How Can I Help My Child Be Ready For School?

October 6th, 2016

As CPA begins to expand our child & adolescent services, we’re pleased to announce we’ll be periodically sharing short articles by CPA clinicians on issues addressing children, adolescents, and parents.

How can I help my child be ready for school?

Many parents worry about school readiness. Some understand readiness to mean academic skills and even some preschools feel the pressure to introduce letters, numbers, and writing earlier and earlier. This is unfortunate because content knowledge can always be learned at a later time — and if it is learned by rote drill, before the child is developmentally ready, it does not necessarily “stick” nor is it very useable.

Instead, social-emotional and behavioral skills are foundational for learning, whether in our out of school. When I worked as a school psychologist, the differences between children who had been in preschool and those who had not were often obvious—not because the former could recite their ABC’s, but because they had had more practice with emotional and behavioral regulation and social interplay.

Group settings under the influence of good, knowledgeable adults are particularly good preparation for school. If your child doesn’t attend preschool, you can make sure to foster some of these experiences through other means—play groups, religious or language classes appropriate to your culture, swim lessons, story time at the library, and so on.  As children get shy or sad and the teacher or coach helps identify the feelings and problem solve; as children get into conflict and the adult talks them through it; as children learn routines such as lining up, hand washing, and circle time behavior; as they learn how and when to ask for help, how to share materials, how to play with different peers, and so on, their emotional and behavioral control and social selves are maturing.

They are learning coping mechanisms for dealing with frustration and for delaying gratification; they are learning that they can look to others for help and modeling; and most importantly, they are learning that trying new things and being with peers can be enjoyable. If children come into school with a positive attitude, and with age-appropriate practice with emotional and behavioral regulation, they will be more available to learning.

These skills underlie all types of academic, creative, and athletic endeavors. What starts with learning to sit still to listen to a peer at show and tell, or waiting to eat until it’s snack time, is a first step in building the attitudes and skills required for spending two years writing a dissertation or practicing hours a day  to become a great violinist or basketball player.

Riikka Melartin, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist who provides individual therapy, counseling, and consultation for clients who are diverse in age, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Until recently, she also worked as a school psychologist at the Lexington and then the Brookline Public Schools. Her child and family oriented training includes pre-doctoral placements at Dedham Public Schools and the therapeutic Arlington School at McLean Hospital, an APA approved doctoral internship at Beaverbrook Guidance Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the McLean Learning Evaluation Center.


The Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) at CPA

August 29th, 2016

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

Insomnia is one of the most commonly reported health complaints among American adults: about 1/3 of us experience difficulty falling or staying asleep. Poor sleep can negatively impact mood, relationships and job performance. While you can’t work harder to force yourself to sleep, you can work smarter.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia is a short-term, solution-focused approach that can help you overcome insomnia with cognitive and behavioral strategies that have been proven effective at improving sleep without or with reduced use of sleep medication.

Working with a psychologist who specializes in CBT-I will help you understand how your thoughts and perceptions about sleep affect your actual ability to fall and stay asleep, how to reframe your thoughts and beliefs about your sleep and sleep-related struggles, and how to optimize your sleep habits for longer, deeper, better sleep. You will also learn how daily stressors and even medical conditions can impact your sleep and learn coping strategies.

With commitment to CBT-I, you will learn how to:

  • Determine your actual sleep needs
  • Shift your thoughts and behaviors about sleep from negative to positive
  • Strengthen your sleep system
  • Create the right physical and mental environment for sleep
  • Manage stress
  • Employ relaxation response techniques
  • Reduce or eliminate dependency on sleep medication

CBT-I is ideal for adults who:

  • Have difficulty falling or staying asleep at least 2-3 times per week.
  • Are experiencing a life transition or stressful life event.
  • Are college students adjusting to living away from home and/or with a roommate.
  • Want to avoid or reduce sleep medication usage.
  • Can commit to attending regular sessions and completing “homework” on a regular basis for approximately 8-12 weeks.

For more information or to find a CPA psychologist who specializes in CBT-I, please call us at (617) 259-1895 or fill out our brief online intake form.

CBT-I was recently featured in a New York Times Well column. Click here to check it out.

