Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) 8 Week Programme
MBCT combines traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with mindfulness techniques and meditation and teaches you to pay attention to the present moment, rather than worrying about the past or the future and to let go of the negative thoughts that often precede depression and anxiety.
What is MBCT useful for?
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) combines cognitive behavioural techniques with mindfulness strategies in order to help individuals better understand and manage their thoughts, emotions and body sensations, in order to achieve relief from feelings of distress. Though originally developed to address recurrent depression, many mental health professionals have incorporated mindfulness and MBCT within therapy sessions, and these activities have been shown to help reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress and improve emotional control.
This course is for complete beginners as well as for those who have had some experience of meditation or mindfulness. It is taught in a group in a relaxed and friendly environment. Like any skill, mindfulness takes time to practice, and we will recommend you set some time aside each day for daily home meditation practice to be able to really make good use of what you learn each week.
How is MBCT therapy delivered?
The therapy is currently being delivered online as a weekly group treatment program over the course of eight weeks. Each weekly session lasts for two hours but completing a 20-40 minute homework assignment six days a week is also required. For homework, participants listen to audio recordings and practice mindfulness meditation.
Evidence for implementation for MBCT
MBCT was recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 2004, and in 2009 the recommendation was updated and given ‘key priority’ status.
Blackpool Healthier Minds is not able to provide reports for compensation, legal or benefits claims or prescribe medication. Blackpool Healthier Minds does not offer 24-hour or weekend access, crisis or urgent treatment, treatment for alcohol or drug problems or treatment for severe and enduring mental illness. Please discuss these needs with your GP.