Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is group based psychological program for people at risk for depressive relapse who wish to learn how to stay well in the long-term.
What it involves?
This is an eight weeks course that requires you to participate in 2.5 hrs./weekly class. Also, one full day of mindfulness retreat allows participants to practice all varieties of meditation learned during the course. In the class you will learn/experiment various mindfulness practices followed by discussion.
What do I learn?
The Intention of this program is to allow and nurture experiential learning as best as possible. Also, there will be teaching and discussions. Each week following topics will be covered: becoming awareness of autopilot, living in our Heads, gathering our mind, recognizing aversion, allowing and letting be, thoughts are not facts, taking care of self. Some of the practices introduced are
“Formal” Mindfulness Meditation: Body Scan Meditation, Body Movement Meditation, Sitting Meditation, Walking Meditation, etc.
Informal” Mindfulness Meditation (mindfulness in everyday life): Awareness of pleasant and unpleasant events, Awareness of breathing, Deliberate awareness of routine activities and events such as eating, weather, driving walking, awareness of interpersonal communications, etc. Daily home practice including a minimum of 45 minutes per day of formal mindfulness practice and 5-15 minutes of informal practice, 6 days per week for the entire duration of the course.
How does it work?
Through the mindfulness practices participants learn to see more clearly the patterns of the mind, and to recognise when mood is beginning to dip without adding to the problem by attempting to avoid or suppress painful thoughts and feelings, or by falling into analysis and rumination. This helps break the old association between negative mood and the negative thinking it would normally trigger. Participants develop the capacity to allow distressing emotions, thoughts and sensations to come and go, without feeling that they have to suppress them, run away from them, or fight them. They learn to stay in touch with the present moment, without being driven to ruminate about the past or worry about the future.
Who can benefit?
Research has shown that MBCT beneficial
MBCT is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of depressive relapse/recurrence over 60 weeks compared with usual care.
NICE guidance – MBCT was recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 2004. ‘Of the treatments specifically designed to reduce relapse group-based mindfulness-based cognitive therapy has the strongest evidence base with evidence that it is likely to be effective in people who have experienced three or more depressive episodes. (NICE 2009).
Who might not be suitable for this course?
Mindfulness is not a practice to fix immediate/Acute problems of life. It required gentle and regular practice that needs to be cultivated over a period of time. Hence, Individuals facing acute/immediate life challenges such as recent bereavement, physical health diagnosis, increased symptoms of mental health condition, etc.
Please contact for advice to discuss your suitability before making an application. Participation in this program requires completion of an application, Pre-class Interview and acceptance of the application.
How much it Cost?
This course will cost 250 per person. This course is limited to 14 participants. Your place will be secured after a deposit of 100 euros and subject to your suitability for this course/availability.