The Thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character,
So watch the thought and its way with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was developed by Prof. Zindel Segal, Prof. Mark Williams and Prof. John Teasdale. It is modelled on Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and incorporates components of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) into Buddhist philosophy that is presented in a secular way. The specific intention of MBCT was to find an intervention that could be offered to people who suffer from repeated episodes of depression. A large randomised controlled trial over 3 locations demonstrated that MBCT reduced the incidence of relapse in people who had three or more episodes. MBCT has been recommended as an effective treatment for prevention of relapse of depression by The UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).
The MBCT programme follows the form of MBSR in eight weekly classes, plus an all-day workshop. A set of guided meditations specific to MBCT and MBSR accompany the programme and provide opportunity for participants to practise at home throughout the course.
People report that MBCT can help them:-
- to notice habits and patterns of thinking and behaving that activate depressed mood
- to see thoughts clearly and to disempower thoughts that feed depression
- develop new skills to cope with difficult emotions
- develop acceptance and kindness to self and others
- Notice signs of relapse earlier with a confidence that there is something they can do about it
- Feel more hopeful about the future
MBCT can also be delivered on an individual basis. We comply with UK Mindfulness Teacher Guidelines.