Medical Psychology Classes

Mind Body Medicine

Led by UnityPoint Health - Meriter Health Psychologists Gretchen A. Diem, PhD, and Shelly Komondoros, PhD.,  this group will help you recognize the sources of stress in your life and teach you how to manage stress-related symptoms and illnesses. Learn More.

Am I Hungry?®

"Am I Hungry" is an 8-week comprehensive lifestyle and weight management program that provides mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral tools in addition to fitness and nutrition education to guide participants toward sustainable, healthy lifestyle changes.

This workshop should be covered by most insurance plans. All classes will be held on Thursdays from 3:00 - 5:00pm at the UnityPoint Health - Meriter - Wellness Center, located at 2601 W. Beltline Hwy, Suite 207 in Madison. 

Please check-in each week at Heart & Vascular Institute, Suite 200. Health Psychologists, Dr. Gretchen Diem and Dr. Shelly Komondoros, will co-facilitate these workshops. Space is limited for this workshop; advanced registration is required. Learn more.

Chronic Illness Support Group

Led by Health Psychologist Dr. Gretchen Diem, the goal of this group is to offer a supportive environment in which patients can learn how to better cope and manage their various chronic health conditions. Although there may be a copay, the group is likely to be covered by most insurance plans.

This group will be offered every other month on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at Health Psychology, located within the Heart & Vascular Institute at 2601 W. Beltline Hwy, Suite 300 on the third floor. Call (608) 417-2090 to register or for more information.

Cognitive Behavioral Pain Management Groups

Group 1: Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Pain

  • Clarify the difference between acute vs. persistent pain
  • Learn about the bio-psycho-social model of pain
  • Learn about stages of treatment for persistent pain to understand emotional roller coaster
  • Understand the relationship between pain and stress
  • Learn what is most helpful in coping with pain (i.e. pacing, increased functional activity, relaxation, etc.)
  • Understand the connections between events, thoughts, feelings, and actions in the pain experience
  • Learn to monitor thoughts/self-talk and impact on how you feel
  • Learn how to pace yourself and set healthy limits
  • Learn how to balance activity and rest to increase function
  • Learn progressive muscle relaxation and body scan exercises
  • Learn how to find social and emotional support
  • Identify and set personal goals for behavior change in spite of pain

Group 2: Finding the Healing Force From Within (Must complete group 1)

  • Learn how to minimize pain behaviors and why (What are you signaling to others?)
  • How to communicate better with your doctor and others (assertiveness and expressing needs)
  • How to be productive and maintain life purpose (What good am I?)
  • Identification of motivational challenges to rehabilitation (What gets in the way of you moving forward?)
  • How your lifestyle can affect your pain (What about nutrition, sleep, tiredness?)
  • Comfort for severe pain episodes-dealing with setbacks (But it's really bad.)
  • Don't let pain ruin your relationships (No one understands.)
  • Learning the power of deep relaxation and visual imagery
  • Learn how to maximize the body's natural healing abilities (Finding natural pain relief)

For more information on either of these Cognitive Behavioral Pain Management Groups, contact the Rehabilitation Psychology office at (608) 417-6175.