Katherine M. Dryden, Ph.D.

Kate Dryden, Ph.D.Katherine M. Dryden, Ph.D.

Katherine M. Dryden, Ph.D. has been practicing at Grew, Morter, & Hartye since 2007. Dr. Dryden works with toddlers, children, adolescents, and their families. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her interests also include the assessment of childhood social and emotional functioning, early childhood development, and the assessment/treatment of developmental disorders, anxiety, and ADHD in children and adolescents. She provides Early Kindergarten Evaluations, IQ and Academic Achievement testing for children and adolescents, and developmental screenings for toddlers and children. Dr. Dryden also provides individual therapy for children and adolescents as part of the parent-child model at Grew, Morter, & Hartye.

Dr. Dryden develops and leads Social Skills Groups for children and adolescents. The specific skills taught in each group are age-appropriate and focus on increasing positive patterns of communication, cooperative interaction with peers, friendship management, emotion regulation, anger and conflict management, and increasing empathy and understanding. Dr. Dryden also leads DBT groups for older adolescents and young adults focusing on the skills of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.

Treatment Philosophy

Dr. Dryden's theoretical perspective when working with children and adolescents is derived from a strengths-based approach. This approach emphasizes a person’s special abilities and resilience, as opposed to areas of weakness. Dr. Dryden draws upon this strengths-based philosophy during developmental and educational evaluations. She also draws from an ecological and family systems approach to treatment, which considers a child's development in relation to broader family and community contexts. Dr. Dryden provides a cognitive behavioral approach to individual and group therapy with children and adolescents. Dr. Dryden is trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) for intervention with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is also trained and certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with children and families, as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adolescents and young adults.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Psychological Association - Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology)
  • North Carolina Psychological Association
  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina
  • M.A., University of South Carolina
  • B.A., Davidson College
  • Clinical Psychology Internship, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Specialty training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), and Trauma-Focused CBT
  • Licensed Psychologist, State of North Carolina. License Number: 3602

Services Offered:


  • Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents
  • ADHD

Confidential Voicemail:

(919) 990-1745


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