Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, or MBCT, is an evidence-based therapeutic approach that combines elements of cognitive therapy with mindfulness practices. Recent research has shown that people who have been clinically depressed three or more times in their life find that learning mindfulness-based skills help considerably to reduce their chances of depression returning. MBCT was originally developed to help individuals who experience recurrent episodes of depression, but it has also been found to be significantly beneficial for a range of mental health conditions.
What does MBCT help treat?
Eating disorders and related challenges
Low mood and negative thoughts
Body sensations such as weariness and sluggishness
If you can relate to any of the above issues, mindfulness-based therapy may be right for you. MBCT helps people separate themselves from their thoughts and moods, and teaches them how to recognize their sense of being. It also aims to give participants the necessary tools to combat depressive symptoms as they arise. Evidence indicates that mindfulness-based therapy may reduce the rate of depressive relapse by 50%.
There are a number of different mindfulness techniques that are used in MBCT such as meditation, body scan exercise, mindfulness practices, mindfulness stretching, yoga, breathing exercises, and more. Through MBCT, you will develop skills to respond to your distressing thoughts and emotions in a more positive and compassionate way. This can help break the cycle of negative thinking and emotional escalation.
If you or someone you know may benefit from mindfulness-based therapy, please contact us today for a free consultation. We would be happy to speak with you about how we may be able to help.