Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
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The Mindful Way Through Anxiety and Depression:
A Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Program
Mindfulness is the capacity to pay attention to the present moment, just as it is, with awareness and acceptance. By cultivating mindfulness, we become more aware, less reactive and have more choice in how we respond to thoughts and mood states.
Mindfulness helps to: see more clearly the patterns of the mind, recognize thoughts controlling mood states, interrupt the escalation of negative or anxious thoughts, live in the present moment and get back in touch with feeling alive.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) has been shown to be an effective intervention in the treatment of depression and anxiety. In addition, recent findings in the field of neuroscience indicate that after participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation course, there is a shift in brain functioning which correlates with less reactivity and more resilience. Research is not only showing powerful effects of MBCT on depression but also on persistent anxiety. By training your mind, you can change your brain.
- Do you ruminate about things when you become sad or anxious?
- Do you struggle with chronic feelings of not being “good enough”?
- Do you sometimes feel that you have lost touch with what is fun and meaningful in your life?
- Do you want to find new options for facing challenges and improve the quality of your life?
If so, this 8-week researched-based program may be for you. The Mindful Way, combines cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. Each session includes practices such as mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga, education and group discussions. An essential part of the course is establishing a daily meditation practice. Participants will develop a toolbox of techniques to help them:
- See early warning signs to interrupt the downward mood spiral
- Increase ability to self-regulate emotions
- Enhance awareness, clarity and acceptance in everyday living
- Develop an action plan to inhibit the acceleration of negative mood states
- Gain a greater sense of calm from living in the present moment
The program combines the clinical application of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy and is based on the model developed by Jon Kabat- Zinn, as adapted by clinical researchers in the field of depression. This program mixes didactic, experiential, and small group learning, and includes meditation and yoga in an 8 week 2 hour class format and will include an all-day retreat and requires a strong commitment to daily practice.
The Mindful Way Through Depression and Emotional Distress workbook, developed by researchers, is the manual for this course and must be purchased prior to the first session. The cost of the course may be covered by insurance. Those interested in using insurance would need to schedule an individual meeting with course facilitator. This program is not an appropriate form of treatment for acute depression or for those who are in the midst of an active depressive episode and is not a substitute for treatment for anxiety and depression.
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