The Pavilion is the premier destination for adults requiring comprehensive psychiatric consultation, assessment, and treatment. Call us today to speak to our admission staff.
With the goal of clarifying diagnosis and offering effective treatment recommendations, we opened our doors in 1999 as the first residential treatment center in the country to offer an intensive two-week program designed to provide unparalleled diagnostic evaluation with an emphasis on evidence-based care, discretion, flexibility, and confidentiality.
Journey to Independence and Recovery
Karen was treated at The Pavilion, where she learned to manage her depression and return to her life. Read about Karen’s story in her own words.
People come to The Pavilion from across the country and all over the world for our expert diagnostic assessment and personalized treatment. As our program is self-pay, we do not accept insurance or assist with insurance reimbursement efforts. We accept adults over the age of 18, however, we may make exceptions for some individuals who are younger.
The Pavilion is ideal for individuals who:
- Have a history of persistent treatment-resistant psychiatric conditions
- Have not been able to receive an accurate diagnosis of their illness
- Are struggling with a broad range of disorders including difficulties with mood instability (depression, anxiety, or both), psychotic symptoms, cognitive impairment, self-destructive or self-injurious behavior, and dual diagnoses, especially substance use
- Are seeking an individualized, in-depth, and multidisciplinary approach to finding an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan
Our extensive and wide-ranging diagnostic approach allows our clinicians to tailor the most appropriate treatment plan for the individual for continued care either at McLean or with treatment providers closer to home. We help hundreds of people each year gain a thorough understanding of their illness and implement effective strategies for treatment.
The Pavilion is a leader in mental health assessment and care and specializes in hard-to-treat cases. Watch this video to learn more.
As part of McLean’s Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders, we draw on diagnostic and treatment resources from multiple disciplines throughout our division and the hospital, as well as from our Mass General Brigham affiliates Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. This wide array of expertise allows us to identify not only psychiatric disorders but also co-occurring medical problems, which can often complicate achieving a clear diagnosis and designing effective treatment plans.
Our dedicated treatment team includes senior-level clinicians, with each patient’s administrative psychiatrist overseeing treatment and managing medications. Other team members include attending psychiatrists (providing daily psychotherapy), psychologists with expertise in behavioral and psychologically-based therapies, and senior clinical social workers who provide case management, family therapy, and coordination of an aftercare plan.
The Pavilion offers a private, peaceful setting in which patients can focus on their treatment and overall health and well-being. Located on McLean’s Belmont campus in the Wyman Building, our home-like residences include spacious private bedrooms and baths, specially prepared meals, and other quality amenities to help make the stay as comfortable as possible. Individuals also benefit from 24-hour staff support and easy access to all of McLean’s programs and services.
The Pavilion’s comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to care is composed of expert psychiatric and medical assessments, which allow for definitive diagnosis and treatment of complex symptoms. Alongside evaluation, the program offers individual therapy, group therapy targeted at education and support, nutritional consultations, medication management, and other therapeutic activities such as meditation and yoga.
Upon admission, patients begin the program with a series of meetings and testing including psychiatric, neuropsychiatric, and neurologic evaluation, medical and imaging assessment, an overnight sleep study, and psychological and neuropsychological testing. We also provide specialty consultations in a range of areas—substance misuse, impulse control disorders, trauma and post-traumatic stress, geriatrics, neurotherapeutics (ECT, TMS, and ketamine infusions), and forensic evaluation.
Our commitment to examining the biological as well as the emotional components of an illness ensures that the clinical team explores every avenue in searching for effective solutions. Both the diagnosis and treatment plan consider a person’s previous medical and neurological history. The Pavilion utilizes consultation services throughout McLean as well as at other Mass General Brigham affiliates.
Watch Now: Patients like Elizabeth benefit from The Pavilion’s comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment. Learn more about Elizabeth’s journey to recovery in this video.
Once all evaluations are complete, the individual’s care team puts together a clinical summary outlining diagnostic results and therapeutic recommendations. Determinations made by our clinicians during the first few days of evaluations inform the creation of the patient’s care plan and subsequent treatment program. For example, if there’s a history of trauma or co-occurring substance use, we will involve experts from each of these areas in the overall treatment strategy.
Treatment begins upon admission, including medication management, behavior therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, 24-hour nursing care, and group therapy as prescribed. When appropriate, neurotherapeutics (ECT/TMS and ketamine infusions) are initiated as soon as possible for the management of treatment-resistant depression.
