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Blaise Aguirre, MD

Blaise Aguirre, MD

McLean Hospital Title:
Harvard Medical School Title:
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Blaise Aguirre, MD, is an expert in child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and medication evaluation and management. He is the founding medical director of 3East Girls Intensive and Step-Down Programs, unique, residential DBT programs for young women exhibiting self-endangering behaviors and borderline personality disorder (BPD) traits. Dr. Aguirre has been a staff psychiatrist at McLean Hospital since 2000 and is nationally and internationally recognized for his extensive work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders in adolescents. He lectures regularly in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East on BPD and DBT.

Dr. Aguirre is the author of Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Coping When Your Adolescent Has BPD and Depression (Biographies of Disease). He is a co-author of Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Helping Your Troubled Teen: Learn to Recognize, Understand, and Address the Destructive Behavior of Today’s Teens.


Borderline Personality DisorderDBTChild & AdolescentSelf-Harm


Kaplan C, Aguirre B, Rater M. Helping your troubled teen: learn to recognize, understand, and address the destructive behavior of today’s teens and preteens. Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2007.

Aguirre B. Borderline personality disorder in adolescents: a complete guide to understanding and coping when your adolescent has BPD. Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2007.

Aguirre B. Biographies of disease: depression. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008.

Sastry A, Aguirre B. Parenting your child with autism: practical solutions, strategies, and advice for helping your family. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 2012.

Aguirre B, Galen G. Mindfulness for borderline personality disorder: relieve your suffering using the core skill of dialectical behavior therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 2013.

Aguirre B, Galen G. Coping with BPD: DBT and CBT skills to soothe the symptoms of borderline personality disorder. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 2015.

Harrison K, Kaplan CS, Aguirre B. Fighting back: what an Olympic champion’s story can teach us about recognizing and preventing child sexual abuse—and helping kids recover. New York: Guildford Press, 2018.

Education & Training:

  • 1989 MD, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1991-1994 Residency in Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
  • 1994-1996 Massachusetts Child and Adolescent Fellowship, Boston Medical Center
Board Certifications:
  • 1996 Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology




Office Address:

Belmont campus - East House, Room 311