Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, or MBCT, is designed for people who suffer from repeated bouts of depression or chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness.
Recent research has shown that people who have been clinically depressed three or more times in their life find that learning mindfulness-based skills help considerably to reduce their chances of depression returning.
What does MBCT help treat?
- Depression and Anxiety
- Impulse Control
- Attention Deficits
- Compulsions and Behavioral Addictions
- Negative or Intrusive Thoughts
- Substance Abuse
If you can relate to any of the above issues, mindfulness-based therapy may be right for you. MBCT helps people separate themselves from their thoughts and moods, and teaches them how to recognize their sense of being. It also aims to give participants the necessary tools to combat symptoms as they arise. This goes beyond simple ‘coping’ skills and creates lasting changes so coping is less of a necessity.