Valley Stress Reduction
Northampton, Massachusetts

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Testimonials

Comments from previous participants in the Stress Reduction Program:


Why did you come to the Stress Reduction Program?
"I lost my anchor. About 15 years ago as I was progressing through my divorce, I had to develop a number of tools to cope with the resulting anxiety and despair. (It was a long road.)"

How did the program affect you?
"Currently, with another particularly challenging time in my life, I learned how to re-gain access to those tools and add a few new ones with our class. I am so grateful for the solid start back to a grounded, peace-filled existence!"

- RC (Spring 2014)


Why did you come to the Stress Reduction Program?
"Iíve been hoping to become more skillful in how I deal with challenging family and work situations."

How did the program affect you?
"Iím not sure that Iíve become more skillful, but the work is extremely valuable and points me in the right direction. There are many more layers of habitual patterns to peel away. Jeanie Erlbaum is a wonderful, genuine, and inspiring teacher. "

- anonymous (Spring 2014)


Why did you come to the Stress Reduction Program?
"My life sucked! The pain of an unexpected divorce, a serious illness, and the debilitating side effects of the meds felt insurmountable. I needed some immediate serious help and change. "

How did the program affect you?
"I have known about MBSR since its inception. I knew that eventually I would find my way. Having Jeannie Erlbaum guide the 8 week class and fall retreat was THE powerful and healing difference. She is the real deal. Her background teaching yoga and meditating for over 40 years made this an invaluable experience. I am very grateful to her and to CDH."

- anonymous (Spring 2014)


Why did you come to the Stress Reduction Program?
"I came to the program to reduce stress in my life--to take time to help myself be more present in my life."

How did the program affect you?
"I feel that I have learned some techniques to meditate, and Ellen has a very kind and supportive manner that facilitates this process. Her voice is also lovely--which is important in getting the message across!"

- Jane L., local artist (May 2011)


Why did you come to the Stress Reduction Program?
"I participated in the program to learn ways to cope with many life difficulties -- grief and other life transitions."

How did the program affect you?
"This program has been very beneficial. It has enabled me to better cope and plan my life."

- Dawn (2011)


Why did you come to the Stress Reduction Program?
"I saw the ad for the program listing several medical issues, most of which I have (psoriasis, asthma, depression, and others)."

How did the program affect you?
"Headaches and anxiety are less. Biggest change was with depression. This program dovetailed beautifully with therapy. I use what I learned in this program throughout my whole day. This program teaches you to become aware of the stress and tension held in your body-and then gives you the tools to relieve it. Ellen is a very approachable and friendly guide to meditation. Her availability ensured success to all."

- Cathy (2006)


Why did you come to the Stress Reduction Program?
"Anxiety and depression."

How did the program affect you?
"The class gave me a means for dealing with stress, both long term and on a day-to-day basis."

- KC (2006)


Why did you come to the Stress Reduction Program?
" I wanted to motivate myself to begin the mindfulness practices that I had been using when I previously took MBSR."

How did the program affect you?
"I am now motivated again, meditating, and doing yoga more regularly and feeling good and able to better tolerate stress."

- SW, Social Work Professor (2006)


Why did you come to the Stress Reduction Program?
"To deal with anxiety and depression, to slow down in my thinking and reactivity."

How did the program affect you?
"This program has helped me to be both calmer and more aware. I find I'm more optimistic and tolerant."

- Dee D. (2006)


Why did you come to the Stress Reduction Program?
"I had just moved to the area. I have had years of stress and have been working through changes. Noticed the ad in the paper and came."

How did the program affect you?
"To live, love, breathe, and be at Peace with myself!"

- Anonymous (2006)


Why did you come to the Stress Reduction Program?
"To see if I could learn to relax. To stop and "smell the roses" and focus in on all the good in my life. To learn to find peace more often in our busy world."

How did the program affect you?
"It taught me that I am capable of relaxing and this was no small feat. I was very relieved to know that this was possible --I did not think it was prior to learning with Ellen."

- an area dentist


Why did you come to the Stress Reduction Program?
"I've always wanted to do meditation, but could never get started."

How did the program affect you?
"Dr. Kaufman gave me the 'nuts and bolts' in a very warm and supportive atmosphere. My fellow classmates were also people I could learn from as we got a chance to talk about the process during class."

- anonymous