Welcoming New Clinicians, Continued!

August 9th, 2016

Last week we welcomed Drs. Crowe, Tecce, and Khaira to the clinical team at CPA. This week we are thrilled to introduce two more clinicians who are providing services at our new Newton-Wellesley office: Gretchen Schoenfield, Ph.D. and Anna Cassel, Ph.D.

Gretchen Schoenfield, Ph.D.

Dr. Schoenfield is a clinical neuropsychologist who provides neuropsychological evaluation of adults with neurological, medical, and other cognitive concerns. She has expertise in the assessment of dementia, brain injury, stroke and vascular disease, movement disorders, epilepsy, demyelinating disease, ADHD and learning disorders, and cognitive and emotional effects of industrial injury. She also has specialized training in pre-surgical evaluation for deep brain stimulation.

Dr. Schoenfield conducts comprehensive assessments of cognitive, psychological and academic functioning. Drawing from multiple sources of information, she collaborates with clients to help them understand their strengths and vulnerabilities with the goal of optimizing daily functioning and quality of life. She provides clients with detailed feedback about test results, diagnostic impressions, and individualized functional recommendations.

Dr. Schoenfield received her doctoral degree in school psychology with a neuropsychology specialization from the University of Arizona. She completed a clinical psychology internship with the Southern Arizona Psychology Internship Consortium with La Frontera Arizona and a specialized two-year clinical neuropsychology fellowship through the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium at Neuropsychology Ltd./HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson. Prior to joining CPA, Dr. Schoenfield worked as a neuropsychologist, rehabilitation psychologist, and clinical supervisor at the Center for Neurosciences in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Schoenfield offers neuropsychological evaluations in our Newton-Wellesley office.

Anna Cassel, Ph.D.

Dr. Cassel is a clinical psychologist and CBT therapist who specializes in health psychology and behavioral medicine, with a particular emphasis in helping clients with chronic pain conditions. In addition, she works with clients coping with a variety of health concerns, including: obesity, weight management, smoking cessation, diabetes, insomnia, infectious diseases, and degenerative medical conditions. Dr. Cassel also works with clients who are experiencing depression and anxiety. She uses a holistic and collaborative approach to psychotherapy, with an emphasis on using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and biofeedback techniques. Dr. Cassel strives to develop a supportive environment in which clients can become empowered by learning techniques that will help them better cope with their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Dr. Cassel returns to CPA where she saw clients in our Newton Corner office for three years before leaving to help develop primary care mental health integration services at Cambridge Health Alliance. In this role, she served as a consultant for primary care providers, saw primary care patients for a short-term solution focused treatment, and supervised therapists at 11 CHA primary care sites.

Dr. Cassel completed her doctoral training at the University of Maine, and completed internship training at the VA Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland School of Medicine Psychology Internship Consortium. While on internship, she specialized in working with health populations, with a secondary specialization in treating post-traumatic stress disorder. Her post-doctoral residency was completed at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in primary care mental health integration. Since her residency, she has continued to gain invaluable experience in helping clients to cope with both their physical health and mental health concerns in various settings. Dr. Cassel offers psychotherapy and behavioral medicine services in our Newton-Wellesley location.




A Warm Welcome to New Members of our Clinical Team

August 3rd, 2016

It’s been a tremendous year of growth at CPA. We are proud to introduce and welcome three new clinicians who have joined our practice this summer: Jefferson Crowe, Psy.D. is providing counseling and therapy for adults and couples in our Financial District office, Marielena Tecce, Psy.D. is providing counseling and therapy for adolescents and adults in Newton Corner, and Simreet Khaira, M.D. is providing psychiatry and medication management services for adults and adolescents in Back Bay.


Jefferson Crowe, Psy.D.
Dr. Crowe provides individual and couples therapy for late adolescents and adults. He practices from an interpersonal, relational perspective, and emphasizes the establishment of an authentic and trusting relationship with clients. Dr. Crowe believes that therapy experiences should be collaborative, dynamic, and unique. He works with clients to deepen their self-awareness and discover new ways of relating in order to develop more satisfying and meaningful connections with the important people in their lives.
Dr. Crowe has a range of interests and specialty areas including:

  • Relationship Issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum & Developmental Disabilities
  • Men & Masculinity
  • Couples Counseling
  • Complex Relationship Histories
  • LGBTQ & Identity Development
  • Life Transitions

Dr. Crowe received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver and Master’s degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Northern Colorado’s Counseling Center, and most recently worked as the Director of Psychological Services at College Living Experience in Denver, CO.

