Katharina Kircanski, PhD

( she/her/hers )



Northern Virginia

Ages Treated

Children, Adolescents & Adults

Practice Philosophy:

Dr. Kircanski works with children, adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety, OCD, irritability or depression. Warm and empathic, she is sensitive to each patient’s unique needs as she develops goal-oriented treatment plans that make a difference in daily life. She helps patients understand their symptoms and develop new insights into how therapy can improve their lives. Patients find her to be collaborative and dynamic as she encourages them to try new behaviors and alternative ways of thinking that more effectively manage emotions. Children and adults learn to build long-lasting changes and internalize skills and tools that they can draw on in the future, even after therapy has completed. When working with children and teens, she tailors treatment to a child’s developmental level, using language, concepts, and exercises that are as creative and fun as possible to build rapport and facilitate progress. Parents and families are involved in treatment, when appropriate, and taught skills to support their child’s growth.

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Kircanski specializes in treating anxiety disorders, OCD, depression and pediatric irritability in children, adolescents and adults. With extensive training in exposure therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) more broadly, she effectively utilizes evidence-based treatment to minimize symptoms and facilitate change. She uses CBT to help patients with generalized anxiety, social anxiety, separation anxiety and phobias reduce symptoms and improve their ability to function at home, school, work, and socially. She brings a wealth of knowledge of the comorbidity of anxiety and mood disorders, gained through an extensive background in research studying the mechanisms of anxiety and mood disorders on the brain.

Experience and Training:

Dr. Kircanski completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her clinical internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stanford Neurodevelopment, Affect, and Psychopathology Laboratory and also at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Her in-depth training focused on assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders across the lifespan, as well as child and adolescent psychopathology, anxiety disorders and OCD. She values ongoing engagement in research and continuing education to stay abreast of the latest findings and most effective treatment to enhance patient’s lives.

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