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Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

McLean Anxiety Mastery Program

Where is the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program located?

The program is located at the Sancta Maria Nursing Facility at 799 Concord Avenue, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.

Who benefits most from the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program?

Our outpatient program focuses on treating children and adolescents with social anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, separation anxiety, and other similar conditions. Individuals who are willing to attend the program and engage in the treatment receive the most benefit. In addition, those who practice the exposures assigned at home each night have the opportunity to make greater gains by strengthening what they have learned.

Is family involved in treatment?

There is a big emphasis on family involvement as we recognize that anxiety and OCD can impact the whole family. The program includes a weekly parent guidance group, a weekly family meeting, and a weekly exposure demonstration session that includes family members. In addition, clinicians check in with and update caregivers at the end of each group session.

Is smoking permitted?

Our program is non-smoking.

When are visiting hours?

We don’t have visiting hours, but when family isn’t involved in treatment caregivers may wait in the waiting area.

Are cell phones allowed?

Cell phone use is strongly discouraged during treatment and in the waiting room to prevent disruption of the program and others.

Can former patients 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.