Marielena Tecce, Psy.D.

Dr. Tecce is a licensed psychologist with extensive experience in the treatment and psychological assessment of adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Tecce utilizes an integrative approach to therapy that incorporates relational, psychodynamic, insight-oriented, family systems, and cognitive-behavioral interventions. Dr. Tecce tailors her approach to meet the individual needs of her clients to create a safe environment for them to explore and share. She is emotionally present and flexible while incorporating humor. She is accepting adolescent clients as well as adults.

Dr. Tecce’s clinical interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Children and families in high conflict divorce
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Oppositional youth
  • Emerging adults and college students
  • Navigating life transitions
  • Academic and career concerns
  • Stress management
  • Grief and loss
  • Acculturation issues
  • First time therapy clients

Dr. Tecce received her doctoral degree from Antioch University New England and a master’s degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at The Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) in Muncie, IN. The YOC is a multi-disciplinary residential treatment facility for children and adolescents (ages 7-18). There she conducted individual, group, and family therapy, and administered diagnostic and psychological evaluations to children and adolescents with severe psychopathology and complex trauma. Dr. Tecce also completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at William James College’s Center of Excellence for Children, Families, and the Law: Child and Family Evaluation Service (CAFES). At CAFES, Dr. Tecce took on a role as a guardian ad litem (GAL) and conducted court-ordered psychological and custody evaluations for families in high conflict divorce. She also provided parent mediation and co-led a court-ordered psychoeducational parent group for individuals in high conflict divorce. Dr. Tecce is also certified in Child and Family Forensics.

Simreet Khaira, M.D.

Dr. Khaira is a Boston child & adult psychiatrist who offers psychiatric diagnostic assessments, medication consultation, psychopharmacology, and psychotherapy services. She is interested in psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavioral approaches, and enjoys working with adults as well as children and families. She treats a wide array of mental health issues and diagnoses. Employing a warm and culturally sensitive approach, Dr. Khaira aims to align and work together in symptom alleviation, problem solving, and meaningful exploration.

Dr. Khaira believes in the power of psychoeducation, non-judgmental and reflective listening, the importance of a therapeutic alliance, and collaboration in treatment planning. She believes that mental health is an important public health issue and that good quality of life is imperative. Dr. Khaira finds working with and helping those who are suffering deeply rewarding.

After graduating high school in California, Dr. Khaira attended medical school at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal in India. She completed the roughly 6 year program and found her passion for psychiatry as she advanced in her training, ultimately finding outpatient work to be particularly of interest. Dr. Khaira completed her Adult Psychiatry Residency training at Tufts Medical Center and went on to complete a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center.

TMS Therapy for Depression Now Available at CPA in Boston

July 26th, 2016

TMS Therapy for Depression

Commonwealth Psychology Associates is now offering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy. TMS Therapy is an FDA-approved breakthrough non-medication, non-invasive treatment for patients who continue to experience depressive symptoms despite therapy and anti-depressant medication treatment or those who are unable to tolerate the side effects of medication. CPA is the only independent, outpatient mental health practice with TMS Therapy services in the city of Boston.

If you agree with two or more of these statements, ask us about TMS Therapy:

  • Depression symptoms continue to interfere with my daily life.
  • I am not satisfied with the results I get from depression medication.
  • I have had, or have worried about, side effects from depression medications.
  • I have had to switch medications for depression due to side effects.
  • I am interested in a proven, non-pharmacological therapy for depression.

This video describes a client experience with TMS Therapy:

How It Works

TMS Therapy uses a magnetic pulse similar to that of an MRI and works by stimulating areas of the brain that are underactive in patients with severe depression.  As each magnetic pulse passes through the skull and into the brain, this induces brief activity of brain cells underlying the treatment coil. TMS Therapy has been shown to produce changes in neuronal activity in regions of the brain implicated in mood regulation, such as the prefrontal cortex.

