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Ann Webster, Ph.D.

Psychologist

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Overview

Qualifications:
  • Years in Practice: 28 + Years
  • License No. and State: MA4920 Massachusetts (license state differs from location state)
Background:

Ann Webster, Ph.D., is a scientist and a health psychologist at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is the director of the Mind/Body Cancer Program, Healthy Lifestyles, and Successful Aging. She earned her doctoral degree in health psychology at Albert Einstein Medical School/Yeshiva University.

For 28 years, she has been lecturing on mind/body health and conducting Healthy Lifestyles workshops at various corporations, such as SunLife Financial, State Street Bank, Tufts Hospital, Fidelity, and at the Smithsonian, Suffolk Law School, Boston Center for Adult Education, and numerous hospitals and universities all over the world. She was a major contributor to “The Wellness Book” and the director of “21st Century Medicine” on Brookline Access Television. She is currently writing a book entitled “Aging Without An Expiration Date” and working on a documentary, “Everything Matters,” based on the lives of five of her patients who were told they did not have a long time to live. Five, 10, 15, even 28 years later, they are alive and thriving.

Specialties

Dr. Webster specializes in Mind/Body Medicine tailored to the unique conditions of her patients and teaches mind/body techniques to other health care professionals at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Webster sees patients at end-of-life who seek palliative care. She works at the Benson Henry Institute and Mass General Hospital in Boston and sees patients in her private practice in New York.

Age Groups:
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

Methodology

My Approach:

Ann Webster, Ph.D.. offers self-care techniques to people who have a great deal of stress in their lives and to people who have serious health problems. These techniques reduce stress, prevent illness, maximize health and promote healing. They are also very empowering.

The first technique Dr. Webster teaches to her patients is the Relaxation Response, a state of quiet in the mind and the body. It calms down the sympathetic nervous system. It takes just 15 minutes, and patients receive her relaxation CD so they can practice at home. The Relaxation Response has been shown to reduce many physical symptoms and improve mood. It also helps people to stay in the “now,” which is all we really have.

She also offers cognitive therapy (stress warning signs), a simple technique that helps people recognize and challenge their negative, distorted, non-beneficial ways of thinking and replace them with more rational, positive thoughts. People discover new ways of being and thinking—they become more resilient.

Mind/body medicine also asks people to look at lifestyle habits, including nutrition, yoga, other forms of exercise, sleep and rest, humor, spirituality, gratitude, and having meaning and purpose in one’s life. She discusses all of these with her patients.

Treatment Orientation:
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Family / Marital
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Narrative
  • Relational
  • Transpersonal
Modality:
  • Individuals
  • Groups

Finances

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Location

Address:

470 West End Ave, New York, NY 10024

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