Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Location

Online


Program Details

  • 2.5 hours per class  
  • Meet once a week for 8-weeks
  • All-day silent retreat
  • Other materials to support practice

Class Fee

$400 per person


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Seniors (65+) 20% off
Healthcare workers 20% off
Other educators 20% off
Students (18+) 20% off

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is an 8-week evidenced based program that combines cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with mindfulness practices. MBCT operates on the theory that habitual negative thought can create a downward spiral, leading to unhappiness, depression and/or anxiety. Mindfulness helps us to become aware of these patterns, empowering ourselves to manage negative thoughts and moods in more healthful ways, reducing depression,  anxiety and stress.  This program is most beneficial from adults experiencing moderate depression or anxiety and people with a history of depression.

MBCT was developed by therapists Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale, who sought to build upon cognitive therapy. They felt that by integrating cognitive therapy with the Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), therapy could be more effective. 

MBCT operates on the theory that if you have a history of depression and become distressed, you are likely to return to those automatic cognitive processes that triggered a depressive episode in the past.

This program is most beneficial:

  • For those who have suffered from recurrent depression
  • For those who have been advised to remain on antidepressant medication for the rest of their life to prevent a recurrence, as MBCT may be a welcome alternative
  • For those interested in an opportunity to learn a new way of relating to unwanted thoughts and feelings and powerful skills for responding to them in an intentional and skillful manner

What to expect:

  • Be introduced to the basics of mindfulness through practice of awareness of body sensations, mind wandering, mood shifts, and impulses to act.
  • Learn the relationship of thoughts to emotions and moods
  • Concept and practice of decentering relating to thoughts, feelings, and impulses to act as events passing in the mind and body, rather than identifying with them.
  • Learn practices of acceptance/non-aversion, non-attachment, kindly awareness as a new way of relating to phenomenon as they arise
  • Learn the practice of ‘Letting Go’, a skill helpful in preventing oneself getting into and stepping out of unhelpful cycles.
  • Become aware of your own unique warning signs of impending depression and anxiety and to develop specific action plans for when this might occur.

Benefits of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) may include:

  • Improve focus and attention
    Decrease stress and anxiety
  • Reduce the risk of depression relapse
    Reduce the severity of depressive symptoms
  • Strengthen emotional resilience
    Reduce cravings for addictive substances
  • Increase ability to self-regulate emotions
    Builds compassion and empathy
  • Increase sense of well-being
    Gain a greater sense of calm from living in the present moment
  • Enhance awareness, clarity and acceptance in everyday living
    Develop an action plan to inhibit the acceleration of negative mood states
Upcoming Classes

Barbara Byrne, L.C.S.W.

As a licensed psychotherapist for over 25 years, and professionally trained as a mindfulness instructor, Barbara Byrne combines her mental health expertise with her experience as a mindfulness practitioner and facilitator to blend evidence-based learning with experiential practices.

On average, MBCT was shown to reduce the risk of relapse for people who experience recurrent depression by nearly 50%, regardless of their sex, age, education, or relationship status.

 

Verywellmind.com