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 MindfulPC@challiance.org or by phone at (617) 591-6055.

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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) - 8 Week Group

Dates:  Tuesdays, from 4:00-6:15, starting on April 17th, and lasting for 8 weeks. (Next round starts in September)

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:15 PM

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

Payment: Billed to your health insurance as group therapy

We offer MBCT as a clinical group, using a protocol that was developed as a depression relapse prevention program and is also highly effective for patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. [click here for the JAMA meta analysis on MBCT] This intensive 8-week group with at least 30 minutes of daily home practice trains people in mindfulness practices that help them observe ways in which thoughts can drive mood and how mood can distort perspective. Through exploration and observation of the body/mind connection, participants learn to adjust patterns of behavior and move toward healthier states of mind. Paying attention in the present and bringing friendly curiosity to their experience enables participants to become more sensitive to the onset of symptoms and

  • Develop a stronger “Observing Self”

  • Learn to see thoughts as “just thinking” without feeding or fighting them

  • Understand the temporary nature of sensations, feelings and thoughts

  • Desensitize to automatic negative thoughts and feelings that occur spontaneously

…and through the training, develop more calm and ease with their emotions and more easily navigate the storms that sometimes accompany depression and anxiety.

The group will be co-led byLauri Klein LICSW and Laura Warren, MD

**This program requires a referral from a Cambridge Health Alliance care provider. Ask your provider or clinician for a referral. This group is currently accepting referrals.

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

Contact: Angela Lozada, Referral Coordinator, for questions on eligibility 617-591-6055 | mindfulpc@challiance.org


Strengthen Your Practice: 12-Week Alumni Group

Dates: Every Wednesday

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Location: CHA Central Street Clinic, 26 Central Street, Somerville, Room 3c10 

Payment: Billed to your health insurance as group psychotherapy

Lauri Klein, LICSW will be leading an 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. 

    Contact: Angela Lozada, Referral Coordinator, for questions on eligibility 617-591-6055 | mindfulpc@challiance.org


    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.