Gillian C. Galen, PsyD

Gillian C. Galen, PsyD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Instructor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry

Biography

Gillian C. Galen, PsyD, is a senior child and adolescent psychologist specializing in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She is the program director of the 3East DBT residential programs and the director of training for the 3East continuum, an array of programs for teens that uses DBT to target self-endangering behaviors and symptoms of borderline personality disorder. 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.

Dr. Galen has a particular interest in the use of mindfulness in the treatment of borderline personality disorder and psychiatric illnesses. She is the co-author of the books “Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy”, “Coping With BPD: DBT and CBT Skills to Soothe the Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder”, and “DBT for Dummies.”

Books

Book cover - DBT for Dummies

DBT For Dummies
by Gillian Galen, PsyD, Blaise Aguirre, MD
(Wiley, 2021)

Book cover - Coping with BPD

Coping With BPD: DBT and CBT Skills to Soothe the Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder
by Blaise Aguirre, MD, and Gillian Galen, PsyD
(New Harbinger, 2015)

Book cover - Mindfulness for BPD

Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
by Blaise Aguirre, MD, and Gillian Galen, PsyD
(New Harbinger, 2013)

Education & Training

Degrees:
  • 2005 MA in Clinical Practices of Psychology, University of Hartford
  • 2008 PsyD, University of Hartford
Fellowship:
  • 2008-2009 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adolescent DBT, 3East, McLean Hospital
Board Certifications:
  • 2010 License in Clinical Psychology, Board of Registration of Psychologists, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Contact

Phone: 617.855.2827
Office Address: Arlington campus - Addams Building, Room 210