dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) programs for adolescents and young adults

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Treatment Team

Program Leadership

Janna Hobbs, LICSWJanna Hobbs, LICSW, Director of Clinical Services, 3East Continuum

Ms. Hobbs has extensive clinical and administrative experience in the treatment of adolescents, adults, and families. She has held numerous leadership positions on inpatient units and community residence programs, giving her experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of disorders. Ms. Hobbs primary interests include DBT, milieu treatment, and parent guidance.;

Michael R. Hollander, PhDMichael R. Hollander, PhD, Director of Training, 3East Continuum

A nationally recognized expert on the causation and treatment of self-injury, Dr. Hollander travels extensively to lectures and to train clinicians in DBT. He has held numerous positions of clinical leadership at McLean and has treated adolescents and their families for over 40 years.

Gillian Galen, PsyDGillian C. Galen, PsyD, Program Director, 3East Girls Intensive and Step-Down Programs

Dr. Galen is a senior child and adolescent psychologist specializing in DBT. She has extensive experience diagnosing and treating adolescents and young adults who struggle with emotion dysregulation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-endangering behaviors such as self-injury and suicidal behaviors. She has worked closely with Dr. Michael Hollander to develop and run the clinical training program at 3East.

Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD

Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD, Program Director, 3East Boys Intensive Program

Dr. Fruzetti is the director of Family Services within the 3East Continuum at McLean Hospital and an internationally recognized clinician, researcher, and trainer in the areas of DBT, validation, and couples therapy. He has developed multiple successful DBT programs for various clinical populations and families and has authored more than 100 research and clinical papers and book chapters.

Blaise Aguirre, MDBlaise Aguirre, MD, Medical Director, 3East Girls Intensive and Step-Down Programs

Dr. Aguirre is an expert in child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and medication evaluation and management. He is nationally and internationally recognized for his extensive work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders in adolescents. Dr. Aguirre is the author of several books and lectures regularly in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East on borderline personality disorder and DBT.

John M. Teal Jr., MDJohn M. Teal Jr., MD, Medical Director, 3East Boys Intensive Program

Dr. Teal has a long standing clinical interest in human behavior, specifically disorders of the personality. His clinical work focuses on the application of behavioral models of the mind in emerging borderline personality disorder in young men along with a more broad application of psychoanalytic models in men and women with neurotic conditions.

Judith Mintz, PhDJudith Mintz, PhD, Director of Clinical Services, 3East Girls Intensive and Step-Down Programs

As a psychologist and director of clinical services at 3East since the program opened in 2007, Dr. Mintz has developed a specialization in treating young women and girls who experience emotional dysregulation, self-harm, and suicidal behaviors. She has extensive training and experience using several treatment modalities including DBT, family therapy, and treatments for traumatized children.

Benjamin Banister, PsyDBenjamin J. Banister, PsyD, Program Director, 3East Cambridge Residence

Dr. Banister is a clinical psychologist and an instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. While he has experience working with the full scope of mental health issues, his focus is in the treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, and emotional dysregulation.

blankSigalit Hoffman, MD, Medical Director, 3East Cambridge Residence

Dr. Hoffman is trained in trauma and related disorders and was previously medical director of the Tufts branch of the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Advocacy Program (MCPAP). At McLean, Dr. Hoffman has been an attending psychiatrist at the Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Inpatient Program and helped to establish the McLean school consultation service. Currently, she is also a psychiatrist at the 3East Outpatient Clinic.

Peggy Worden, PsyDPeggy Worden, PsyD, Program and Clinical Director, 3East Partial Hospital Program

Dr. Worden is a senior child and adolescent psychologist with 15 years of experience treating adolescents, children, and families. From 2000 to 2009, Dr. Worden was the clinical director of McLean’s Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment Program dual diagnosis unit. In 2009, she partnered with Dr. Michael Hollander and created the 3East Partial Hospital Program.

Julie Van der Feen, MDCMJulie Van der Feen, MDCM, Medical Director, 3East Partial Hospital Program

Dr. Van der Feen is a senior child and adolescent psychiatrist with 20 years of experience treating adults, adolescents, and children. Her clinical focus is on treating children and adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, personality disorders, substance use disorders, developmental disorders, and learning differences, as well as children coping with chronic medical illness.

Alison M. Yaeger, PsyDAlison M. Yaeger, PsyD, Program Director, 3East Outpatient Clinic

Dr. Yaeger received her PsyD from Yeshiva University in Bronx, New York. While training at Montefiore Medical Center she became interested in borderline personality disorder in adolescence and the correlation this personality style shares with chronic suicidal ideation and self-harming behaviors. Dr. Yaeger specializes in DBT, particularly in the treatment of adolescents and young adults. She has extensive experience treating and supervising the care of high-risk, multi-problem adolescents.

Cynthia S. Kaplan, PhDCynthia S. Kaplan, PhD, Senior Consultant

For over two decades, Dr. Kaplan has focused her clinical work on issues involving trauma and has worked with patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She is editor of a book entitled Helping Your Troubled Teen and co-author of several scholarly articles. Dr. Kaplan speaks locally and around the country on the issue of how to address and design targeted treatments for adolescents with mood and stress-related disorders.

Staff and Associates

The 3East staff consists of compassionate, multidisciplinary clinicians who have chosen to specialize in working with teenagers and young adults and have extensive experience in teaching DBT skills to individuals with emerging traits of borderline personality disorder and other complex psychiatric diagnoses. Our clinicians have extensive experience working with patients from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds from across the country and around the world.

We take the time to get to know our patients and pride ourselves on the highly specialized and effective treatment we provide to address the varying and often challenging problems presented by this population. Collaborating with family, community-based clinicians, schools, and social service agencies, we work to establish realistic treatment goals and aftercare planning for each adolescent or young adult.

The 3East programs operate within the Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, led by Joseph Gold, MD.

Books by 3East Authors

McLean Hospital faculty have penned more than 50 books in recent years, including several titles by members of the 3East staff.