Mindfullness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of anxiety, depression and chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. The heart of this work lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterize mood disorders while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them. MBCT is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, and relies on the principles of mindfulness, meditation, and breathwork. It is a therapeutic practice of mindful enquiry, designed to bring introspective awareness.

Through MBCT, the client feels increased energy levels, better moods and positive thoughts. Using the mind and the body as a conduit to feelings, emotions, thoughts, body sensations, the client gains more compassion and kindness for self. The practice is slow and mindful, bringing increased awareness to breath, body, heart, mind and life. Over time, clients will feel decreased stress rates and increased energy.

MBCT helps alleviate depression, anxiety, unhappiness, worry, trauma and chronic pain – all stress related conditions, by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system, decreasing the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis and increasing GABA (Gamma-Amino Butyric acid) in the body.

In each session, the client will notice subtle shifts taking place in their mind, body, heart and life. Some clients may benefit from just a few sessions; others receive weekly sessions for 6 months, a year or more.

Benefits of MBCT are:

  • Cultivation of awareness and acceptance of self
  • Connection to your inner resources of selfawareness and embodied mindfulness
  • Awareness, acceptance, profound presence and compassion for self and others
  • Deep connection to your inner wisdom and to the interconnection of mind, body, spirit and soul
  • An awareness of how stored trauma, unresolved emotions, and self-limiting beliefs impacts your current choices, behaviours, and relationships
  • Exploration of internal relationships with your body, thoughts, and feelings
  • Creation of a positive and healthy relationship with yourself, and others

Every session begins with a guided meditation, visualisation or relaxation exercise. Together, we closely follow the messages of your mind and body and do what feels right for you, without judgement, but rather with a sense of curiosity and loving compassion. As you become more present to yourself, you will notice feelings of increased peacefulness and calm, and more physical ease in yourself.

MBCT is very helpful for:

  • Cancer aftercare
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Transitions & Chronic unhappiness
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Dispelling Fear and anger
  • Chronic pain
  • Gratitude practice

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Free Initial Consultation: I would love to talk with you, get a sense of what you want to achieve through our work together, give you an experience of how it works, and answer any questions you might have. Then you can decide if this approach is right for you. Free Initial 20 minute phone consultation.