Aimee Kotrba, PhD and Katelyn Reed, MS discuss the symptom presentation of selective mutism in teens and young adults, the overlap of selective mutism and social anxiety, and assessment and treatment strategies for addressing their co-occurrence in an adolescent population. This clinical education webinar was cohosted on January 12, 2024 by the National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC) and the NSAC-led Social Anxiety Special Interest Group of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

Dr. Aimee Kotrba, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in evidence-based intervention for anxiety and behavioral issues in children and adolescents. She is the owner of Thriving Minds, a Michigan-based psychology clinic, an adjunct faculty member at Michigan State University’s graduate program in educational psychology, and she directs the Neonatal Developmental Clinic at St. Joes Hospital. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in the identification and treatment of selective mutism, and she has authored multiple books on the topic, including: Overcoming Selective Mutism: The Parent’s Field Guide; and most recently, Selective Mutism: An Assessment and Intervention Guide for Therapists, Revised and Updated Edition.

Katelyn Reed, MS, LLP completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Behavioral Psychology at Eastern Michigan University. She specializes in providing evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatments for youth with anxiety, depression, and disruptive behaviors. She has worked at Thriving Minds since 2013, where she serves as the Assistant Director for Confident Kids Camp, an intensive week-long treatment program for children with Selective Mutism. Most recently, she co-authored a revised edition of Selective Mutism: An Assessment and Intervention Guide for Therapists, Educators, and Parents with Dr. Kotrba.


Our workshops and webinars are offered as an educational resource for
mental health professionals who are already familiar with cognitive and behavioral therapies.
These resources alone do not suffice as adequate training
to conduct cognitive and behavioral therapies
for those with social anxiety and related problems.