Group therapy is an important component of the program. Assignment to specific groups is managed by each patient’s behavioral therapist. Most groups are focused on building skills and utilize scientifically proven treatment models such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and mentalization-based treatment (MBT). Group therapies are effective in helping individuals acquire and develop coping skills for managing stress and anxiety. CBT helps individuals connect thoughts with actions, while DBT emphasizes the development of four skill sets: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. MBT helps people to differentiate and separate their own thoughts and feelings from those around them.
“The Pavilion provided privacy, a lovely, caring environment, and top-notch clinicians. It was there that I found the help and comfort I needed. They got me back on track—and even though it’s a different track than I was on before, I am heading toward a much better place.”– Former patient
Family therapy is an integral part of assessment and treatment. Understanding family dynamics and providing support for learning more effective communication skills can be a key factor to successful treatment and sustained recovery. Family is included in treatment as appropriate and with the permission of the patient.
Special attention is given to stress management, fitness, and nutrition. This includes meditation and yoga, access to an on-campus fitness center or nearby sports club, and meetings with a nutritionist to learn how to make healthy diet modifications to improve mental and physical health.
Recommendations for aftercare treatment are highly individualized, based on clinical issues, resources, motivation for additional treatment, and geographic considerations. Each individual’s aftercare plan is a collaborative effort between the clinical team and the patient and family. We strive to create the optimal plan for continued recovery and stabilization. On a case by case basis and if clinically indicated, extended stay at The Pavilion is available upon completion of the diagnostic/assessment phase.
Admission & Cost
The Pavilion’s two week program provides comprehensive diagnosis and evaluation for adults who have a history of resistance to treatment or have not been able to receive an accurate diagnosis of their illness. Individuals who come into our program are not limited to any one diagnostic group. They may be struggling with a broad range of disorders including difficulties with mood instability (depression, anxiety, or both), psychotic symptoms, cognitive impairment, self-destructive or self-injurious behavior, and dual diagnoses, especially substance use. People come to The Pavilion from across the country and all over the world for an individualized, in-depth, and multidisciplinary approach to finding an accurate diagnosis and appropriate plan for treatment.
We can help arrange admission from most domestic or international locations and can coordinate airport limousine transportation and assistance with off-campus accommodations, if needed.
To make a referral or to obtain more information about our unique program, please contact our admission coordinator:
We work with individuals, their families, and referring clinicians to determine if our program is an appropriate option. We do a preliminary screening over the phone and gather as much pertinent information as possible.
The current rate for The Pavilion is $59,500, all-inclusive, for a 14-day stay. As a self-pay program, The Pavilion does not accept insurance or directly assist with insurance reimbursement.
For more information on what is included in The Pavilion day rate, please see below.
McLean Hospital offers a customized service that guides international clientele through the hospital’s premier programs, beginning with a confidential and comprehensive evaluation at The Pavilion and continuing through specialized treatment as needed—all with careful consideration of cultural and family issues.
The Middle East Center for Culturally Informed Care, which is a component of The Pavilion, offers comprehensive assessment and treatment planning for a broad range of psychiatric disorders. Led by Rima Saad, PhD, assessment and intervention are adapted to incorporate issues that are recurrent for Middle Eastern clientele. Family involvement is a priority in our comprehensive evaluation and treatment. We incorporate the family’s perspective into our understanding of an individual’s difficulties. Recognizing that family name and reputation are a source of honor and pride, we also help families come together to manage the shame that comes with mental illness and problematic behaviors.
The problem of ‘not fitting in’ with the expectations of family and society is central in Middle Eastern culture. The inability to do so creates painful dilemmas for the individual and family. We work with all members of the family to address these issues.
Additionally, we address discrimination and the painful prejudices that impact our clientele’s quality of life.
Our services have been uniquely created for the most discerning Middle Eastern clientele. We have Arabic-speaking clinicians on staff. While we recognize that many of our Middle Eastern clientele are proficient in English, we understand that some nuances of meaning and culture can only be understood in Arabic. Staff are also trained in a number of Arabic dialects (Levantine, Gulf), typically eliminating the need for a translator.
We have a proven track record and impeccable reputation for working with patients and their families from the Middle East, including those from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Libya.
Privacy is paramount. We use the utmost discretion to protect your family name and reputation.
Although this service is specific to Middle Eastern clientele, we work with many individuals from around the world and in fact, see referrals from six out of the seven continents. As such, we tailor our services to meet the needs of each of our international patients and families. If you would like more information, please call 877.208.9099 or email [email protected].