At the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program (MAMP), we work closely with children and adolescents ages 7 to 19 who present with social anxiety, speciﬁc phobias, panic attacks, separation anxiety, agoraphobia, and obsessions and compulsions.
Located on the campus of Sancta Maria Hospital in Cambridge, our outpatient clinic provides group cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions with an emphasis on exposure and response prevention (ERP). These treatment methods help kids and teens learn the skills they need to understand and manage their fears and anxieties.
MAMP is ideal for children and teens who:
- Are experiencing social anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, separation anxiety, and other similar conditions
- Would benefit from the program’s delivery of care via group therapy
- Display a willingness to attend the program and engage in the treatment
MAMP in the News
- Listen to Dr. Kathryn D. Boger talk about kids and anxiety on McLean’s podcast Mindful Things.
- The Wall Street Journal interviews Dr. Jacqueline Sperling about the question, “Does Your Child Need Therapy?”
- Watch Dr. Boger in this TEDx presentation on the epidemic of pediatric anxiety.
MAMP strives to provide effective, short-term mental health care that is supported by research. Treatment is delivered primarily in a group format in order to enhance motivation and learning through observation of and interaction with fellow group members. To provide individualized attention during exposure activities, our program has a high staff-to-child ratio.
Treatment plans are tailored to each child’s needs. Individual differences in family background, culture, medical history, symptom presentation, individual strengths, and other considerations are incorporated into the treatment planning process. Youth participate in comprehensive initial evaluations and ongoing assessments during treatment to track the course of their symptoms.
Participating children and adolescents attend the program four days per week for at least four weeks. The first hour of each group includes skills training with the remaining time dedicated to ERP. Those who practice the exposures assigned at home each night have the opportunity to make greater gains by strengthening what they have learned.
Family involvement is emphasized as we recognize that anxiety and OCD affect the whole family. Clinicians update caregivers at the end of each group session. Parents are invited to attend a weekly parent guidance group, and one weekday is reserved for individualized family meetings.
Treatment at MAMP includes:
- Comprehensive evaluations
- Individualized exposure treatment plans
- Exposure and response prevention therapy
- Anxiety education
- Cognitive coping skills
- Mindfulness and relaxation skills
- Relapse prevention
- Medication evaluation and consultation
- Family meetings
- Parent guidance groups
Admission & Cost
The McLean Anxiety Mastery Program is a group-based treatment program for children and adolescents ages 7-19 with anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Our program is ideal for young people with social anxiety, specific phobias, panic attacks, separation anxiety, and obsessions and compulsions who are appropriate for outpatient care.
MAMP requires the following from all participants:
- Parent/guardian and child must be interested and willing to participate in a group-based treatment program
- The child must be willing to participate in treatment 4 days a week for at least 4 to 6 weeks
- Parent/guardian and/or another primary caregiver must be willing to participate in the family work components, weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
For further information about our program or to make a referral, please contact:
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The program is primarily self-pay, however some components may be covered by insurance.
The cost for the portion of the program that insurance will not cover is $6,000 for four weeks. There is also a one-time treatment planning session fee of $200.
Additional fees apply for specialty services including individual parent coaching sessions and applicable home-based sessions. Other additional costs depend on insurance coverage.
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.