MINDFULNESS BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY
The Next 8 Week Online Mindfulness Course (MBCT)
Date: 14th January - 4th March
Time: Thursdays 7pm - 8.45pm + Saturday 20th February 10am - 3pm
Over the course of the 8-week MBCT programme, participants will learn how mindfulness can help us recognise when we become caught up in our thoughts, worries and self-criticism, and learn tools to interrupt this pattern.
Each session offers a specific guided practice, time to reflect and a summary of what was learnt. Between the weekly sessions participants are invited to practice at home, using the guided meditations provided to accompany the class programme. This will reinforce the learning and will enable you to make mindfulness part of your daily life.
At the end of the 8-week course, participants will feel better equipped to face life’s difficulties with self-compassion instead of self-criticism, using the tools and skills they have learned.
The group is deliberately kept small to ensure every participant has sufficient time to explore what comes up in practice and what can be gained from the discovery.
What is MBCT?
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy combines two proven forms of psychotherapy, mindfulness and cognitive therapy, to treat depression and anxiety.
Mindfulness helps you observe and identify your feelings through meditation techniques while cognitive therapy teaches you to notice and interrupt negative, automatic thought patterns and work through feelings in a healthy way.
Does it work?
Yes! Two clinical studies testing the efficacy of MBCT on depression demonstrated that relapse rates for the disorder decreased by nearly 50%, while more recent studies have shown great success when using MBCT to treat a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, and ADHD in clients from multiple age groups.
This structured MBCT programme is the only mindfulness course recommended by the UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).
How does it help?
- learn to cope better with emotional challenges
- change your relationship with difficult thoughts and feelings
- learn skills to reduce the risk of further episodes of low mood or depression and anxiety
- learn how to be present and appreciate the small pleasures of everyday life
- recognise and stop the downward spiral that can emerge from a bad mood or thinking about painful memories
- increased sense of calm and wellbeing.