The Mindfulness Consultancy offers Mindfulness Meditation group and individual courses and training in London and Internationally via Skype
There are two main mindfulness-based programmes which have significant scientific evidence to support their effectiveness. These are the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn (since the 1970’s), and the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Programme (MBCT) developed by Mark Williams, John Teasdale and Zindel Sigal (since the 1990’s).
The Mindfulness Consultancy offers both MBSR courses and MBCT courses, plus The Frantic World course for organisations.
MBSR and MBCT courses are run with the original content and in the original format upon which clinical trials are based: 8 weeks of 2 hour sessions, plus a daylong.
The key differences between MBSR and MBCT
Although the two programmes are broadly similar, and are often used flexibly according to the needs of the individual or group, the key ways in which MBCT differs from MBSR are as follows:
- MBCT tends to target vulnerability to low mood where as MBSR has a more generic application and is applied to stress arising from a variety of life events including physical or mental illness.
- Both MBSR and MBCT promote psychological insights about our experiences and difficulties and aim to develop skills to deal with these differently. MBCT puts a greater emphasis on working with and understanding the psychological and cognitive aspects of our experience.
- Both MBSR and MBCT integrate the dynamic, ‘in-the-moment-responding’ aspect of mindfulness with an understanding of the origins and maintenance factors of the unhelpful behaviours or psychopathology being dealt with. MBCT is taught within a cognitive understanding and framework.
- Both MBSR and MBCT draw on concepts and and skills from other disciplines, for example, MBSR includes teaching on everyday communication and life style, MBCT includes techniques and exercises from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and includes didactic elements, which give the participants information about a particular difficulty e.g. in the case of low mood or depression participants are given information on the universal characteristics of depression to facilitate them in recognising and dealing with their relapse signatures.
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