TMS Therapy is done on an outpatient basis by prescription only and under the supervision of a psychiatrist. During treatment, the patient is awake and seated in a comfortable chair. A device, about the size of a cupped hand, rests lightly on the head and delivers a series of targeted magnetic pulses that stimulate the part of the brain involved with regulation of mood.

Treatment is typically administered five days a week for four to six weeks. Patients are awake and alert during treatments lasting approximately 37 minutes and may return to their daily routine immediately afterwards.

This video will show you what to expect:

Side Effects

Because it is not a depression drug, TMS Therapy is free from the side effects that patients often experience when they take antidepressant medication. Neurostar® TMS Therapy is an FDA-approved device and TMS therapy has been proven safe and effective in over 20 years of research on the treatment of depression. For more information about side effects and risks, please see below.

For more information about TMS Therapy or to inquire about treatment, please call us at (617) 259-1895 or fill out a brief online intake form at We’re here to help.



What Are The Side Effects of TMS Therapy?

TMS is well-tolerated and associated with few side effects. Only a small percentage of patients discontinue treatment because of side effects. The most common side effect, which is reported in about half of patients treated with TMS, is headaches. These are mild and generally diminish over the course of the treatment.  Over-the-counter pain medication can be used to treat these headaches.

About one third of patients may experience painful scalp sensations or facial twitching with TMS pulses. These too tend to diminish over the course of treatment although adjustments can be made immediately in coil positioning and stimulation settings to reduce discomfort.

The TMS machine produces a loud noise and because of this earplugs or headphones are given to the patient to use during the treatment. However, some patients may still complain of hearing problems immediately following treatment. No evidence suggests these effects are permanent if earplugs are worn during the treatment.

TMS has not been associated with many of the side effects caused by antidepressant medications, such as gastrointestinal upset, dry mouth, sexual dysfunction, weight gain, or sedation.

The most serious risk of TMS is seizures.  However, the risk of a seizure is exceedingly low.

CPA Opens 4th Location in Newton-Wellesley

July 13th, 2016

We are excited to announce that our 4th office, located in Newton-Wellesley, will open on August 1, 2016. Check out the press release! We are now accepting clients for August appointments in the new office.

CPA Opens 4th Location in Newton-Wellesley

Expands Neuropsychological Testing, Adolescent Services, ADHD treatment.

BOSTON, Mass. – July 12, 2016 – Commonwealth Psychology Associates (CPA), a leader in behavioral healthcare, has again responded to the growing demand for behavioral health services by adding a fourth location in Newton-Wellesley. The new office will open August 1, 2016 and will offer several specialized services including ADHD diagnosis & treatment, neuropsychological evaluation, health psychology, and non-medication treatments for attention and cognitive problems.

“We are excited about our continued growth and believe that our expansion will help more people access treatment, “ said Dr. Andrea Piatt, founder and CEO of CPA. She also said that CPA has grown every year since opening in 2004, which she believes reflects the ever-increasing demand for modern, evidence-based behavioral healthcare services within the community. “Medical providers, employers and the general public now recognize the benefits of utilizing behavioral healthcare to manage stress, improve overall health and feel better in daily life,” she said. “We feel fortunate to be able to help so many people feel better everyday.”

CPA also will be expanding services for adolescents in the existing Newton Corner location. “With the new office space, we are re-deploying our staff and bringing on new clinicians who specialize in treating adolescents,” Dr. Piatt said. Given the significant shortage of psychologists and psychiatrists who are trained to work with younger clients, the expansion of these services is essential for improving access to care. Counseling can be helpful for adolescents who are dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, grief, and relationships with friends and family.

Located at 2 Newton Executive Park in Newton, the new office is easily accessed from the Mass Pike, I-95 and Rt. 16. The convenient location and ample free parking will make it easier for students and families residing outside of Boston to access CPA’s signature behavioral health services. The Newton-Wellesley office is now accepting clients for August appointments. To learn more about CPA services, clinicians, insurance plans accepted, or to inquire about scheduling an appointment, new clients are encouraged to visit to complete a brief online inquiry or call (617) 259-1895.

