Trauma-Focused Mental Health Care

70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. If you are coping with the effects of trauma, our world-renowned experts are here to help you. Contact us today to talk about your treatment options.

At McLean, we know what it is to struggle with the psychological effects of trauma. Our expert staff is here to help you find the tools you need to manage your day-to-day life.

We offer two levels of care focused on helping individuals with trauma-related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociative disorders.

Our partial hospital program provides short-term day program care. Patients learn about the intersection of trauma-related thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical experiences. Individuals gain an understanding of how past trauma affects them in the present, while learning to maintain safety and stability and effectively use self-regulation skills.

Our outpatient program offers individual, couples, and group therapy focused on trauma processing. Individuals work toward understanding and improving trauma-related thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The program also emphasizes reconnecting with important relationships and resuming meaningful activities.

For more information about our insurance-based programs or to make a referral, please call 877.434.0144.

The partial hospital programming is ideal for those in acute situations who need more intensive treatment than outpatient treatment can offer, but are able to manage without 24-hour support. Individuals who benefit most are those who have the ability and willingness to work collaboratively with our team and remain safe, sober, and medically stable while in treatment. This short-term option has an average length of treatment of about 2 weeks.

The outpatient clinic is ideal for individuals who have already established coping skills and are currently safe, stable, and ready to focus on processing their trauma. Many of our patients have recently completed other treatment programs focusing on skills and safety, such as the Hill Center or McLean’s Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program. Participation in our outpatient care lasts on average 3-6 months.

Please note: Our programming is currently offered online only.

“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 patient

Treatment Approach

Our trauma-focused care is informed by multiple evidence-based approaches to treating trauma-related disorders.

The partial hospital program uses the tenets of cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, and as well trauma-specific treatment models at the core of their patient care. The outpatient clinic utilizes research-informed approaches for trauma processing.

Both programs integrate clinical research into patient care, adapting to latest trends and conducting studies involving patients who are willing to participate.

Partial hospital patients attend groups weekdays from 9am to 2pm. Patients also meet individually with a case manager twice weekly and psychology, psychiatry and nursing staff for assessment and consultation as needed. Outpatient therapy is available per the program’s groups schedule and open appointments for individuals and couples.

McLean’s Approach to Care

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Learn more about McLean’s unique approach to trauma care at the intersection of compassion and innovation.

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Admission & Cost

Admission

Our trauma care options are ideal for individuals with histories of trauma and related disorders who seek a supportive treatment environment to build strength and find new resources to maintain command of their lives.

For further information or to make a referral, please contact our admissions coordinator:

Phone: 877.434.0144

Cost

Our partial hospital and outpatient programs are 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.

Referral Form

We review potential patients to determine whether the programs are a good fit for the individual.

For partial hospital care at the Hill Center, clinicians, along with their patients, should fill out and submit the program referral form:

For outpatient care at the Outpatient Trauma Clinic, patients should fill out and submit the program referral form:

Once the form is received, we will respond to continue the intake process.

Treatment Team

Program Leadership

Stephanie A. Rickey, PsyD

Stephanie A. Rickey, PhD, Program Director, Hill Center

Dr. Rickey is also a member of the McLean Hospital trauma consultation and LEADER consultation teams. An instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, she also supervises psychology post-doctoral fellows and psychiatry residents and is a group leader at the Hill Center.

Matthew A. Robinson, PhD

Matthew A. Robinson, PhD, Director, Outpatient Trauma Clinic; Director of Clinical Services, Hill Center

Dr. Robinson provides individual, group, and couples treatment for trauma and dissociative disorders. He is an instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. As a member of the Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Research Program, Dr. Robinson collaborates on cutting-edge research aimed at understanding the neurobiological and genetic underpinnings of trauma and dissociative disorders.

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Milissa Kaufman, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Hill Center; Medical Director, Adult Trauma Disorders Treatment Track, Adult Outpatient Services

Dr. Kaufman is extensively trained in the treatment of trauma-spectrum disorders. She is also the medical director of the adult trauma disorders treatment track in McLean’s Adult Outpatient Services, director of the Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Research Program, and a teacher, supervisor, and mentor for the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program.

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Alisha Moreland-Capuia, MD, Associate Medical Director, Hill Center

Dr. Moreland-Capuia is a community psychiatrist who works at the intersection of trauma, addiction, and mental health. Her core mission in life is to do good, serve others, and reduce human suffering. She is also the director of Trauma-Informed Treatment, Consultation, and Outreach for McLean’s Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders.

Sherry R. Winternitz, MD

Sherry Winternitz, MD, Clinical Director, Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Programs

Dr. Winternitz provides clinical and administrative oversight for the Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Inpatient Program and for the Hill Center. She is also co-investigator on a research project led by Milissa Kaufman, MD, PhD, designed to evaluate the neurobiological basis of traumatic dissociation.

Staff and Associates

Our staff includes a multidisciplinary group of board-certified psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, registered nurses, counselors, and group therapists. This experienced team provides high-quality care tailored to each individual’s needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the programs located?

The program is located on the Belmont campus, in the Hill Center building. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.

Please note: All programming is currently offered virtually only.

Who benefits most from these trauma-focused programs?

Our programs focus on treating adults diagnosed with trauma-related disorders, such as dissociative identity disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), who need resources to manage their disorders.

Is family involved in treatment?

With permission of the patient, we are encourage family participation in treatment. Talk to your treatment team about family might be involved in your care.

Is smoking permitted?

Smoking is allowed in designated outdoor areas only. No smoking is allowed inside any of our buildings.

Are cell phones allowed?

Cell phone use is strongly discouraged during treatment and in the waiting room to prevent disruption of the program and others.

Is aftercare planning a part of the program?

The treatment team works closely with the individual as well as with family, significant friends, and outside providers to develop a personalized aftercare plan. Recommendations by staff are made based upon clinical needs, progress made during treatment, and long-term treatment goals.

Can former patients access their medical records?

All requests for medical records should be directed to McLean’s Health Information Management Department.

Are support groups offered?

To complement our programs’ services and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own treatment course, many self-help groups are hosted by McLean.

Does McLean gather patient feedback?

McLean is dedicated to maintaining high-quality and effective patient care. To ensure that those standards remain at the highest level, we utilize a number of feedback instruments and quality indicators. Among these tools are the Perceptions of Care survey which monitors patient satisfaction and BASIS-24™, a psychiatric outcomes measurement tool created at McLean and widely used in the U.S. and around the world, which delivers feedback on the patient care experience.