Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an integration of Mindfulness and CBT. It was originally designed to prevent depressive relapse for people with recurrent depression and it has been shown to be highly effective in treating other psychological issues such as anxiety and stress. MBCT is an evidence based Mindfulness course and endorsed by the NHS.
Mindfulness starts when we recognise the tendency to be on automatic pilot, and we begin to practice stepping out of automatic pilot by bringing mindful awareness to our experiences as they unfold. We spend so much of our time in the 'doing' mode and little time in the 'being' mode, with many of life's precious moments passing us by whilst we are lost in our heads.
With greater awareness we learn to recognise our thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations, our automatic reactions, and learn how to return to the here and now. We move away from getting caught up in the past and the future, and we become able to spend more time in the present.
Over the 8 weeks you will learn how mindfulness can help you recognise when you become entangled in streams of self-criticism, worries and negative thinking, and learn tools to interrupt this process and make wise choices in the face of emotional difficulties. You will learn how to respond rather than react, and figure out how you can best take care of yourself when feeling anxious, low or stressed.
Learning all of these new skills will not only cultivate warmth and compassion towards yourself, but you will also be better able to find balance in your life, opening you up to moments of joy and contentment, a place where you can flourish and transform.
Someone that's drinking a lot of alcohol or using drugs, as the home practices need your consciousness unimpaired
Someone that has no interest in learning about mindfulness and meditation
Someone that is in the midst of a big stressful life event
Someone that's very depressed and would struggle to find the motivation & energy to do the daily home practices
Someone that wants to become more self-aware of their thoughts and feelings
Someone that is willing to do the home practice each week in between sessions (daily 30-40 minutes of meditation)
Someone that wants to spend more time living in the present moment
Someone that understands this is a big commitment, and that the more you put into it the more you will get out of it
Boost your focus and attention
Improve your relationships
Manage pain and illness
Improve your sleep
Cope better with difficult or unhelpful thoughts
Lift and prevent low mood
Stop bad habits
Become more self-aware
Choose how to respond to your thoughts and feelings
Be kinder towards yourself
Improves your memory
Mindfulness can be a wonderful tool for coping with the stressors of daily life and is a great way to improve your wellbeing.
It can help you find your balance in the here and now, as well as help you become more resilient so you're better equipped to deal with any future challenges too.
If you're not sure where to start, or would like some extra support with your mindfulness practice right now, then you can book a private 1:1 mindfulness session with me.
This offering is for anyone new to mindfulness who wants to learn more.
I'll combine brief meditation exercises with an overview of the science and evidence behind mindfulness, to give you a greater understanding of what it's all about and how it can help you.
Upcoming classes will be announced via my email newsletters, and attendees can receive a special 10% discount on future 8 week MBCT courses.