Dr. Aimee Kotrba and the experienced therapists at Thriving Minds specialize in the expert assessment and treatment of Selective Mutism. Cognitive behavioral therapy, the gold standard for the treatment of Selective Mutism, is used to treat the child both in the office and in natural (community and school) settings. Therapy consists of development of a fear hierarchy, which ranks steps of communication by level of distress. Then, the child is encouraged to take systematic steps through the hierarchy through modeling, stimulus fading, and use of coping strategies. In order to provide a inclusive treatment program, therapists regularly consult with the school and assist with both parents and school personnel in setting up weekly exposures (opportunities to practice being "brave" by facing fears in a methodical way outside of the clinical setting).
Dr. Aimee Kotrba is the owner and lead psychologist of Thriving Minds Behavioral Health, a pediatric psychology clinic dedicated to providing exceptional, research-based behavioral treatment for Selective Mutism and related anxiety issues. Dr. Kotrba is the past President of the Selective Mutism Association (SMA) Board of Directors, and regularly offers local workshops on the identification and treatment of Selective Mutism for parents, professionals, and school personnel. She is a nationally-recognized speaker and expert on the assessment and treatment of Selective Mutism, and is the coauthor of Overcoming Selective Mutism: A Field Guide for Parents as well as the author of Selective Mutism: An Assessment and Intervention Guide for Therapists, Educators, and Parents.
Katelyn Reed, M.S. - Director of Selective Mutism Services
Katelyn is a limited Licensed Psychologist and the Selective Mutism Program Director at Thriving Minds Family Services, located in Chelsea, MI. She completed her Master's degree in Clinical Behavioral Psychology at Eastern Michigan University where she focused on evidence-based behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions for children and adolescents. Through her work with Thriving Minds, Katelyn specializes in treating children with Selective Mutism via traditional weekly therapy, intensive therapy (ie. 15-20 hours of treatment in one week), and group therapy models. Katelyn is also the Assistant Director for Confident Kids Camp, an intensive week-long treatment program for children with Selective Mutism. Katelyn has been a professional member of the Selective Mutism Association since 2013 and joined the SMA Board of Directors in 2017, where she works with professionals and parents from around the country to promote greater awareness of Selective Mutism, support research endeavors to enhance clinical knowledge, and connect families with effective evidenced-based treatment providers.
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Thriving Minds Behavioral Health is proud to be part of this upcoming documentary by UNI Film Productions- Selective Mutism: Documentary in Production. We encourage you to watch this short trailer to learn more.
Thriving Minds Family Services
350 North Main St, Ste 220
Chelsea, MI 48118
Thriving Minds Behavioral Health
10524 East Grand River, Suite 100
Brighton, MI 48116
Phone: (810) 225-3417
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