About Commonwealth Psychology Associates

The standard in behavioral healthcare, CPA is a multi-disciplinary psychological counseling and behavioral health center dedicated to providing collaborative, state of the art assessment and treatment. CPA has four locations in Boston and Newton, MA, where approximately 40 doctoral psychologists, neuropsychologists, and psychopharmacologists offer specialty services, including:  health psychology, stress management training, biofeedback, neuropsychological evaluation, ADHD diagnosis and treatment, medication consultation, and much more.

Since opening in 2004, CPA has helped over 15,000 clients lead happier, healthier lives and has been named a 2012 “Top 100 Woman Led Business.” CPA’s dedication to promoting healthy, positive workplaces has been reflected in its designation as a 2014 & 2015 “Top Workplace” by the Boston Globe.

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The BWell Top 10 List

June 6th, 2016

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Note: Dr. Mary Anderson created the BWell blog for Commonwealth Psychology Associates over a year ago so we thought it was a good time to reflect on and review some of the most important messages she’s shared. Here are Dr. Anderson’s Top 10 BWell Takeaways from the past year.


BWell Top Ten Takeaways

By Dr. Mary Anderson

  1. Daily habits have an enormous power to either enhance or decrease our overall health and well-being. Make daily choices mindfully, as patterns and habits often develop quicker than we realize. What you do today matters.
  2. Gratitude & generous action are key to happiness in life.
  3. Develop a healthy sleep routine—it’s essential for good health and well-being.
  4. Setting small, doable goals will help you keep moving forward.
  5. Find a way to relax every day (even if it’s only for a few minutes or breaths.)
  6. Find a way to move your body every day (any type of physical activity counts.)
  7. Always have something pleasant or meaningful coming up to look forward to.
  8. Practice being mindful in your daily activities—walk outside and notice the sights and sounds of nature, don’t text while driving or walking, savor the taste of your food while eating.
  9. Find ways to spend time with people who are supportive, kind, make you laugh, are committed to being healthy, or inspire you to be your best self.
  10. Make time for self-care (i.e. sleep, exercise, good nutrition and hydration)—it will help you enjoy a happier and healthier life.Apple-with-heart_0

Inspirational Quotation: “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”–Confucius


20 Spring Cleaning Ideas For Your Health

May 3rd, 2016

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By Dr. Mary Anderson

20 Spring Cleaning Ideas For Your Health

Spring is a beautiful season—filled with increasingly warmer weather and new growth in nature. It’s also a great time for all of us to open the windows and let fresh air into our daily routines (especially if some less-than-helpful habits began during the darker days of winter.) Here are 20 ideas for how to enjoy healthier and happier days starting this season:

  1. Meet up with a friend to take a walk outside and catch up with one another
  2. Put fresh flowers in your home
  3. Attend an outdoor concert, charity event, or other pleasant community activity
  4. Clean up your living space and put away any winter boots/clothes
  5. Take a journal, sketch pad or coloring book and pencils outside for some creative time in nature
  6. Run or walk in a local 5k race
  7. Get outside and garden—notice the sights, smells, and sounds of nature
  8. Set at least 1 doable goal to work on this month (i.e., start eating breakfast every day, buy a reusable water bottle and use it daily to increase water intake, try a new class at the gym)
  9. Identify at least 3 things each day you are grateful for
  10. Buy tickets to a concert, show, or sporting event in the summer—to have something nice to look forward to
  11. Eat at least 1 additional serving of fresh vegetables every day
  12. Call, text, or email a friend or family member you haven’t seen in a while
  13. Get off the bus or subway a few stops early and get some extra steps in during your day
  14. Create a new playlist with some inspiring, upbeat music for this new season
  15. Enjoy walking around a local farmers’ market—buy some fresh produce, flowers, or arts/crafts
  16. Sign up for a new class or volunteer opportunity
  17. Set your alarm to get up at the same time every morning (& commit to not using the snooze button)
  18. Find a new book to read
  19. Make time for at least 2 minutes of meditation every day
  20. Plan a trip to somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

Encouraging Action: What is one new thing you could do this spring to improve your health and overall well-being? How could you start working on that one new thing today?

