Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to help those who are experiencing repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness.
The UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recently endorsed MBCT as an effective treatment for the relapse prevention of depression.

What is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy?

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the idea of cognitive behavioral therapy with mindfulness practices. The practice of mindfulness 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 MBCT programme is developed to encourage people to become more aware of their internal thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations in order to disengage with negative thoughts and focus on present-moment awareness.

What MBCT treatment involve?

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 weekend session.
Each class is organised around a theme that is explored through both group inquiry and mindfulness practice. Individuals benefit from guided meditations exercises that support participants’ in developing practices to do at home between classes. Participants have the opportunity to talk about your experiences with the home practice during classes.

How will Mindfulness Practice help you?

In the MBCT programme you will learn how to:

  • Increase self-awareness and self-confidence
  • Raise your ability to handle stressful situations
  • Learn how to handle your thoughts, moods and emotions more effectively
  • Improve cognitive effectiveness and capacity for decision making
  • Enhance your focus and attention

What are the results of this programme?

Clinical trials indicate that MBCT helps to reduces rates of relapse by 50% among patients who suffer from recurrent depression.
A study has shown that for people who have been clinically depressed 3 or more times, participation in the programme helps to considerably reduce their chances of their depression returning.

How much does the course cost?

The total cost for eight evening sessions and a full day weekend retreat, (with lunch provided) is £375.
As MBCT is recommended by NICE, those with private medical insurance may be covered for the course. We advise patients to check with their check with their insurer.
The programme includes an initial free individual meeting with one of the facilitators. This meeting is for patients to discuss their aims and expectations of the course, in order to determine how you will benefit most from it.

The sessions will take place every Thursday evening from 6pm to 8pm, starting on the 14th of September until 2nd of November 2017.
The retreat day is on the Sunday 22nd of October from 10 am to 4 pm.