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Child & Adolescent
College Mental Health Program


Outpatient Services

McLean Hospital offers outpatient treatment for a wide range of mental health and substance abuse issues. Outpatient services are available for those who are stepping down from more intensive levels within the McLean continuum of care. There may be openings for other persons seeking outpatient treatment subject to the availability of staff.

We offer a full range of outpatient group psychotherapy services. Contact persons for these services can be found on our website: Outpatient Group Therapy Services.

Specialty outpatient programs are offered in the following areas:

Treatment Approach

McLean's approach to outpatient treatment is focused on comprehensive evaluation and stabilization. Most clinical services provided are designed to be short term. Should longer-term treatment be necessary, we will assist you in finding appropriate community resources. Some longer-term treatment is provided in the form of group psychotherapy and through the residency training and psychology training programs. McLean's treatment philosophy places a strong emphasis on patient and family education, and outpatients are encouraged to function as partners in their own treatment.


McLean provides evaluation and stabilization through outpatient services that are tailored to individuals' medical and personal needs and preferences. The services offered include programs connected to McLean's clinical programs.

Although McLean is a psychiatric hospital, its outpatient service features a number of important medical programs, including a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) center. All modes of psychotherapy—individual, group, couple and family—are available for outpatients. Psychopharmacology is a specialty of McLean, where numerous research trials are under way. Some patients may benefit from participation in drug trials (click here for current studies); when experimental medications are provided, they are at no cost to patients.


Highly qualified psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and advanced practice nurses staff McLean Hospital's Ambulatory Services. Many of the staff members in specialty areas are acknowledged experts in their fields.

Information and Referrals

For further information call 617-855-2300.
Due to very high demand for services, we may not be able to accommodate all requests. We will respond to inquiries as quickly as possible, but there may be some delay in returning telephone calls.

McLean Hospital accepts Medicare, Massachusetts Medicaid, Blue Cross and many other private health insurance plans. The hospital also has working arrangements with many managed-care companies. Insurance coverage may be limited for some services, especially for residential and longer-term treatment. Please see our policies for Financial Responsibility.