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Aureen Wagner, Ph.D.

Aureen Wagner, Ph.D.

Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D. is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Director of The Anxiety Wellness Center in Cary, North Carolina, and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation.  She is a clinical child psychologist and expert in childhood anxiety. Dr. Wagner is widely recognized for her unique Worry Hill approach to making CBT accessible to youngsters. She is a highly engaging and sought-after speaker whose workshops consistently receive outstanding reviews. Dr. Wagner is the author of several books and professional resources including, Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children; Worried No More: Teaching Tools and Forms on CD; Treatment of OCD in Children and Adolescents: A Professional’s Kit, Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children’s Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and its Treatment, and What to do when your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions.



“Highly engaging and extremely knowledgeable in the area of CBT and kids with anxiety.
– Nicole (Educator) | Oakville, ON | October 29 & 30, 2014

“I found the examples very helpful. I very much enjoyed the two days and feel better prepared to assist the students at my school.

– Oakville, ON | October 29 & 30, 2014


“Very practical. I will use this information in practice – my confidence doing CBT with children and adolescents has greatly increased.”
– Oakville, ON | October 29 & 30, 2014

“A fantastic two day workshop – extremely informative with a great balance of theory and practical application strategies. Thank you!
– Oakville, ON | October 29 & 30, 2014


“I really enjoyed this two-day workshop. Dr. Wagner is very knowledgeable and equally able to clearly relate concepts to the audience. Her presentation style was very relaxed, and she uses humour and gives great clinical examples. I would highly recommend this workshop to others.”
– Leslie (Psychologist) | Oakville, ON
 | October 29 & 30, 2014

“Not only is she incredibly clinically knowledgeable, but her ability to articulate concepts and word mastery is so refreshing.

– Oakville, ON | October 29 & 30, 2014


“Very informative! Dr. Wagner was very resourceful and knowledgeable. She did an excellent job at keeping the group engaged. As a school professional, I feel more prepared for dealing with children with anxiety.”
– Lindsey (Child & Youth Worker) | Oakville, ON | October 29 & 30, 2014

“This speaker has provided excellent knowledge and experience in her field. Looking forward to utilizing strategies within my work.

– Oakville, ON | October 29 & 30, 2014


“Excellent session. Very knowledgeable instructor. Organized, clear, efficient!”
– Ottawa, ON | October 27 & 28, 2014

“Excellent presentation – well prepared and well delivered. Relevant handouts. Workshop followed the handouts, making it easy to understand and process the information. I would be happy to attend other workshops with Dr. Wagner!”
– Ottawa, ON | October 27 & 28, 2014


“Practical strategies that I can use with my students and their families to support their challenges in handling anxiety. Dr. Wagner has provided me with tools to help kids with they anxiety so that we can get through the academics together.”
– Ottawa, ON | October 27 & 28, 2014


“Thank you very much! This was enlightening! In particular, it will benefit me as a classroom teacher when dealing with anxiety-driven teens. The strategies for speaking out loud in class – and being comfortable with it – were excellent!”
– Ottawa, ON | October 27 & 28, 2014


“As a special education teacher, I will be using Dr. Wagner’s methods to help students cope in a classroom. The book ‘Up and Down the Worry Hill’ will be shared with my colleagues (the counselors and fellow teachers) to help us all gain insight as to what our roles can be, rather than feeling completely helpless!”
– Ottawa, ON | October 27 & 28, 2014


“Practical strategies that I can use with my students and their families to support their challenges in handling anxiety. Dr. Wagner has provided me with tools to help kids with they anxiety so that we can get through the academics together.”

– Ottawa, ON | October 27 & 28, 2014



Testimonials from School Professionals

Super, super, great workshop!

Very practical—I can use these ideas tomorrow.

Dr. Wagner was informative, funny and down to earth.

Excellent—thorough in a short amount of time—great practical strategies.

Very helpful because the speaker offered so many specific ideas.

It gave me new perspectives and insights, I found myself relating ideas to individuals in my life, my school and even myself.

Excellent. By far the best presentation I’ve attended at this conference.

Very insightful. Good use of examples and real-life scenarios.

Well organized, presenter very knowledgeable, well-spoken. Provided several useful, relevant anecdotes and examples of strategies.

Dr. Wagner is very approachable; answered everyone’s questions and very articulate, very experienced in her field.

One of the best workshops I’ve ever attended.

I do not as a rule, care for “workshops.” Today was exceptional! I hope Dr. Wagner will return to present to us again.

Excellent. I was constantly connecting this information to some of my students. Thank you!

My anxiety has been decreased by understanding how to work with anxious youngsters!

It was so engaging and interesting due to Aureen’s passion and expertise.

Excellent—one of the most valuable programs I have attended.

What a privilege to have met you and know we have such a valuable resource locally.

This was excellent and has helped me look at students with a different perspective, along with practical ideas that are easy to implement.

100% of this workshop was helpful to me! 


Testimonials from Clinicians

Dr. Wagner was extremely well prepared, articulate and organized. Her materials were excellent.

Very organized, “real world” applicability. The feel was unexpectedly terrific.

I really liked the quality and pace of the workshop: A lot of information presenting in an interesting, well-organized way.

I love the Worry Hill metaphor and the whole treatment approach.

This was excellent! Please, can we have a full day (or more if needed) course by Dr. Wagner to train CBT practitioners to work with children with CBT.

Very informative and useful, especially the explanation of CBT and the Worry Hill idea.

Excellent presenter. I learned how to develop specific hierarchies for OCD and anxiety.

The workshop was wonderfully complete and detailed. It was a great learning experience.

The workshop was great. I would definitely take an advanced workshop with Dr. Wagner.

An excellent speaker, very knowledgeable. I liked the video clips—helpful way to learn.

Well organized, informative, met goals, use of video clips—Dr. Wagner was a very good presenter!

Dr. Wagner’s skill and knowledge were terrific. She clearly knew the material and made things very interesting as well.

The level of the presentation was described accurately in the brochure and maintained very well in the workshop. Dr. Wagner was superb, expert, prepared and accessible.


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