8-Week Mindfulness Course (MBCT)

MBCT Course

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About MBCT

The Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programme is closely modeled on the MBSR with some important differences designed specifically to help us deal with depressive mood states. The programme has been shown to be highly effective in preventing depressive relapse and in treating other psychological conditions, including anxiety and stress-related conditions. MBCT is included in the NHS NICE guidelines and is increasingly used in therapeutic practice.

While the content and learning outcomes of the course are very similar to our other 8-week mindfulness courses, this particular course presents an opportunity for participants to learn new ways of managing and preventing episodes of low mood and anxiety in a group that shares a history of struggling with the same issues. 

By training ourselves to focus our attention on the present moment, MBCT can help us:

  • cope better with emotional challenges; 
  • change our relationship with difficult thoughts and feelings;
  • learn skills to reduce the risk of further episodes of low mood or depression; and 
  • increase a sense of calm and wellbeing.
Over the course of the 8-week MBCT programme, participants will learn how mindfulness can help us recognise when we become entangled in streams of worries, self-criticism and ruminative thinking, and learn tools to interrupt this process and make wise choices in the face of emotional challenge. At the end of the 8-week course, participants will feel better equipped to face life’s difficulties with self-compassion instead of self-criticism, using the tools and skills they have learned.
 
Course Format

The course consists of eight, two-hour sessions, and will include mindfulness meditation practices, gentle stretching and movement, group dialogue and discussion, home practice assignments, and guided audio practices. There is also a full-day retreat that will include a variety of soothing practices, a silent lunch, an afternoon of meditation and a lovely afternoon tea to conclude.

*Please note we do not allow participants to miss the first session for this course.