Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral Medicine is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the association between behavior and health. We work with patients to restore and enhance function to optimize quality of life regardless of the health challenge.
“Treating the whole person” is our basic philosophy.

Through research and clinical practice, we focus on disease prevention, wellness, chronic illness and pain, as well as symptom management.

We use evidence-based (research validated) cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and other methods to promote health behavior change and work with your treatment team.

  • Surgery preparation, including weight reduction, orthopedic, stoma, or other surgery

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Chronic pain

  • Obesity

  • Binge eating

  • Diabetes management

  • Coping with memory and attention problems

  • Palliative care

  • Chronic illness management

  • Stress management

  • Wellness, health behavior modification

  • Mild traumatic brain injury, sport injury, etc.

  • Cardiac care

  • Physician practice consultation

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Our office hours are from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday (with the exception of major holidays). We may be reached at (207) 973-4037.

We require that your primary care or other physician make a referral for your first appointment, and will ask for them to send us any pertinent records from your medical chart. For your first evaluation, patients meet with a behavioral medicine psychologist to better understand the situation and a plan can be developed to include one or more of the following:

  • A series of individual appointments, usually 6-12 visits

  • One time consultations and planning

  • Flexible treatment planning for those who live far away

  • Referral to additional supports and resources

We strive to keep appointments running on time. We realize that you may experience an emergency that causes you to be late or miss an appointment. Please be aware that you may be asked to reschedule if you arrive more than 15 minutes late for your scheduled appointment. If something comes up, please contact the office as soon as possible to allow us to fill that appointment time with another patient. A 24-hour cancellation notice is appreciated.

Pre-registering for appointments allows us to have your paperwork ready when you arrive. Please call EMMC's Pre-Registration Hotline toll-free at 1-888-973-8900 or if your call is local, 973-8900. Representatives are available Monday through Friday 7 am to 7 pm. You can leave a message after hours and you will receive a call back from a representative. You can also pre-register online by clicking here.

Our practice is dedicated to your privacy and confidentiality. By law, we are only able to speak to the patient or medical power of attorney/legal guardian unless an authorization to release health care information (ROI) form has been completed.

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Are you having a Behavioral or Mental Health Crisis?

If you are experiencing a behavioral or mental health crisis, please contact the Behavioral Health Resource Center at Northern Light Acadia Hospital any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, at 1.207.973.6100. If you or someone you care about is having thoughts of suicide or thoughts of harm, please call 911 or one of the following numbers. Caring people are standing by to help.
For Veterans:
  • Maine Military Assistance Hotline (for those currently serving): 1.888.365.9287