Selective Mutism Treatment

Helping parents empower children into freedom
from the “prison of silence” since 1978


“The Berent Method teaches parents to nurture children through the insidious, complex, and ingrained avoidance-dependence-anxiety dynamic”.

Treatment Available Worldwide Via Telephone or Skype

also in our Great Neck Office

Selective mutism is a specific example of social phobia and a variation of obsessive compulsive disorder. The Berent Method of treatment is parent focused. The treatment goal is resolution of the core issue; therefore, therapy integrates technique with core work. You can access treatment from anywhere by telephone or Skype. (read more)

Interviews with Patients who have resolved Selective Mutism

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Selective Mutism Creates Dating Challenge for High Functioning Female with Social Anxiety

“Debbie” is a 24 year old athletic blond with hundreds of young men pursuing her on a dating site. She is currently getting her Masters in Special Education. Her mother initiated treatment after Debbie experienced a stress breakdown at the beginning of graduate school. Because of the anxiety episode Debbie withdrew from school for a […]

“Cross Training” for the Resolution of Selective Mutism

At age 56, I have been exercising for most of my life; primarily a healthy obsession with aerobic activity. I recently hired a trainer. I told him that my objective was to be able to play basketball a couple of times a week without back and knee pain. Three months later, after a regimen of […]

Toward a Resolution of Selective Mutism: Understanding Obsessive Compulsive “Syndrome”

Toward a Resolution of Selective Mutism: Understanding Obsessive Compulsive “Syndrome” It’s relatively easy to identify the child immersed in a world of verbal inhibition and shutdown. Think about it. The more the child is mute, the more the child stands out in any social environment. This objective reality is in opposition to the child’s belief […]

The Ten Key Points To Know About Selective Mutism

Selective mutism is a social anxiety disorder characterized by not speaking to specific people or in specific venues. It is a specific variation of obsessive compulsive disorder. “Obsessive” refers to the conscious and non-conscious worrying. “Compulsive” refers to the verbal shutdown. The problem varies in degrees of severity. In addition to children many adolescents and […]

Mental Health Issues for the Selective Mutism Child Within School Setting

  This is a complex subject about which I can write extensively. My objective with this article is to identify, and begin to organize, mental health issues for the Selective Mutism child within academic environments. “My child is normal at home. It’s school that’s the problem!” When a teacher tells parents that a child doesn’t […]

A Child’s Silent Scream: Selective Mutism

Mikey age 7, an intellectually gifted child, never spoke in school. The school recommended speech therapy. This proved useless as the problem was selective mutism, which is a very specific form of social and performance anxiety. Ashley’s mother hoped that she would be able to overcome her shyness in kindergarten. When summoned to the school […]

Selective Mutism: Clinical Issues for School Personnel

Jonathan Berent, L.C.S.W This “tip of the month” is in response to the countless inquiries I receive from well-intentioned school personnel who contact me regarding their concerns about selectively mute students. The content here is based on my clinical experience since 1978 with individuals of all ages who suffered from social anxiety in general, as […]

The Public Speaking Anxiety Disorder-Selective Mutism Paradigm

Jonathan Berent, L.C.S.W. A fascinating dynamic is the reality that there are so many intelligent, highly achieving, successful adults who strive for perfection so obsessively that they have serious problems with the performance anxiety of public speaking. In fact, fear of public speaking is the #1 phobia in the world! Concurrently, there are so many […]

Thoughts about Adult Selective Mutism by Jonathan Berent

Charles (not real name) age 42; father of two, software programmer, was in the basement of his home working when his wife came downstairs to engage him in a conversation regarding her anger toward his mother for not sending their children birthday cards. Charles did not respond. His wife stormed upstairs furious again that her […]

Adolescent Selective Mutism Resolved

The older the child, the more that selective mutism becomes ingrained into the personality and lifestyle. It can evolve into a developmental challenge as many aspects of maturation are impacted. In this case avoidant personality disorder was in full swing concurrent with an underlying depression. This was driven by social anxiety. In this case, the […]

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Self-Help & Treatment Options

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  2. “Social Anxiety the Untold Story”: Comprehensive Self-Help for Sufferers and Families
  3. The book, “Beyond Shyness: How to Conquer Social Anxieties” (Simon & Schuster)
  4. The book, “Work Makes Me Nervous: Self-Help for Performance Anxiety (Wiley and Sons)
  5. Comprehensive self-therapy audio CD program for social and performance anxiety
  6. Public Speaking Anxiety: Self Therapy Audio CD Program
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  10. “Parenting The Selectively Mute Child”: Self-therapy Audio CD Program
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