What is MBCT?


MBCT is based on the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) eight week program, developed by Jon Kabat Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Research shows that MBSR is enormously empowering for patients with chronic pain, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and gastrointestinal disorders, as well as for psychological problems such as anxiety and panic.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy grew from this work. Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale adapted the MBSR program so it could be used especially for people who had suffered repeated bouts of depression in their lives.

Does it work?

The UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has endorsed MBCT as an effective treatment for prevention of relapse. Research has shown that people who have been clinically depressed 3 or more times (sometimes for twenty years or more) find that taking the program and learning these skills helps to reduce considerably their chances that depression will return.

How will mindfulness help me?

  • It will help you understand what depression is.
  • It will help you discover what makes you vulnerable to downward mood spirals, and why you get stuck at the bottom of the spiral.
  • It will help you see the connection between downward spirals, and:
    • High standards that oppress us
    • Feelings that we are simply “not good enough”
    • Ways we put pressure on ourselves or make ourselves miserable with overwork
    • Ways we lose touch with what makes life worth living.

MBCT has also been scientifically proven to help people with a range of problems such as:

Anxiety                 Chronic Fatigue                 Insomnia

Of course, these mind-states can affect all of us in some way, as we struggle to cope with life’s demands – so you are welcome to attend our MBCT classes as a way of enhancing your well being. Contact us, by email if possible, if you would like to discuss whether the course is likely to meet your needs at this time.