GATES: Group-Based Acute Treatment Engagement for Seniors is an outpatient program for older adults with major depression, anxiety disorders, and adjustment disorders and without significant cognitive impairment.
Groups incorporate elements of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) along with coping skills, goal setting, mindfulness, and supportive therapy.
GATES is ideal as a step-down from inpatient care or for those who need intensive outpatient treatment. Patients must have an existing prescriber (psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner). Group sessions are held online for one hour twice per week. This is a short-term program, with engagement intended for 6-8-weeks.
Our Group Therapy Service for older adults includes a suite of group sessions focusing on skill building, collaborative goal setting, and patient education for a variety of mental health disorders.
Programming includes topics such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for anxiety or depression, managing emotional regulation with dialectical behavior therapy, hoarding disorders, supportive therapy for older men, and more.
Sessions are held online each week for one hour. Short-term groups are held over 8-12 weeks.
For patients enrolled in our short-term offerings, there are longer-term options as well. The long-term offerings focus on support, interpersonal relationships, loneliness, and purpose in late life, along with more specific CBT skills groups for coping with aging, depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. Sessions are held online each week for one hour.
In an effort to provide you with the best possible care in the least restrictive setting necessary, we offer a number of programs within the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. If you or a loved one are in need of short-term, intensive psychiatric care, please consider our Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Services.
Admission & Cost
The Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services are ideal for older adults seeking outpatient care for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mild to moderate memory impairments, and adjustment disorders. Referrals may be made by patients, their families, physicians, or other health care providers.
For further information about our program or to make a referral, please contact our admissions staff:
Older Adult Clinic or Memory Disorders Assessment Clinic
GATES or Group Therapy Service
Note: Patients are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the program.
Medicare covers most treatment costs. Other insurance, including Massachusetts Medicaid, is accepted. Supplemental insurance usually covers the remaining cost. Hospital staff will assist patients and their families in determining 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.