluation, psychoeducation, group therapy, individual sessions and parent sessions. Additionally, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with expertise in this area is available for consultations and medication changes as needed.

How do I contact?

  • Children and Adolescents, ages 7–18 years, with a diagnosis of OCD or other anxiety disorder
  • Contact Avital Falk, PhD at (646) 962-2820 or via email at POCAT@med.cornell.edu

Group Services

CBT and Exposure Group for OCD and Anxiety

This group is offered through the intensive treatment program, but we are happy to partner with outside individual providers to intensify treatment. The group provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills, with a strong focus on Exposure to target OCD and anxiety symptoms. It is intended for children and adolescents with a primary diagnosis of OCD and/or an anxiety disorder.

Parenting Children with OCD and Anxiety Disorders 

Parent-based treatment program for parents of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. Learn evidence-based skills and tools to best support your child.

Positive Parenting Strategies for Young Children

Positive parent based treatment program for parents of toddlers and elementary aged children with anxieties or behavioral difficulties. The group aims to provide parents with evidence-based skills and tools to enhance the parent-child relationship, better understand their child’s difficulties and encourage healthy coping from an early age.

Partial Hospitalization OCD Track (Manhattan)

  • Partial Hospitalization Program: OCD Track

    We offer a fully insuranced based OCD Specialty Track within the Partial Hospitalization Program for children and adolescents with OCD and related anxiety disorders. The goal of the program is to provide short-term intensive treatment to target symptoms to allow for transition back to their community. We work collaboratively to create a personalized aftercare plan that defines strategies for dealing with challenges

    This option is best suited for adolescents, aged 13 to 18, with moderately to severely impairing OCD symptoms who can be treated outside the inpatient setting.

    The program provides:

    • A fully accredited school program in conjunction with therapeutic services for acute stabilization.
    • A team-based approach consisting of up to 15 hours a week of active treatment, including evaluation, psychoeducation, group, individual and family therapy components.
    • One of the only intensive-treatment programs for Pediatric OCD that accepts insurance.
    • Medication assessment and management, as needed.

    Contact: Dr. Abby Bailin | POCAT@med.cornell.edu | 973-671-8939

Inpatient (Westchester)

Adolescent Inpatient Program: OCD Track

Children often face stressful situations such as adjusting to school, social, and family pressures that may result in psychological conditions that cannot be managed in the outpatient setting. NewYork-Presbyterian has inpatient psychiatric units for children and teens to help them cope with difficulties in a secure environment, and our center provides a specialty track for adolescents struggling with OCD.

Tics and Tourette’s Program

Coming soon!

Who We Are

Avital Falk, Ph.D.

Avital Falk, Ph.D.

Psychologist, POCAT Director

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Rachel Goldman, Ph.D.

Rachel Goldman, Ph.D.

POCAT Psychologist

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Abby Bailin, Ph.D.

Abby Bailin, Ph.D.

POCAT Postdoctoral Fellow

Renae Beaumont, Ph.D.

Renae Beaumont, Ph.D.

Psychologist

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Shannon Bennett, Ph.D.

Shannon Bennett, Ph.D.

Psychologist

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Corinne Catarozoli, Ph.D.

Corinne Catarozoli, Ph.D.

Psychologist

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Angela Chiu, Ph.D.

Angela Chiu, Ph.D.

Psychologist

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Pamelynn Esperanza, M.D.

Pamelynn Esperanza, M.D.

Psychiatrist

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Amy Miranda, L.C.S.W.

Amy Miranda, L.C.S.W.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Justin Mohatt, M.D.

Justin Mohatt, M.D.

Psychiatrist

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Michelle Pelcovitz, Ph.D.

Michelle Pelcovitz, Ph.D.

Psychologist

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Stephanie Rohrig, Ph.D.

Stephanie Rohrig, Ph.D.

Psychologist

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Laura Sickles, M.D.

Laura Sickles, M.D.

Psychiatrist

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Andrea Temkin, Psy.D.

Andrea Temkin, Psy.D.

Psychologist

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Locations

Virtual

Currently, our outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs are running virtually. We plan to continue providing both in-person and virtual visits as soon as it is safe to do so.

Weill Cornell Specialty Center (Manhattan)

Services offered here:

  • Outpatient Individual Treatment
  • Outpatient Parent guidance
  • Outpatient Groups
  • Intensive Treatment program for OCD and Anxiety

NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center

Services Offered Here:

  • Outpatient Individual Treatment
  • Outpatient Parent Guidance
  • Partial Hospitalization Program

NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center

Services offered here:

  • Inpatient Services

Contact Us

(646-962-2820) 

Conditions We Treat

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Social Anxiety Disorder
Separation Anxiety Disorder
Specific Phobias
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Panic Disorder
Agoraphobia
Tics and Tourette’s Disorder

Services We Provide

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP)
Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)
Group therapy
Parent guidance
Medication evaluation and management