Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)


Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness.

What is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy?

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. The heart of this work lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterise mood disorders while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them.

Results of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

The UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recently endorsed MBCT as an effective treatment for relapse prevention of depression. Research has shown that people who have been clinically depressed 3 or more times (sometimes for twenty years or more) find that taking the programme and learning these skills helps to reduce considerably their chances that depression will return. The evidence from two randomized clinical trials of MBCT indicates that it reduces rates of relapse by 50% among patients who suffer from recurrent depression.

But what is actually involved in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy treatment?

The practice of mindfulness meditation allows you to pay close attention to the present moment, noting your thoughts, feelings and body sensations with an attitude of curiosity and non-judgement. The non-reactive stance on your experience creates the possibility of working more wisely with sadness, fear and worry, emotions that are central to preventing depression.

In the MCBT treatment programme, participants meet together as a class with an instructor for 8 weekly 2-hour evening classes plus one all-day session between weeks 5 and 7. The main ‘work’ of the programme is done at home between classes using CDs with guided meditations that support participants’ developing practices. In each class you have the opportunity to talk about your experiences with the home practices, the obstacles that inevitably arise, and how to deal with them. Each class is organised around a theme that is explored through both group inquiry and mindfulness practice.

How will Mindfulness Practice help you?

It will help you understand what depression is.

It will help you discover what makes you vulnerable to downward mood spirals, and why you get stuck at the bottom of the spiral.

It will help you see the connection between downward spiral and:

  • High standards that oppress us
  • Feelings that we are simply ‘not good enough’
  • Ways we put pressure on ourselves or make ourselves miserable with overwork
  • Ways we lose touch with what makes life worth living,

How much does the course cost?

You would be required to attend an initial individual meeting with one of the facilitators which is free.  This meeting is to discuss your aims and expectations for the course and to determine how you will benefit the most from it.

The eight evening sessions (two hours each) and full day retreat (six hours) will cost £645.

The next 8-week evening course will start on Tuesday 13th June 2017 from 18.30 to 20.30, with the 1-day workshop on Sunday 23rd July 2017 from 10.00 to 16.00.

As MBCT is recommended by NICE, those with private medical insurance may be covered for the course. Please check with your insurer.