brnedOur Approach

At MGH, the behavioral medicine service delivers primarily short-term, skills-based, structured cognitive behavioral interventions. Referrals may include (but are not limited to) for the following types of patients:

-- Patients with chronic illness and a mental health disorder (e.g., depression) who would benefit from a structured, skills based, cognitive-behavioral structured intervention.

-- Patients who are experiencing distress that may be affecting their health (e.g., a cardiology patient who requires stress management).

-- Patients with no psychiatric diagnosis but who may need help with coping with a chronic or acute medical illness. Treatment targets may include adjusting to a new diagnosis, increasing self care, or treatment/medication adherence, among others.

About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the primary treatments used within the BMED Service. This specific behavior therapy has proved to be highly effective in a short period of time across multiple medical conditions.

The BMED Service has extensive experience in applying cognitive behavioral therapy to with numerous medical conditions such as HIV, diabetes (Type 1 and 2), cancer, epilepsy, pain, and others.

What to Expect

Our treatment programs begin with an evaluation, which typically takes one to two visits. At the end of the evaluation the patient and the treatment provider will discuss the goals of the intervention and a plan for achieving these goals. After that, the treatment program itself typically lasts 8 to 16 weekly sessions.

We specifically treat patients whose difficulties include a medical or health related problem. Individuals with a psychiatric disorder or psychological problem that does not involve a medical/health related problem but would require a similar short-term skills-based treatment, can be referred to the cognitive behavioral therapy program.

Scheduling an Appointment or Making a Referral

For prospective patients: If you are interested in an initial evaluation with one of our providers you can request a referral from your MGH primary care provider or you may also call the MGH Psychiatry Outpatient Triage Line at 617-724-7792, and specifically state that you are interested in a referral to Behavioral Medicine. You will then be matched to a provider by insurance panel and provider availability. Due to the numerous requests that we receive, priority is given to individuals with an MGH primary care provider.

For prospective referrers: If you would like to refer a patient to us, please call the MGH Psychiatry Outpatient Triage Line at 617-724-7792, and specifically state that you would like to refer a patient to Behavioral Medicine. If you have questions about our services or the referral process, please contact Dr. Andres Bedoya.

The psychiatry department at MGH does not accept all insurances and the individual providers vary from not accepting any insurance to being able to accept the full spectrum that this department participates in. If patients do not have an insurance accepted by the program, they may elect to self-pay if allowed by insurance.


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