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Fact vs. Fiction: The Truth About Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD), a complex mental illness often characterized by unstable moods, behaviors, and relationships, has historically been viewed by clinicians as untreatable. An April 2015 article in The New York Times referred to BPD as “an intractable condition,” which is...

3East: McLean’s Unique Approach to Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Every Monday at 9 am, 3East leadership holds a unique two-hour session that is part support group, part tutorial. The participants, who join in person or by conference call, are learning the ins and outs of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Each is a parent of a child who is—or has been—part of the...

Why Do Teens Cut and What Can Parents Do To Help?

Approximately 14 to 18 percent of high school students and between 12 to 35 percent of college students in the United States engage in some form of self-injurious behavior at least once. The age of onset often occurs in early adolescence, between the ages of 11 and 14.

While self-harm is of serious concern...

Karen Adler

Karen Adler, MD, is a psychiatrist at McLean Hospital’s Gunderson Outpatient Program, which focuses on multimodal treatment of borderline personality disorder. Dr. Adler’s special interests include educating families and other medical specialists about symptoms and management of...

Blaise Aguirre

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...

Benjamin Banister

Benjamin Banister, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the program director of the 3East Cambridge Residence, a community-based dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program for college-aged young women. While he...

Kristen Batejan

Kristen L. Batejan, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the 3East Cambridge Residence and an instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Batejan is experienced in treating adolescents and young adults struggling with emotional...

Lois Choi-Kain

Lois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MD, has transitioned into Dr. John Gunderson’s former position as the director of the Adult Borderline Center and Training Institute at McLean Hospital. In 2009, she developed the Gunderson Residence, an intensive, specialized residential program for adult women with...

Meaghan Creedon

Meaghan Creedon, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist at the 3East Partial Hospital Program and the 3East DBT trauma and exposure track, which provides state of the art dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and exposure therapies to address co-occurring anxiety, depression, PTSD, and suicidal and self-harm...

Joe Flores

In his role as medical director of the Gunderson Outpatient Program, Joe B. Flores, MD, oversees intensive treatment for individuals with borderline personality disorder and other complex personality disorders. The program strives to develop effective treatment approaches for individuals who...

Frances Frankenburg

Frances R. Frankenburg, MD, completed her medical and psychiatry training at the University of Toronto, and came to Boston in 1982. She worked at McLean Hospital, first as a research fellow and then as a staff psychiatrist, until 1995. She is now chief of Inpatient and Consultation-Liaison...

Alan Fruzzetti

Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD, is the program director of the 3East Boys Intensive Program and the director of Family Services for 3East Continuum. He has adapted and implemented dialectical behavior therapy for underserved populations, and developed many successful DBT programs for people with borderline...

Gillian Galen

Gillian C. Galen, PsyD, is a senior child and adolescent psychologist specializing in dialectical behavioral therapy. She has extensive experience diagnosing and treating adolescents and young adults who struggle with emotion dysregulation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-endangering behaviors...

John Gunderson

John G. Gunderson, MD, is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is director of McLean Hospital’s Borderline Center. His seminal studies on the diagnosis, families, psychodynamics, treatment, and pathogenesis of borderline personality disorder helped transform the diagnosis...

Munya Hayek

Munya Hayek, MD, is a staff psychiatrist at the Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of adolescents with a range of psychopathology including depression, anxiety, chronic suicidality and self-injury, emotion dysregulation, trauma,...

Janna Hobbs

Ms. Hobbs has extensive clinical and administrative experience in the treatment of adolescents, adults and families. She is a founding member of 3East, the hospital’s highly innovative and successful dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) programs for adolescents and young adults. She has held...

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