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Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

“The benefits of mindfulness in preventing serious depression and emotional distress have been proven by clinical trials. Mindfulness also works for people who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world”, The Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

Content of the MBCT eight session program

MBCT participants can expect to experience:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices integrated with cognitive behaviour therapy.
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga.
  • Group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life.
  • Individually tailored instruction.
  • Daily home assignments.
  • Guided meditations on CD and workbooks.

With focus on developing…

  • Recognition of the present moment
  • The breath as a place to come back to in moments of stress
  • Mindfulness practice
  • Understanding of stress physiology
  • The ability to recognize automatic mind and body reactivity to stress
  • Awareness of the link between stress and thoughts
  • Interpersonal mindfulness and mindful communication
  • Applying mindfulness to our daily lives
  • Mindfulness as a part of your life

What is Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy?

The MBCT Program is based on the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) eight-week program, developed by Jon Kabat Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Research indicates mindfulness training is helpful for patients dealing with chronic pain, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and gastrointestinal disorders, anxiety and depression.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy was adapted from MBSR by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale as a preventive treatment for people who had suffered recurrent and relapsing episodes of depression.

Does it work?

The UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has endorsed MBCT as an effective treatment for prevention of relapse. Research has shown that people who have been clinically depressed 3 or more times (sometimes for twenty years or more) find that taking the program and learning these skills helps to reduce considerably their chances that depression will return.

How will Mindfulness practice help me?

  • It can increase our awareness of thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviours as well as developing an understanding of patterns related to depression.
  • Mindfulness supports the development of choices that reduce individual vulnerability.

What is depression?

Depression can involve severe and prolonged sadness as a mind state that can develop into hopelessness, listlessness, lack of motivation, and fatigue. It can vary from mild to severe. Depression involves ruminating and being stuck in a negative dialogue about aspects of ourselves, and the world. This can lead to feelings of resentment, irritability, frustration and anger and overwhelming stress, and we may also experience various physical complaints that do not seem to be caused by any physical illness.

Escalating depression can involve feelings of extreme sadness and hopelessness intermingled with low self-esteem, guilt, memory and concentration difficulties. There may also be a change in body rhythms where we sleep too much or have difficulty sleeping at all, eating patterns can change, and we can experience reductions in energy and pleasure in previously enjoyable activities and interactions. The downward spiral can include feelings and thoughts questioning the value of life.

Studies indicate that 50% of people experiencing their first episode of depression will experience a reoccurrence. The statistics increase following subsequent episodes where the risk of relapse rises to between 80 and 90%.

Why do we remain vulnerable to depression?

Research suggests that during any episode of depression, negative mood occurs alongside negative thinking (such as ‘I am a failure’, ‘I am inadequate, ‘I am worthless’) and bodily sensations of sluggishness and fatigue. When the episode is past, and the mood has returned to normal, the negative thinking and fatigue tend to disappear as well. However, during the episode a connection is established between the mood state present and negative thinking patterns.

MBCT supports the development of greater awareness of patterns involving feelings, emotions, thoughts, and behaviours.

Term 1

Commencing 8th February , 2017
Wednesdays 10am to 12noon
Dates: 8/2/17, 15/2/17, 22/2/17, 1/3/17, 8/3/17, 15/3/17, 22/3/17, 29/3/17
Day of Mindfulness: TBA
Venue: GenHealth, 53 Little Street, Coffs Harbour
Cost: $395.00*
Includes workbook and guided mindfulness CDs.

Facilitator:                Lynda Melville


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