with Steve Wasserman, MA (Cantab), MA Integ. Counselling, MBACP
Have you been struggling with depression or S.A.D for some time? Do day-to-day worries and anxieties feel like they’re weighing particularly heavily on your shoulders during the winter months, or in general? Are you perhaps looking for an alternative or maybe an addition to anti-depressants or therapy? MBCT might be the answer.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is a skills course combining an ancient (2,600 year-old) training in mindfulness with a more modern cognitive psychology model. In the last ten years, it has proven itself as a cutting-edge, extremely effective intervention in helping people reduce stress, anxiety & depression in their lives, as well as the distress associated with chronic pain.
Some of the benefits of the MBCT course include:
-an increased awareness and understanding of how your mind works
-coping skills which can be used when things take a turn for the worse
-changes in perspective towards troubling emotions and body sensations
-establishing a better relationship with your Inner Critic
-tuning in more to your life: its pleasures small and large
-achieving a greater feeling of self-control and focus
MBCT is an eight-week programme with each class lasting two hours. The classes are very practical, designed to maximise your understanding and experience of mindfulness in an enjoyable and interesting way. You will receive handouts and practice CDs to listen to and work with between sessions.
MBCT is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical and Health Excellence (NICE) as a highly effective treatment in the prevention of relapse for depression and in the treatment of stress and physical pain.
New research is also looking into how it can help individuals struggling with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, general anxiety and panic disorder, as well as the psychological component of physical health difficulties such as psoriasis and cancer.
Next MBCT course:
Currently there are no MBSR courses planned, please refer to the Introduction to Mindfulness Courses