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MINDFULNESS-BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a transformative approach combining cognitive behavioural techniques with mindfulness strategies. It's designed to help individuals break the cycle of recurring depression and manage stress more effectively.

Understanding MBCT

MBCT teaches you to focus on the present moment and accept your thoughts and feelings without judgement. This therapy is particularly effective for those who have experienced recurrent depression, helping to prevent relapse. It's also beneficial for managing anxiety, stress, and mood disorders.

The Process of MBCT

MBCT involves regular meditation practices and cognitive exercises. The typical course lasts for 8 weeks, with weekly sessions and daily homework exercises. These practices help develop mindfulness skills, promoting mental and emotional well-being.

Core Elements of MBCT

  • Mindfulness Meditation: Focusing on breath, body sensations, thoughts, and feelings, fostering increased awareness and acceptance.

  • Cognitive Therapy Techniques: Identifying and altering negative thought patterns.

  • Group Discussion: Sharing experiences in a supportive group setting.

  • Home Practice: Daily exercises to reinforce skills learnt in sessions.

Benefits of MBCT

MBCT helps in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, improving attention and concentration, and increasing resilience against stress. It encourages a more accepting and compassionate relationship with oneself, leading to enhanced overall well-being; according to Psychology Today, it is designed to teach you that ‘you are not your thought patterns’.

Who Can Benefit?

MBCT may be suitable for anyone looking to improve their mental health, particularly those prone to depression or anxiety. It's also helpful for individuals seeking to develop mindfulness skills for personal growth and emotional regulation.

Our MBCT Services

At Ken Reid Counselling, our MBCT programs are facilitated by experienced therapists skilled in both cognitive therapy and mindfulness techniques. We offer a supportive and non-judgemental environment, helping clients integrate mindfulness into their daily lives for lasting change.
 

If you’d like to explore the potential benefits of MBCT practice, get in touch to learn more about our programs and begin a journey towards a more mindful, balanced life.

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