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CPA Offers Behavioral Medicine & Health Psychology Services

September 8, 2015|Counseling & Psychotherapy

What is Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology?

When was the last time you thought about how your emotional health may influence your medical health? We often hear the term “mind-body connection” but what does it really mean from a psychological perspective?

Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology are rapidly growing psychological specialties which focus on providing crucial support, tools, and resources for those struggling with health-related concerns. It is important to recognize the emotional impact of chronic illness or a new or unexpected medical diagnosis, and numerous medical conditions can be impacted or exacerbated by emotional factors and lifestyle choices. As we’ve all experienced, incorporating new healthy habits into our daily routines and sticking with them is often more challenging than it may seem. Commonwealth Psychology Associates’ health psychologists work with clients to:

  • Adjust to new medical issues
  • Adhere to treatment regimens
  • Develop and implement healthier lifestyle choices
  • Understand the importance of self-care
  • Learn relaxation and stress management techniques
  • Integrate mindfulness-based approaches
  • Improve coping skills
  • Cope with limitations on previous levels of functioning
  • Achieve the behavioral changes necessary to improve their overall health.

Some medical conditions that often respond well to health psychology services include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiac disease
  • Pain conditions
  • Obesity/weight management
  • Tension & migraine headaches
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Asthma & respiratory problems
  • Insomnia & sleep disorders
  • MS & other neurological conditions
  • Depression/anxiety in caregivers
  • Autoimmune diseases

We believe that emotional and behavioral health is an integral part of overall wellness and hope you’ll view CPA as a resource to help you achieve optimal health. If you’re interested in working with one of our health psychologists in Boston or Newton, please call us at (617) 259-1895 or fill out a quick form here.

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