Inspirational Quotation: “Nature is infinitely creative.  It is always producing the possibility of new beginnings.”—Marianne Williamson

Aging and Concerns About Memory & Attention

April 28th, 2016

It is not uncommon for adults in their 40s and 50s to have concerns about cognitive changes they may be experiencing such as memory loss or attention problems. Many worry that their growing forgetfulness or other changes might reflect early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. For others, a growing awareness of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder leads some older adults to wonder if maybe they have suffered with ADHD their entire lives. Although many people raise these concerns with their primary care physicians, it can be difficult to fully addresses concerns and find answers within the time constraints of a primary care appointment.

Neuropsychological evaluation services at Commonwealth Psychology Associates can help to determine whether one’s cognitive concerns are simply the product of normal, age-related cognitive changes or reflect a developing or pre-existing underlying neurological disorder.

Neuropsychological testing can be very useful in distinguishing normal, age-related changes from cognitive abnormalities, underlying neurodegenerative changes, or longstanding neurodevelopmental disorders by identifying cognitive deficits as well as a pattern of cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Importantly, neuropsychological testing can identify non-neurological factors such as mood disorders, anxiety, sleep difficulties, chronic pain, medical conditions (e.g., hypothyroidism, hypertension, sleep apnea) and other behavioral factors that can contribute to cognitive concerns. Neuropsychological testing for cognitive complaints in patients under the age of 65 can be especially useful. Although dementia is rare in this age group, concern about cognition is common, and neuropsychological testing can be reassuring for individuals who have specific concerns (e.g., a family history of dementia.)

At CPA, patients are seen for a diagnostic interview, 3-5 hours of testing, and a feedback session to discuss the results, diagnostic impressions, and recommendations. During the feedback session, our highly trained neuropsychologists discuss all of the factors that contribute to an individual’s cognitive complaints, including cognitive deficits identified during testing as well as other factors (stress, depression, anxiety, poor sleep habits, pain, medication side effects, etc.) that underlie their difficulties, regardless of whether testing results in a formal diagnosis. Clients receive a comprehensive report that summarizes test performances, diagnostic impressions, and recommendations to follow to improve daily functioning. At CPA, we ensure that our patient’s concerns are heard and thoroughly evaluated in order to give them peace of mind that they are receiving the care they require.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (617) 259-1895 or fill out a brief online intake form here.


Pain Management: 3 Powerful Tools

April 5th, 2016


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By Dr. Mary Anderson

3 Powerful Pain Management Tools

Arthritis, back and knee injuries, headaches, plantar fasciitis, cancer, fibromyalgia–numerous conditions exist that can cause significant pain and negatively impact a person’s daily routine, mood, and well-being. Here are 3 powerful tools to help manage pain and improve overall quality of life:

  1. Relaxation

Finding ways to manage stress and reduce muscular tension is essential for effective pain management. Try meditation, walking near the ocean, listening to peaceful music, or planning in pleasant, quiet activities. The Massachusetts General Hospital Benson-Henry Institute for  Mind Body Medicine provides fantastic instruction to assist with relaxation.  Learn more about their programs here.

  1. Exercise

Low-impact exercise and stretching can help keep muscles strong and flexible. Consult with your physician about exercise recommendations and aim to find a type of physical activity that seems doable and convenient. Here are some ideas: participate in aqua aerobics at your local YMCA, walk outside or on a treadmill, take tai chi or qigong classes, or try an exercise video at home. Peggy Cappy offers DVDs teaching gentle yoga, including: Easy Yoga for Arthritis, Easy Yoga for Easing Pain, and many more.  Click here. 

  1. Support

Getting extra support when living with pain can make it feel more manageable. The American Chronic Pain Association provides great information and resources.  Check out their website here. Additionally, seeking the assistance of a psychologist can also prove extremely helpful when coping with the stress of chronic pain.

An Additional Excellent Resource: Dr. John Otis’s Managing Chronic Pain Workbook details numerous effective skills and strategies for improved pain management. Check it out here.