Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale, based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme. The MBCT programme was designed specifically to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression. Traditionally, the MBCT programme takes the form of weekly classes in a group setting. We also provide it on an individual basis and via Skype. A set of guided meditations accompanies the programme, so that participants can practice at home once a day throughout the course. Over the eight weeks of the programme the practices help you:
- to become familiar with the workings of your mind
- to notice the times when you are at risk of getting caught in old habits of mind that re-activate downward mood spirals
- to explore ways of releasing yourself from those old habits and, if you choose, enter a different way of being.
- to put you in touch with a different way of knowing yourself and the world
- to notice small beauties and pleasures in the world around you instead of living in your head.
- to be kind to yourself instead of wishing things were different all the time, or driving yourself to meet impossible goals.
- to find a way so you don’t have to battle with yourself all the time
- to accept yourself as you are, rather than judging yourself all the time.
To find out more about this clinically proven approach to relapse prevention please visit www.mbct.co.uk.
"Mindfulness is a kind of awareness that arises from paying attention in a particular way: in the present moment, on purpose and non-judgmentally" ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn