Mindfulness West

 

Mindfulness West is a mental health service run by health professionals. The Mindfulness-Based Programs offered by Mindfulness West are evidence-based, and combine Mindfulness with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches.

 

Mindfulness is a non-judgemental way of paying attention to the present moment.

CBT brings awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to low mood, anxious states and other difficult emotions.

Mindfulness-based program participants learn self-care strategies to help:

  • shift out of "auto-pilot" states of mind

  • become more aware and less judgemental

  • appreciate small pleasures in every day life

  • learn a new approach to dealing with difficult moods and emotions.

 

Mindfulness West offers three kinds of group programs at no cost* to people with a valid BC Care Card #:

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), and 

  • Mindful Self-Care for Caregivers.

Each group runs for 8-weeks, with 2 hours classes held weekly. But at the core of all Mindfulness-Based Programs is daily home practice.

If you are interested in participating in one of Mindfulness West's groups programs, you can ask for a referral from a physician, nurse practitioner or mental health professional. You will be invited to attend a pre-course appointment when we are planning the next group. We offer only a few groups per year.

 

We are pleased to partner with other service delivery organizations to provide Mindfulness-Based Programs in the Westshore area. Our programs are accessible to people living on Southern Vancouver Island - the in Victoria, Langford, Colwood, Metchosin and Sooke region.

Mindfulness West also works with organizations in not-for-profit, for-profit and government sectors to deliver educational workshops. To learn more about how we can help you bring an educational mindfulness program to your organization, please contact us

*The Mindful Way Workbook is used in the MBCT and Mindful Self-Care courses. Only some of our partners cover the cost of the workbook.

 

Mindfulness West offers 8-week evidence-based programs that integrate mindfulness practices into different therapeutic frameworks. Specific programs are appropriate for those who have experienced depression, anxiety, addiction, caregiver burden, pain, illness and stress.

The groups we offer are:

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)

  • Mindful Self-Care for Caregivers

 

You can learn more about our programs by following the links below.

At Mindfulness West we can offer mindfulness-based educational workshops tailored to the identified needs of workplaces. Whether you want to 'plant a seed' with a brief introduction to mindfulness, offer a 1-2 day workshop or an 8-week development program - we will work with you to create an educational (non-therapeutic) program that is designed to fit your organization’s needs.

Participants will learn what mindfulness is and how to apply these practices at work and at home. We can include topics such as health and wellness, mental health, stress management, and work-life balance.

 

Contact us to find out more. 

I learned to take a kinder, more gentle attitude toward myself. I also learned to recognize warning signals and take helpful action.

MBCT Participant

 

Partnerships

Mindfulness West partners with not-for-profits, health authority programs and other health care organizations to deliver mindfulness-based therapeutic programs. 

 

To date we have had the privilege of working with:

 

If you are a service agency interested in working with Mindfulness West to offer Mindfulness-Based Programs, please contact us.

Sooke Region, Westshore & Greater Victoria, BC