Treatments & Services

Resilience Enhancement and Prevention Program: Our goal is to promote well-being by increasing emotional resilience

Resilience Enhancement and Prevention Program

ListeningThe main mission of our program is to help young people increase their resilience and develop better coping skills for managing stress. We focus on teaching skills that increase every day well-being for young men and women (ages 14 to 30) without a psychiatric illness, who may have had some trouble managing stress in the past or currently, or have one or more risk factors for developing psychiatric illnesses in the future—such as a close relative with a psychiatric illness, or traumatic experiences or other types of adversity during childhood.

The philosophy of the program is based on the idea that it is important to maintain and improve one’s mental health, just as it is to maintain one’s physical health by exercising and eating right, in order to prevent psychological problems from developing. In our courses, techniques that enhance different dimensions of well-being, including autonomy, personal growth, self-acceptance and satisfying relationships are taught. To find out more about us or to schedule an initial meeting, call (617) 724-2931. Most health insurance plans are accepted.

Who might benefit from this program?

Young women and men (ages 14-30) who:

  1. are doing well now but want to learn ways to maintain their emotional health or,
  2. are having some trouble managing their reactions to stress, including those who answer “yes” to any of these questions:
    • Have you had a tendency to get discouraged about life when under stress?
    • Are you very sensitive to criticism?
    • Do you have trouble calming down when you are upset?
    • Do you sometimes have trouble knowing what you are feeling?
    • Do you often feel that you are not as good or valuable as other people?
    • Do other people pay too much or too little attention to you?
    • Do you feel down a lot, or feel that you have to push yourself to get things done?
    • Does your mood sometimes change dramatically during a single day?
    • Do you have trouble enjoying when things go well for you, because of worrying that it was a fluke or won’t last?
    • Do you ever feel embarrassed about things you have done while intoxicated?
    • Does being around other people stress you out, so that you would rather be by yourself most of the time?
    • Do you sometimes feel that you are very different from everyone else –that people can’t relate to you, or you can’t relate to them?
    • Do you ever feel like you are going crazy?

What do we offer?

  • Individual consultations, which include an overall assessment of areas of emotional strength and vulnerability, as well as suggestions for lifestyle changes and /or recommendation for services that may be helpful.
  • Skills training programs: These short courses teach resilience building with a focus on psychological and behavioral changes that promote greater well-being. Emotion regulation and interpersonal skills are also emphasized.
  • Recommendations regarding: managing/reducing harmful substance use, mindfulness and meditation training, neuroprotective natural medicines.

Who are we?