Programs and Services
"Things are so good…I now stay away from sugar and white starches…I have no hot flashes…I exercise and have lost weight…and I meditate. I love it. I wish I had found you earlier in life…I tell all my friends. Thank you, thank you, thank YOU!"Elizabeth Duff
Former Patient,
Mind Over Menopause
With life expectancy now reaching beyond age 80, women can expect to live perhaps a third of their lives post-menopausally. Many report these years as a time of increased confidence and feelings of empowerment. However, the menopause transition can be a difficult one. Maybe you've endured night sweats, hot flashes, and especially severe PMS. Until recently, the only treatment mainstream medicine offered women reaching midlife was "one-size-fits-all" hormone supplements, now very controversial. Mind Over Menopause, our Mind/Body Program for Perimenopause/Menopause, provides self-care alternatives that relieve symptoms and lead women on the path to healthy behaviors that will last a lifetime.

Over weekly two-and-one-half hour sessions, we will help you:

Reduce/manage physical symptoms including hot flashes, headaches, insomnia, and changes in mood and sexuality
Understand the hormonal changes that occur during perimenopause/menopause
Regain a sense of control and well-being
Make informed choices that can help promote lifelong health

Led by Leslee Kagan - a nurse practitioner and author of the book, Mind Over Menopause - with visits from our staff nutritionist, exercise therapist, and yoga teacher, the program combines lecture, skills training, symptom monitoring, and group sharing to enable patients to take control of their health.

Elements of the program include:

Elicitation of the relaxation response through numerous techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, imagery, and mindfulness
Examination and challenging of negative thought patterns
Recommendations for proper nutrition, plus a discussion of "food as medicine"
Tips for designing an exercise program suited to your needs
Information to help in decision-making regarding HT and natural alternatives
Assessment of risk factors for cardiac disease and osteoporosis

We think you'll find the group format especially beneficial; many of our patients stay connected to fellow group members after the program ends and some even return to assist with subsequent groups.

If you cannot attend our weekly program, we also offer individual counseling/therapy visits and occasional workshops.

Program results demonstrated a greater than 50% reduction in hot flashes and night sweats. Research has shown that mind/body interventions also results in lower blood pressure, improved sleep, decreased depression, anxiety, and anger, and an increased sense of well-being.

More Information
The Mind/Body Program for Perimenopause / Menopause is directed by Leslee Kagan, MS, NP. To register, please call Tara Fay at
617.991.0102 X232 or email tfay@mbmi.org
Program and Billing Information
Published Research
Mind Over Menopause book
News Clips
Herbert Benson, MD President,
Mind Body Medical Institute and
Mind Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School.