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Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services

At McLean Hospital, we recognize the challenges children and adolescents with psychiatric illness face. Through our Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services, located on the campus of Sancta Maria Nursing Facility in Cambridge, we are focused on helping young people and their families cope with mental illness.

Our outpatient care includes individual and group therapy and testing via the Child and Adolescent Testing Service (CATS), as well as a number of specialty offerings like the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program and the 3East Outpatient Clinic.

For more information or to make a referral, call 617.674.5310.

Our individual and group therapy options help young people and their families cope with psychiatric illness and the challenges it often brings. Some of these services are primarily available for those who are stepping down from the McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program and the Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) program. However, there may be openings for other children and adolescents seeking outpatient treatment, subject to the availability of staff.

Our Child and Adolescent Testing Service (CATS) provides evaluations and therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults ages 5 to 22 who have neuropsychological and/or psychological difficulties that are interfering with their ability to manage demands at home, at school, and/or with their peer group. CATS was created to more effectively help young people with their unique needs. Through therapy sessions and comprehensive testing, our trained staff will gain a thorough understanding of a child. Our professionals can offer expert evaluations and make recommendations for treatment, educational planning, and more.

Specialty Clinics

The McLean Anxiety Mastery Program for anxious youth ages 7 to 19 offers group-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with an emphasis on exposure and response prevention (ERP) for children and adolescents who present with social anxiety, specific phobias, panic attacks, separation anxiety, school refusal, and obsessions and compulsions.
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The 3East Outpatient Clinic provides treatment for high-risk adolescents and young adults between the ages of 13 and 22. The program specializes in identifying and treating depression and risky behavior which may include suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, substance use, binging and purging, risky sexual behavior, and other forms of risk-taking.
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