Located on McLean’s campus in Belmont, Massachusetts, our residential program is one of only a few in the country specifically developed for people experiencing psychosis that is also on the grounds of a psychiatric hospital. Patients benefit from access to McLean’s full continuum of services and world-renowned clinicians and support staff.
As part of McLean’s Division of Psychotic Disorders, every individual is cared for by a personal treatment team that coordinates a customized treatment strategy and aftercare plan. The average length of stay varies to accommodate the needs of each patient.
Appleton is a renovated historic mansion—one of the oldest buildings on McLean’s historic campus—that accommodates up to 24 patients. We offer a peaceful, home-like setting where individuals can focus on their goals for recovery.
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“Structured groups and support from my team at Appleton helped me to successfully transition to the community; they were essential for my recovery, including support from my husband, son, and family. I am a healthy and happy person because of the Appleton program.”– Former Appleton patient
Appleton specializes in comprehensive treatment for adults ages 18 and over who have a primary diagnosis of psychosis and/or bipolar disorder and may also have coexisting conditions such as addiction, anxiety, or depression.
Individuals who come our program may be entering residential treatment for the first time or may be transferring from another program in order to receive the tailored, robust services that we offer. Patients may also come to Appleton from an inpatient program at McLean or elsewhere and are interested in continued intensive care while navigating a path to recovery.
Psychosis and bipolar disorder can often derail individuals from being able to accomplish their life goals. Our core philosophical approach is to help individuals develop the skills necessary to gain back control over their lives.
Group therapy is a central part of the program, with more than 20 groups per week covering a range of specialized topics such as mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), interpersonal skills, spirituality, and much more.
Many of our patients participate in a wide variety of work, educational, and volunteer opportunities in the community. Boston and Cambridge are easily accessible from Appleton via public transit. Patients often leave the program during the day to work or attend courses as well as to go on outings to work on social skills.
At Appleton, there is an emphasis on stress management, overall health, holistic health, fitness, and nutrition. Daily schedules typically include activities such as meditation, yoga, hikes, nutritional support, gardening, and expressive therapies. Patients also have access to an on-campus fitness center, a certified trainer, and a nearby athletic club.