MINDFULNESS BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY
Discover the power of observing your thoughts, instead of being consumed by them.
8 Week Mindfulness Meditation Course
Starts Thursday 19th January 2023
At Wellesbourne Sports & Community Centre CV35 9RU
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 specific guided practices, 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 and weekly workbook to further develop personal knowledge and experience. This will reinforce the learning and will enable participants to make mindfulness part of their daily life.
A key part of the course is also a silent 'retreat' style day, featuring a variety of guided meditations to deepen personal practice and experience. It is not mandatory, but highly recommended in order to best maximise the benefits of MBCT.
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 literally means being aware of what’s happening in the present moment with a non judgmental attitude, so that we can then make more helpful choices and look after ourselves in the best possible way.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy combines two proven forms of psychotherapy, mindfulness and cognitive therapy, to reduce depression and anxiety but is also being used more often for numerous other disorders and health problems.
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, OCD 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).
If you are unsure please read some of the reviews I have posted on Instagram and my google reviews from previous clients who have attended the course for various reasons.
How can 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
- lower blood pressure
- improve sleep