Gunderson Residence

Helping women with personality disorders build rewarding lives



Where is the Gunderson Residence located?

The program is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.

Who benefits most from the Gunderson Residence?

Our residential program focuses on treating women with personality disorders, including those whose borderline personality disorder is complicated by other psychiatric illnesses.

Is family involved in treatment?

Family members, most commonly parents and/or spouses, will be assigned to work with a family therapist weekly or every other week, in person or over the phone. Additionally, we provide web-based family psychoeducation seminars.

Is smoking permitted?

Our program is non-smoking. No e-cigarettes are allowed.

When are visiting hours?

Privileges for visitation will be determined by each resident’s clinical team and will require permission in advance. Visitation is not allowed during clinical hours or community activities.

Are cell phones and other electronics allowed?

Residents are allowed to hold and use their cell phones and computers, except during treatment, with some guidelines to prevent disruption of the program and other residents. Photos are not allowed. Devices may be confiscated if not used appropriately.

Is the resident’s stay at the program kept private?

Privacy is of the utmost importance to the Gunderson Residence and we ensure confidentiality through our highly trained, professional and discreet staff. No third party, whether known to the resident or not, has access to medical records, health information, or any information about a resident’s stay without prior, written authorization from the resident.

Are support and educational resources available?

From helpful online resources to self-help groups and more, McLean Hospital is committed to providing support and mental health education to aid patients and families on the path to recovery.

At the Gunderson Residence, we hold private, weekly webinars for family members to help educate them, provide regular patient updates, and address concerns and questions they may have. McLean’s Borderline Personality Disorder Patient and Family Education Initiative also provides interactive and on-demand resources such as educational webinars to support individuals and families affected by BPD.

Is aftercare planning a part of the program?

The treatment team works closely with the individual as well as with family, significant friends, and outside providers to develop a personalized aftercare plan. Recommendations by staff are made based upon clinical needs, progress made during treatment, and long-term treatment goals.

Can former residents access their medical records?

All requests for medical records should be directed to McLean's Health Information Management Department.

Are support groups offered?

To complement our programs’ services and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own treatment course, many self-help groups are hosted by McLean.

Does McLean gather patient feedback?

McLean is dedicated to maintaining high-quality and effective patient care. To ensure that those standards remain at the highest level, we utilize a number of feedback instruments and quality indicators. Among these tools are the Perceptions of Care survey which monitors patient satisfaction and BASIS-24™, a psychiatric outcomes measurement tool created at McLean and widely used in the US and around the world, which delivers feedback on the patient care experience.