Lifestyle & Mind Body Medicine
Dr. Hirschberg offers virtual individual and group programs to promote well-being and resilience. She offers one time lifestyle medicine consultations as well as ongoing coaching sessions. She also offers a 8 week group mind body health program which is a modified version of the SMART (Stress Management and Resiliency Training) program. The SMART program was designed by the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and it provides education regarding the physiologic stress response and identify stressors and the negative automatic thinking that can often occur as part of the stress response. The program also teaches the Relaxation Response (the buffer to the stress response) as well as other cognitive behavioral and positive psychology skills. The Mind Body Health program also involves weekly goal setting to practice the Relaxation Response as well as to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Dr. April Hirschberg received her BA in English from the University of New Hampshire and her MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where she was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her residency in adult psychiatry at the MGH/ McLean Combined Psychiatry Program in 2006 and has since remained on staff in the MGH Department of Psychiatry first in the Center for Women’s Mental Health and later in the MGH Cancer Center. She is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has completed Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) Certification with the MGH Benson- Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. Since 2018 she has been leading stress management and resiliency programs for individuals with cancer at MGH and is starting a program for individuals with hereditary cancer syndromes. She is board certified in Lifestyle Medicine through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and is a certified Health and Well-being Coach by the Wellcoaches School of Coaching.
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