Carrie Thornton, Psy.D.

Carrie Thornton, Psy.D.

Dr. Carrie Thornton joins the CBT Center team as a Postdoctoral Fellow.  She earned her Doctoral degree from Widener University.  During her graduate school training, she fulfilled requirements for not only the Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapy concentration, but also the Forensic Psychology distinction.  


Dr. Thornton utilities evidence-based treatments such as Acceptance as Commitment Therapy (ACT), Habit Reversal Training (HRT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).  She also leans heavily on family systems theories in order to understand the family system needs.  Dr. Thornton has a particular passion for working with people from minority or marginalized communities.  


Dr. Thornton has treated a variety of anxiety and related disorders including Panic Disorder (PD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), and body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB).  In addition, she has worked with numerous other presenting problems including depression, trauma, adjustment difficulties, substance use, conduct problems, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). During Dr. Thornton’s training she has engaged in an extensive and diverse array of clinical experiences and worked with many issues impacting families.


Carrie is an empathic, hard-working, and well-rounded clinician with a passion for helping families and children work through challenges.  She goes the extra mile to develop a rich understanding of each individual client, and works to collaborate with the client to deliver treatment that best targets the client’s needs.  In her free time, Carrie enjoys trying out new recipes, walking dogs, and traveling to new places.  She will almost always have a restaurant or recipe suggestion for you!



  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Widener University, Chester, PA
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Widener University, Chester, PA
  • B.A. in Psychology, Duke University, Durham, NC



  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: CBT Center for Anxiety & OCD
  • Predoctoral Internship Rotations: Crossroads Treatment Center (CTC) & Delaware Prevention and Behavioral Health Services (DPBHS)
  • Predoctoral Practicum Rotations: Academia Antonio Alonso Charter School; the Veteran Affairs Medical Center of Wilmington, DE; & Community Education Centers (now called The GEO Group)
  • Externship: CBT Center for Anxiety and OCD
  • Externship: psychological evaluator with Harris Finkelstein, PhD Private Practice
  • Externship: Cooper Learning Center (Cooper Health Medical Offices, Testing Center), Voorhees, NJ


Doctoral Dissertation:

  • An examination of bias against parenting in lower income families during the evaluation of parenting capacity for parents with children in the foster care system