Stress Management and Resiliency Training:

A Relaxation Response Resiliency Program ™

The Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) program was developed by the Benson-Henry Institute of Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. The program will help you develop self-care practices to manage your stress and build resilience so that you are less emotionally and physically vulnerable to stress.


Through this program, you will learn how to recognize your personal response to stress, different mind-body techniques to promote the relaxation response, and positive adaptive strategies. The SMART program can help improve many medical conditions including anxiety, mild to moderate depression, chronic pain, headaches or insomnia.

As a Benson-Henry Institute SMART Certified Healthcare Practitioner, Dr. Mercado delivers this program as an educational workshop offered in a group format. Each group will consist of about 8-15 people. Sessions will be held online two hours per week for eight weeks.

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you
to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brownn

Please note that these workshops are NOT psychotherapy groups. Dr. Mercado’s role in these workshops is as a leader, educator, and facilitator. Participation in this workshop does not create a psychiatrist/physician-patient relationship between the participant and Dr. Mercado.

The 8-week SMART Program costs $550 per person. This is a self-pay fee.

Refund Policy:
∙Full refunds less a $125 cancellation fee will be made with at least 3 business days’ (72 business hours) notice prior to the program start date.
∙Full refunds less a $225 cancellation fee will be made with less than 3 business days’ notice through attendance at the first session. No further refund is available after this point.
∙No refunds/returns will be made for materials received/purchased.

Dr. Mercado offers only a limited number of sessions, and the next training is expected to start in October 2022. Workshops are usually scheduled in the late afternoon or in the evening. If you are interested in joining the next training workshop, please fill out the form below to place yourself on the waiting list. You may also send an email to with your name and email address. We will contact you as soon as we finalize the dates for the next training workshop.