CHA Patient Programs


MINDFUL-PC Program in CHA Primary Care

The MINDFUL-PC clinical service and research program offers mindfulness groups for CHA Primary Care patients. These groups have a few clinical requirements and require a referral from a CHA primary care provider. If you are a CHA patient interested in participating in the MINDFUL-PC clinical program and research study. Below is our informational brochure. 

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CMC is collaborating with the CHA Multicultural Affairs and Patient Services to develop a program to offer mindfulness groups that will meet the needs of our patients’ diverse linguistic and cultural communities. For questions about group start dates and language-specific groups, please contact the MINDFUL-PC program at MindfulPC@challiance.org or by phone at (617) 591-6055.


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) methods with mindfulness practices – including movement and meditation.  In addition to the standard MBCT content, this class will include discussions around medications and their role in improving symptoms of depression from a mindfulness perspective. MBCT has been well researched, and has shown to be particularly effective in preventing relapses of depression [click here for the JAMA meta analysis on MBCT]

When: Tuesdays, from 4:00-6:15, starting on April 17th, and lasting for 8 weeks. 

Where:  26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143 4th Floor Room 4b11

**This program requires a referral from a Cambridge Health Alliance care provider.

The group will be co-taught with Lauri Klein LICSW and Nick Barnes, MD 

Inclusion criteria: History of depressive symptoms, Currently taking or considering taking medication for mood

Exclusion Criteria: Recent hospitalization, Severe personality disorder, Active psychosis, Severe substance use, Recent suicidal ideation

This group is full, but currently accepting referrals for the next cycle


Strengthen Your Practice: 12-Week Alumni Group

Dates: 12 weeks, Every Friday (ongoing)

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Location: CHA Central Street Clinic, 26 Central Street, Somerville, 2nd Floor Community Room 

Payment: Billed to your health insurance as 12 one-hour psychotherapy groups

Contact: Jacob Balin, Group Coordinator for CHA's Outpatient Psychiatry Department for questions on eligibility 617-591-6170 | jbalin@challiance.org 

Dr. Nick Barnes and Dr. Jennifer Harris will be co-leading a 12-week intensive mindfulness group through the outpatient psychiatry department at CHA for alumni of any 8-week mindfulness-based courses (MBSR, MSC and MTPC). This group will allow patients to strengthen or renew their mindfulness practice within a smaller group setting, emphasizing continuity. It gives an opportunity for people to develop ongoing mindfulness and then apply it to improve emotional health, deal with life's challenges, and enrich their lives.

Each session will include:

A guided practice

Time to discuss the practice and personal challenges along the way

Home practice assignments for the week

The group will be ongoing, and asks for a 12-week commitment with an opportunity to re-enroll at the end of the 12 weeks.


Private Pay Courses

CHA patients are welcome to attend Center for Mindfulness & Compassion Courses and Programs available to the community. Cambridge Health Alliance patients are provided a 50% discount for our 8-Week Courses: MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion). Please contact us at cmc@challiance.org for more information.


Online Resources

Learn more about mindfulness and compassion by exploring our links to video, audio, book and app online resources.