Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

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The Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy programme was developed by Prof. Mark Williams (Oxford), John Teasdale (Oxford and Cambridge) and Zindel Segal (Toronto) for people who suffer repeated bouts of depression. There is a strong evidence base supporting this program.

The MBCT programme is closely based on the Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.

Content of the MBCT Program

• Awareness of automatic pilot
• Living in our minds
• Staying present
• Acceptance, allowing, letting be
• Thoughts are not facts
• “How can I best take care of myself?”
• Maintaining and extending new learning

You will learn:
• to become familiar with the workings of your mind
• to notice the times when you are at risk of getting caught in old habits of mind that re-activate
downward mood spirals
• to notice pleasures in the world around you instead of living in your head
• to be kind to yourself instead of wishing things were different all the time, or driving yourself to
meet impossible goals
• to let go of self criticism and judgments
• to learn to respond rather than react to unhelpful thoughts

Course Overview:
• Individual phone interview with facilitator prior to commencement of programme
• Group format
• 2 hour sessions, once a week, in the evening for 8 weeks, plus an all-day session held on week 6.
• A typical session would contain a mixture of theory, practice and group discussions.
• You have reading material and CDs to support your daily practice.

Who can benefit?
Anyone can benefit from cultivating more mindfulness in their lives. The MBCT course is designed for those who experience recurrent depression but can be beneficial for:

• Stress – including work, school, family, financial, illness, ageing, worry, and irritability.

• Medical – including chronic illness

• Psychological – including anxiety, panic, mild depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances.

• Wellness – including health enhancement and wellness focused on prevention and learning the ‘how’ of taking good care of yourself and feeling a greater sense of balance.

And those who are feeling pretty well and want to keep it that way are also welcome to attend!

Note
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat and cushion if you have one available.

To reap the most benefits from MBSR, participants are encouraged to attend each session, and practice daily at home for the duration of the course.

Teacher

Dr Clarke will be facilitating the 8 week course. Dr Clarke trained with The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. She is also under supervision with The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor. She holds extensive experience in facilitating Mindfulness Groups and has a strong personal commitment to her personal practice.

Date

 

TBC

Time

Monday’s 7.30pm

Cost

€380 for 8 weeks = €47:50 per class.

Discount if two people book = €350 each.

Cost includes the course handbook and ‘Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ book with guided CD.

Booking

To book this course please contact the clinic via phone or the email contact form.