Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

The History of MBCT

Mindfulness is not new and has been a part of spiritual practice for many, many years. Its history within Eastern mental health care is comparably new, however the body of research for its efficacy is growing all the time.

Mindfulness was initially incorporated into a programme to help people with chronic pain/illness conditions and has now been adapted to help those with long-term depression and related difficulties. Combining mindfulness with cognitive therapy, MBCT provides us with the tools to detect typical thinking patterns associated with depression and anxiety, such as ruminating or worrying, and helps us to strengthen our ability to treat thoughts as events of the mind. There is good evidence that with practice, this can help to reduce the future relapse of depression, prolonging well-being.

Course Details

Full Details of dates and costs can be found on Niki’s website

Making Sense of Mindfulness

This is a 2 hour, introductory  workshop where you will learn more about what Mindfulness is and what it isn’t. Mindfulness is increasingly talked about in the public arena often without clear descriptions of how it can be helpful. As well as hearing about how mindfulness came to be incorporated into healthcare services in the UK to help people with depression, stress and anxiety, you will experience a guided meditation practice. This workshop is a useful introduction before deciding whether or not you want to commit to a longer course such as the 8 week course (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course) which is designed by experts to help people to stay well following episodes of depression and/or anxiety.

Mindfulness Course (MBCT)

The course consists of 8 x 2 hour sessions, each with its own theme and guided mindfulness meditation practices. There is ample opportunity to discuss experiences of practice so whilst it is not a therapy group, the shared experience can lend to members being supportive of each other. There is an invitation to complete the home practice for 6 out of 7 days in the week following the session, but should a session be missed, then all materials will be provided with guidance from the teacher. The size of the group is purposely kept small (maximum of 10 participants) to ensure that there is sufficient time to work through the practices and the materials. In between sessions, participants are able to contact the teacher for any additional support.

Maintaining your Mindfulness practice

Coming soon – monthly sessions for people who have established their mindfulness practice either individually or through attending an 8 week MBCT/MBSR course, these sessions will offer an opportunity to share experiences and tips on how to continue and maintain practice.  There will be a guided mindfulness meditation incorporated.

Practitioner Details

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