Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a structured group course combining mindfulness and CBT with a proven record of preventing the relapse of depression. It is recommended in NHS guidelines published by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of RECURRENT DEPRESSION.
Based on the original Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course the programme focusses on depression as opposed to stress and on coping mechanisms relating to depression. It also teaches mindfulness and meditation as an effective and dependable counter-balance to the stresses of life.
During this 8 week course we will explore and encourage you to make mindfulness practice part of your lifestyle. Backed by sound scientific research presented in an easy to understand format, not only will you enjoy meditation you will understand why meditation should be seen as being just as important to our health and well-being as exercise and diet have become over recent decades.
The MBCT course follows a structured 8 week, group programme with groups varying between 6 and 12 participants. Single weekly sessions are generally 2 to 2.5 hours and there is an optional single all-day mindfulness retreat which will be offered towards the end of your course..
Each session, backed by a scientific overview, covers particular exercises and topics that are examined within the context of mindfulness. These include different forms of mindfulness meditation practice, mindful awareness during everyday activities and mindfulness during stressful situations and social interaction:
Week 1: Waking up to the autopilot
Getting out of our habitual ways
Week 2: Keeping the body in mind
Exploring the difference between thinking and experiencing
Week 3: Re-integrating mind and body
Cultivating our early warning systems
Week 4: Responding mindfully
Working with different objects of meditation
Week 5: Turning towards difficulties
Cultivating a spirit of openness, curiosity and compassion
Week 6: How the past shapes our future
Living in the present
Week 7: Nourishing our life
Week 8: Plan for well-being
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