At the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program (MAMP), we work closely with children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 who present with anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety, speciﬁc phobias, panic attacks, separation anxiety, agoraphobia, and obsessions and compulsions.
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
Our program is offered through a combination of in-person and virtual care. The program runs in-person on Mondays at our clinic located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The remainder of programming takes place online.
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.
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.
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
- Psychiatric consultation and medication management
- Family meetings
- Caregiver guidance groups