Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a skills-based therapeutic approach that was originally developed as a relapse-prevention program for depression. It is particularly effective for people with a past history of recurrent major depressive disorder, and is also helpful for people experiencing symptoms of residual depression, mild to moderate acute depression, and for management of anxiety, stress and chronic pain. Many who attend MBCT have no diagnosis, and choose to participate for "personal development".
Mindfulness West currently offers the MBCT program as a 9-week group program. Participants attend "virtually", connecting via a Zoom for Healthcare to participate in weekly classes lasting two hours each. However, most of the benefit of MBCT is achieved outside of class, with guided meditations and other home practices intended to support the integration of mindfulness into daily life so that benefits last after the 8-week program.
Occasionally we may offer "Alumni Group"sessions to support continued practice, and these are open to anyone who has completed one of the Mindfulness West programs.
This course directly targeted my thoughts and behaviours and showed me the link to my anxiety. Before this I had not found help that was tangible or constructive.