Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a type of cognitive therapy that includes mindfulness techniques including meditation and breathing exercises. MBCT therapists employ these strategies to teach clients how to break free from negative thought patterns that can lead to a downward spiral into despair, allowing them to battle depression before it takes hold.

MBCT is group therapy that meets once a week for two sessions and is led by your therapist as part of an eight-week program. You’ll learn meditation techniques as well as basic cognitive principles including the relationship between what you think and how you feel. You will also be able to learn more about your depressive state. On days when there is no session, homework consists of practicing breathing techniques and attentive meditation.

A mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) therapist is a mental health professional who has further training in mindfulness-based practices and techniques and is proficient at teaching these techniques to others. Institutions such as the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness train and certify MBCT teachers around the United States. For MBCT programs or therapists, there is no established referral service. In addition to examining credentials, it is important to choose an MBCT therapist with whom you are comfortable working.

MBCT was created to help people who have persistent episodes of depression or dissatisfaction avoid relapse. It has been shown to be effective in individuals with major depressive disorder who have had at least three episodes of depression. Mindfulness-based relapse prevention may also be beneficial in the treatment of anxiety disorders and addictions. MBCT has also been demonstrated to reduce depression symptoms in certain people who have physical health issues such as vascular disease and traumatic brain injury.

Normal sadness can be a powerful trigger for someone who has recovered from depression to relapse. Rather of attempting to avoid or erase sadness or other negative emotions, one learns to change their relationship with these emotions via meditation and other mindfulness techniques. These activities realign brain networks, allowing the client to shift away from automatic negative responses and toward the realization that there are other ways to respond to situations. Clients who develop a regular meditation practice can employ the approach whenever they feel overwhelmed by negative emotions. When sadness strikes and triggers the same negative associations that trigger to a relapse of depression, the client is given tools to help them replace negative thought patterns with positive.

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