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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

What is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)?

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a relatively new concept in the field of psychotherapy and is one of the types offered by therapists at Fresh Mind Therapy complimentary to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

It is drawn in part from eastern philosophy and involves a concentrated focus on the present and a nonjudgmental acceptance of thoughts and feelings.

What kind of issues can MBCT help with?

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Relapse prevention

How does Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) help me with my issues?

The emphasis of MBCT is not on changing unhelpful thoughts but rather on cultivating greater mindfulness with respect to them.

A ‘mindfulness attitude’ recognises that thoughts are not facts, emotions are significant, and that both can be accepted non-judgmentally as natural parts of life to which a person can choose how they react. Mindfulness is therefore used as a tool to help you step away from rumination about past events in your life and focus on the presenting issues. You can learn to disengage from habitual and dysfunctional routines and reduce future recurrences of the presenting issues.

What do Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) techniques entail?

  • Mindfulness meditation – the practice of bringing self-awareness into everyday activities
  • Focused breathing and gentle body movements – enabling awareness of thoughts, moods, emotions and bodily sensations during times of stress or relapse
  • Increasing involvement and adherence – clients become committed and willing to do home assignments in order to achieve results