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. 



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 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 4:10-6:30, starting on January 30th, and lasting for 8 weeks.  There will also be a 5-8 hour retreat on March 10th in which participants practice the tools and skills they have learned.

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


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 for more information.

Online Resources

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