Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was designed specifically to treat recurrent depression. MBCT is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a treatment of choice on the NHS for repetitive bouts of depression. However, this therapy is currently not widely available on the NHS.
MBCT blends ancient wisdom and modern psychology and neuroscience. It combines various forms of meditation and gentle physical stretching exercises together with cognitive therapy. MBCT is known to help people break the negative thought patterns that are characteristic of recurrent depression. I will teach you to meditate and you will be asked to do an hour of home practice for six days of the week. Through formal meditation practice, you will develop the ability to hold your attention in the present moment, rather than worrying about the past or future. You will also become much more aware of your body and the signals that it gives you about how you are feeling so that you can catch and manage the onset of depressive episodes.
Definition of Mindfulness
The word mindfulness means clear and kind awareness. It is being alive and present to the external and internal world in the moment. Mindfulness is taught through meditation. During the practice, you train the mind to focused and concentrated. After a while, you will notice the habitual patterns of your mind. You will begin to learn to manage your emotions more effectively, rather than resorting to suppression or avoidance.
Below is the most well-known definition of Western secular mindfulness. Professor Kabat-Zinn is most widely credited for popularising mindfulness within medicine.
The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Benefits of Mindfulness
Sharpen concentration & attention
Work/life, heart/head, body/mind
Ground, centre, unwind & still the mind
Emotional intelligence to better understand yourself and others
Enjoy better quality of interactions with others
Cope with Pain
Find a way to live with pain and difficulties
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Individual therapy can help you develop personal insight, understand roots of difficulties, recognise what holds you back and experiment with strategies to move beyond barriers.