Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness classes in London and internationally via Skype

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is popular with people from all walks of life with various levels of stress and illness.  It combines mindfulness techniques like meditation, breathing exercises and stretching with elements from cognitive therapy to help break limiting thought patterns.  It can be particularly helpful with low moods, and many people speak positively about how MBCT has transformed their lives.

Who could benefit from MBCT?

Mindfulness is helpful for anyone experiencing dissatisfaction and want more out of life.  The course can support all people experiencing signs of stress: irritability, muscle tension, feeling overwhelmed, burn out, apathy, restlessness, headaches, anxiety, fatigue, stomach distress, difficulty in concentrating, worry, over-work, substance abuse, smoking, eating & sleeping disturbances in daily life and want to promote healthy living.

It also complements the medical management of illness, chronic pain and stress-related conditions such as: Depression, Anxiety & Panic, Chronic pain, Sleep disturbances, Cancer, AIDS, Heart disease, High Blood Pressure, Asthma, Gastrointestinal disorders, Arthritis/Fibromyalgia and many other medical conditions.

MBCT has been endorsed by NICE (the UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence) as an effective treatment for prevention of relapse for people who have been clinically depressed 3 or more times and who are currently well.

 

MBCT – the evidence:  (source: The Mental Health Foundation – www.bemindful.co.uk )
DEPRESSION

MBCT is more effective than maintenance doses of anti-depressants in preventing a relapse in depression.
Three-quarters of people taking an MBCT course alongside anti-depressants were able to come off their medication within 15 months.
MBCT can also reduce the severity of symptoms for people who are experiencing an episode of depression.

ANXIETY

MBCT has been shown to reduce insomnia in people with anxiety disorders.

People who are more mindful have greater self-esteem and feel less neurotic.

Meditation-based practices like mindfulness reduce people’s dependence on alcohol, caffeine, prescription medication and illegal drugs.

 

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