Where teens and their families find healing.

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Massachusetts' Premier Adolescent Treatment Program

Whether you are seeking mental health treatment for your loved one or a client, Massachusetts Center for Adolescent Wellness is here to help. Adolescent mental health disorders can benefit from early intervention to help prevent mental health disorders into adulthood.

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About Us

Massachusetts Center for Adolescent Wellness (MCAW) is a mental health outpatient program that offers therapy and support to adolescents between the ages of 13 to 17 years old and their families. We offer treatment for a wide range of mental health disorders. Evidence-based therapies are combined with holistic methods to provide the best care for teens.  


Mental health disorders are common among adolescents and often first appear during this time in life. Across the world, one in seven 10 to 19-year-olds experiences a mental health disorder. Mental health disorders are medical conditions affecting mood, thinking, and behaviors.

How We Treat

At Massachusetts Center for Adolescent Wellness (MCAW), we utilize a comprehensive approach to treat various mental and behavioral health concerns. Our highly-trained professionals work with patients and their families to develop a treatment plan that addresses their unique concerns. We are trained in family therapy and work to rebuild family connections damaged by mental health conditions. 

The entire MCAW team is skilled in managing adolescent mental health. We pride ourselves on working with adolescents to give them the tools to manage their mental and behavioral health. At MCAW, we understand that evidence-based therapeutic techniques can help young people and their families learn to manage their mental health and go on to live happy and healthy lives.


About Family Therapy

Family Therapy is utilized to not only help with education about mental health disorders, how to avoid triggers, and how to support each other. Intervening with family members can help with repairing relationships and addressing challenges encountered by the adolescent and their loved ones.
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Behavioral Therapy

About Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is used to treat a range of mental and behavioral health concerns. These include depression, anxiety, substance use disorder, eating disorders, and severe mental illness. Our team of trained therapists works directly with patients to reframe negative thinking patterns and develop healthy coping skills. Through working with a trusted therapist, adolescents can identify how their disorders manifest while learning to make healthier choices.
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Behavior Therapy

About Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified version of CBT. However, the goal of this therapeutic approach is to teach patients mindfulness techniques and emotion regulation. At MCAW, adolescent patients will learn how to manage their emotions and find alternative coping skills to walk through distressing emotions. Through this approach, patients will be able to have improved relationships with others and stop self-destructive behaviors.
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About Mindfulness-Based Therapy

Mindfulness-based Therapy uses similar techniques to CBT. Our team of clinicians uses this therapeutic approach to teach adolescents mindfulness. This helps patients learn to consciously pay attention to their feelings and thoughts. We teach all of our adolescent patients not to place judgments on their thoughts or feelings as they experience them.
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About Individual Therapy

At MCAW, we use individual psychotherapy or individual therapy to help treat our adolescent patients. During individual therapy, patients participate in a joint process with a qualified therapist. We use these sessions to discuss topics and challenges that are specific to the needs of each patient. During individual therapy, a clinician will determine the course of sessions and adjust a treatment plan as needed.
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About Group Therapy

Group Therapy is a process led by a trained group facilitator or multiple facilitators. During these sessions, patients will be participating with their adolescent peers who have similar mental and behavioral health challenges. Group therapy sessions are a time for patients to relate their experiences to one another. This process also helps build community and allows patients to feel supported in their recovery.
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Art & Music

About Art & Music Therapy

We utilize art and music to help adolescents explore their emotions and find release. Our team focuses on the healing power art and music can have on people struggling with mental and behavioral health conditions. Patients will be encouraged to explore different artistic and creative mediums to heal and grow.
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About Trauma-Informed Therapy

At MCAW, we want to ensure that all adolescents in our care are treated with the patience and compassion they deserve. Our therapists are trained in the techniques of trauma-informed therapy. We use this approach for any of our patients who are recovering from trauma. It is essential that these patients are not re-triggered or re-traumatized while undergoing our treatment program.
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About Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a guiding style of communication that allows for listening and directing. The clinician engages with the adolescent in a way to empower change by asking open-ended questions and providing affirmations, reflections, and summaries. MI is guided by expressing empathy, supporting self-efficacy, rolling with resistance, and developing discrepancy.
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Our Facility

MCAW’s outpatient program is located just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Our facility offers individual and group therapy to help with various mental health disorders commonly experienced by adolescents. Group sizes remain small to ensure the best care can be provided.