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 for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of recurrent depression.
Based on the original Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course the programme focuses 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.
Duration: 8 weeks, 1 session per week of 2 to 2.5 hours, with an optional one day mindfulness retreat towards the end of the course.
Group size: min 6 to max 14
Individual commitment to meditation practice: 20 to 40 minutes per day is recommended for long term benefit
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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Led by an experienced facilitator and backed by scientific research presented in an easy to understand format, each session covers particular exercises and topics that are examined within the context of mindfulness.
These include different forms of mindfulness meditation practice and mindful awareness and are designed to guide you through in establishing (or deepening) a meditation practice, thereby allowing mindfulness to become part of your day to day life.
Please note that this course is run by one of our associates and you will be redirected to their website for course dates and booking information. Their courses may vary from the structure above so please contact them directly for further information.
Dr Kamila Hortynska, MBCT
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Who Can Attend?
We have a diverse range of participants attend our mindfulness courses, from students and parents of young children, to teachers, corporate directors and healthcare professionals.
This course is ideal both for those wishing to prioritise their wellbeing and those who wish to adopt a complementary approach to managing a wide range of physical, emotional and mental health concerns.
Our courses are:
- suitable for beginners as well as those wishing to refresh their mindfulness practice
- open to all adults (minimum age 18 yrs, no maximum – our oldest participant to date has been 84 and he completed the course twice)
- ideal for people who see their health and personal growth as their own responsibility and who like to learn from their experiences, rather than looking for a quick fix.
Mindfulness is a skill which takes both time and personal commitment to be learned. Whilst participants may well experience a change in ‘state’ as a result of ad-hoc meditations, the researched benefits of mindfulness come from the regular practice of mindfulness meditation and the possibility of changes in ‘trait’*. If you are interested in learning mindfulness we therefore ask that you read the ‘Commitment Required’ section of the course booking page.
Is There Anything Else I Should Be Aware Of?
Yes, mindfulness is often both more challenging and more rewarding than people imagine. It is not unusual for people to attend mindfulness courses during periods of change and/or difficulty in their lives with many often experiencing significant benefits as a result. There are however times when attending a group mindfulness course might not be beneficial. We would ask that you read through the ‘is this the right time for me to attend a mindfulness course’ section of the course booking page, contacting us or the course facilitator as necessary if you have any concerns or questions.
Towards the end of your course you will be invited to join us for a practice day. This is an important opportunity to both consolidate what you are learning on the course and to prioritise your wellbeing by taking a day out to relax, refresh and rejuvenate.