Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a psychotherapy that aims to combine cognitive therapy and mindfulness skills to interrupt automatic thoughts which can trigger emotional problems such as depression. MBCT supports clients by teaching them to learn to recognize their own sense of being separately from thoughts and emotions. By disconnecting from these negative thought patterns, a sense of liberation can occur by helping clients to increase positive thoughts that can balance negative moods. MBCT provides clients a useful tool to combat depression. MBCT focuses on two domains:
1. Cognitive processes: impact of thoughts and feelings on behaviours and in maintaining emotional problems such as depression
2. Mindfulness: developing a non-judgemental awareness of the present moment
Typically, MBCT requires 8 weekly classes plus a full-day workshop.