At the Hill Center for Women, we offer psychiatric and psychological services for women with histories of trauma and related disorders, borderline personality, mood, and anxiety disorders.
The Hill Center for Women is best-suited to individuals who:
- Have a history of trauma and related disorders, borderline personality disorder, depression, and anxiety
- Are seeking 24-hour care in a setting that fosters skill building and recovery
As a residential program with a two week length of stay, the Hill Center for Women provides a safe, supportive, and secure environment to help women build strength and find new resources to regain command of their lives. Our staff emphasizes empathy, compassion, collaboration, and empowerment.
We also offer two-week day treatment (partial hospital) for women who need a more structured setting than outpatient treatment can offer, but are able to manage without 24-hour care.
“I am grateful for the time and opportunity I was given in the program. I feel like I am journeying outside of the darkness now. Life has begun to bud and I feel the sun on my face.”– Hill Center for Women patient
Although our short-term program is for women in acute situations, individuals who succeed in our program are those who have the ability and willingness to work with the treatment providers collaboratively and who remain safe, sober, and medically stable while in treatment.
Our group-based treatment program is designed for women who need more structure and intensive treatment than is available from an outpatient program. The program offers 2-week residential and partial hospital (day treatment) levels of care.
Our program draws its strength from several schools of investigation including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills training, clinical studies of trauma and recovery by McLean Hospital researchers, and the extensive work on the psychology of women conducted at the Stone Center at Wellesley College.
Residential and partial hospital patients attend groups weekdays from 9am to 2pm. Patients can expect bi-weekly meetings with their case administrator and meetings with psychiatric or nursing staff as needed. These individual meetings occur during or after group time. Some patients may receive additional specialized individualized meetings, as needed, to address more specific clinical needs.
The group schedule is curated to allow patients the opportunity to learn and practice new skills. Group topics include goal setting, DBT skills, anger management, symptom education and management, and expressive therapies.
Residential patients also attend groups in the evening and on weekend mornings. Those in residence have access to staff 24 hours a day. Residential patients cook and eat meals together and participate in chores at the house, fostering a sense of community and reinforcing the importance of self-care and independent functioning.
During free hours, patients are encouraged to resume normal life activities outside the confines of the program. This gives them an opportunity to increase positive experiences, practice their skills, and reconnect with important parts of their lives.
Patients often socialize informally with each other or visit with family members outside of scheduled programming. They are also welcome to attend any relevant self-help groups on campus that are open to the community.
Individuals in our partial hospital (day) and residential programs follow the schedule below Monday through Friday 9am-2pm, while those in our residential program also attend evening and weekend group programming. The program schedule also allows time for practicing skills while engaging in independent life activities, such as errands, and leisure activities of the individual’s choosing.
|10-11am||DBT Distress Tolerance|
|11am-12pm||Distress Tolerance Workshop/Life Beyond Treatment|
|1-1:45pm||PTSD Education and Symptom Management|
|6-7pm||Residential Patients Meeting|
|9-10am||DBT Emotion Regulation|
|11am-12pm||DBT Chain Analysis/DBT Problem Solving|
|1-1:45pm||Art Therapy/Nuts & Bolts|
|10-11am||DBT Emotion Regulation|
|6-7pm||Nuts & Bolts|
|11am-12pm||PTSD Skills Group|
|1-1:45pm||Eating Disorders/Nuts & Bolts/Spirituality and Mental Health|
|9-10am||Self Assessment/Weekend Planning|
|10-11am||DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness|
|11am-12pm||Education and Vocation|
|1-5pm||DBT Substance Use and Relapse Prevention/DBT Skills Practice|
|12pm||Self-Help Group: AA – de Marneffe Building (optional)|
|4:30pm||Self-Help Group: SMART Recovery – de Marneffe Building (optional)|
|5-6pm||Dinner/Evening Planning (optional)|
|6pm||Self-Help Group: LEADER 12-Step – de Marneffe Building (optional)|
|9-10am||DBT Distress Tolerance|
|10-11am||Goal Writing/Self-Assessment/Diary Card|
|6-7pm||Weekend Wrap Up|
|7pm||Self-Help Group: Al-Anon – de Marneffe Building (optional)|
Admission & Cost
The Hill Center for Women is ideal for women with histories of trauma and related disorders, borderline personality, mood, and anxiety disorders who seek a safe, supportive, and secure environment to build strength and find new resources to regain command of their lives.
For further information or to make a referral, please contact our admissions coordinator:
The Hill Center for Women is covered by most insurance providers. McLean Hospital accepts Medicare, Massachusetts Medicaid, and many private insurance and managed care plans.
More information on insurance providers accepted by McLean Hospital may be found on the Mass General Brigham website. You may also find it beneficial to review McLean’s patient billing and financial assistance information.