News Release

August 12, 2008

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Minimizing Stress and Anxiety

Empowering Eight-Week Program at UConn Health Center

FARMINGTON, CONN. – This fall, the University of Connecticut Health Center will offer two eight-week group therapy programs to help people reduce anxiety, depression and stress-related problems. The program combines cognitive behavioral practices, meditation and gentle yoga.

Two programs of the Personal Health Improvement class will run weekly at the 10 Talcott Notch Medical Office in Farmington. One group will meet in the evening, starting Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The second group will meet in the morning, starting Thursday, Sept. 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Both groups will be facilitated by Norman Andrekus, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience in developing the mind-body connection through the study of Buddhism, yoga and behavioral medicine.

Dr. Andrekus employs interactive lectures, discussions and small group activities to help participants learn how to reduce stress and respond to everyday situations more effectively.

“Research shows that chronic symptoms such as pain, fatigue, ongoing headaches, insomnia and depression can be related to everyday stress and moods. The skills learned in this program help participants learn to recognize their typical reactions to daily stress, and show them new ways to change negative patterns,” Dr. Andrekus said.

“Anyone who is experiencing ongoing stress-related physical symptoms, chronic illness or other pain, discomfort or imbalance in their lives may want to take a serious look at this program. Though the program meets for only eight weeks, we hope to give participants tools and resources they can draw upon throughout their lives,” Dr. Andrekus added.

Class registration is limited. For more information, including information about insurance coverage, call 860-679-6700, option 3, and ask for Virginia.

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