This course incorporates some of the key components of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), a type of therapy that integrates the practice of mindfulness meditation with more traditional techniques used in cognitive therapy.
Numerous research has shown that bringing mindfulness practices into our day-to-day life can positively affect our brain patterns leading to less intense stress responses. Likewise, cognitive therapy offers techniques that can help us notice and disengage from negative thoughts, decreasing our suffering in the long-term.
Key themes covered in this course
MBCT helps us recognise unhelpful patterns in the ways we respond to events in our lives.
Through the practice of meditation and cognitive therapy, you’ll learn how to disentangle from negative thinking, and let go of the automatic tendency to try and overcome difficulties by “thinking” about them or suppressing them. Unfortunately, both of these responses tend to make things worse rather than better longer term.
MBCT will help you become more aware of these processes and equip you with the skills needed to positively change them.
By the end of the course, you’ll have learnt how to:
- Stand back a little from distressing thoughts and feelings
- Recognise the early warning signs of depression and take helpful action
- Put less effort into trying to “fix” things
Be kinder and more gentle towards yourself
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy group - what to expect
- The course takes place over 8 weekly sessions, lasting 1.5 hours each
- There will be a maximum of 12 participants per group
- Each session is followed by suggestions for personal practice.
- You’ll be encouraged and supported to try these skills at home whenever you begin to feel distressed or worried
Frequently asked questions
As an 8-week course (opposed to the introduction to mindfulness course which is 3 weeks), our MBCT group is more in-depth and particularly helpful for those who suffer from recurrent depression.
This course costs £650.