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Division of Women’s Mental Health

Gunderson Outpatient Program

The Gunderson Outpatient Program (GOP) offers treatment for individuals ages 18 and older with severe personality disorders including borderline personality disorder as well as co-occurring psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, and substance use disorders. We offer specialized outpatient care with an emphasis on skill building, while working towards patient self-reliance and establishing occupational, academic, and social opportunities in the community.

For more information or to make a referral, please call 617.855.3452.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) affects approximately 20 percent of people who are admitted to psychiatric hospitals and about 15 to 20 percent of people who seek outpatient mental health care. It is a complex mental illness marked by unstable moods, behaviors, and relationships. People with BPD and other personality disorders may struggle with self-image problems, feelings of self-doubt, intense fear of abandonment, and low self-worth. They often have trouble controlling their emotional reactions, which can lead to self-harm and suicidal behaviors.

Best suited to those who are seeking treatment for core issues related to personality disorders such as emotion dysregulation, self-harm, suicidality, and relationship difficulties, the GOP requires an initial six-month treatment period, though ultimately length of care is determined by each client’s unique clinical needs. While most of our fees are self-pay, several of our services may be covered by insurance.

Our program strives to develop effective treatment approaches for individuals who struggle with narcissistic, antisocial, histrionic, paranoid, avoidant, dependent and obsessive compulsive personality traits. By focusing on creating treatment plans to meet the specific needs of the individual, our expert staff combine different aspects of an array of therapies to provide patients with the structure needed to enact change in their lives. As a part of McLean’s Division of Women’s Mental Health, the program’s state of the art treatment methods benefit from clinical research conducted at McLean.

“This program helped me learn how to accept, understand, and express my emotions. The emphasis on community and group work allowed me to benefit from the wisdom and support of other patients. The Gunderson Outpatient Program saved my life.”– Former patient

Treatment includes diagnostic assessment, individual and group therapy, medication management, family evaluation and involvement, case management, ongoing treatment review, and treatment modalities such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mentalization-based treatment (MBT), and general psychiatric management (GPM)—an empirically validated therapy developed by John G. Gunderson, MD, founder of McLean’s Borderline Center.

A patient’s family and friends often play a major role in recovery and long-term success. Family members, most commonly parents and/or partners, are involved in the patient’s care and are assigned to work with a therapist. The GOP also offers support and education targeted at helping families and friends.

The Gunderson Outpatient Program is located within the Adult Outpatient Services in the Service Building on McLean’s historic campus in Belmont, Massachusetts, offering a pleasant and peaceful environment that is conducive to helping patients focus on their treatment.