What is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?
MBCT is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) eight-week program, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Research shows that MBSR is enormously empowering for patients with chronic pain, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and gastrointestinal disorders, as well as for psychological problems such as anxiety and panic.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy grew from this work. Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale adapted the MBSR program so it could be used specifically for people who had suffered repeated bouts of depression in their lives.
How will Mindfulness Help me with depression, anxiety, anger, stress or addiction?
What to Expect
In the MBCT program, participants meet together as a class (with an instructor) for 8 weekly 2-hour classes plus one all day session between weeks 5 and 7. The main 'work' of the program is done at home between classes, using CDs with guided meditations that support participants’ developing practice outside of class. In each class, you have an opportunity to talk about your experiences with the home practices, the obstacles that inevitably arise, and how to deal with them skillfully. Each class is organized around a theme that is explored through both group inquiry and mindfulness practice.
The specific themes addressed in the program are: Class 1: Automatic Pilot, Class 2: Dealing with Barriers, Class 3: Mindfulness of the Breath, Class 4: Staying Present, Class 5: Allowing and Letting Be, Class 6: Thoughts are Not Facts, Class 7: How Can I Best Take Care of Myself, Class 8: Using What’s Been Learned to Deal with Future Moods.
Over the eight weeks of the program, the practices help you: