Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)

At Psychology Sussex we offer Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy in both individual courses and group classes

Mindfulness is a way of developing a relationship with ourselves and the world that is attentive and accepting. Often we find ourselves worrying about the future or getting lost in thoughts about the past that keep us trapped in old patterns that we automatically repeat. This can rob us of our ability to be in the present moment and to relate with spontaneity and creativity. Mindfulness helps us to purposefully notice our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations freshly and without judgement.


Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) was developed in the 1990’s by a group of psychologists who devised a programme that brought together meditation and cognitive therapy approaches. Over the years, MBCT has been more and more widely practised and researched, and is being increasingly used within the NHS to help people with a variety of difficulties. It is recommended as an effective, evidence-based practice by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) to prevent relapse in depression. Research studies suggest it can help people who have difficulties with low mood, anxiety and stress. Mindfulness-based approaches have also been used in the management of physical pain, binge eating, addictions and self harm. We have found that it can particularly help those who experience intense self-criticism to develop a kinder and gentler attitude to themselves, and can therefore be useful where self esteem is an issue.


What is involved in a MBCT programme?

We would meet with you individually prior to the programme starting. This would allow us to explore with you what you are hoping to gain from the programme and to explain some of the ideas behind the course. The MBCT programme itself is taught in a group format. We would aim to keep the groups relatively small with up to about 8 participants. There are 8 weekly sessions each lasting 2 hours which take participants through a structured series of mindfulness exercises as well as providing a time to discuss experiences of the practices. CDs of the practices are provided and are used as guides for practise at home during the week. It is our experience that people who can do daily home practise between group sessions are most likely to benefit from the course.


You can read more about MBCT in:

‘The Mindful Way Through Depression’ by Mark Williams, John Teadale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn and ‘Full Catastrophe Living: how to cope with stress, pain and illness using mindfulness meditation’ by Jon Kabat-Zinn.




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