Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a group-based courses for people with a history of recurring depression who are currently feeling well. It helps people to develop skills to prevent depression coming back.
People who have completed a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) course often say it has helped them to learn skills and strategies that help them halt the downward spiral into depression. They also describe how the course helps them to develop a more accepting relationship to bodily sensations, feelings and thoughts. Many group members say that they value meeting other people in the group with whom they have a lot in common.
Each group is run through the AccEPT clinic at the University of Exeter. The group meets for eight weekly two-hour sessions with a number of follow-up sessions several months later. There are up to 15 people in each group.
You can find out more about MBCT via these websites and media clippings:
- AccEPT Clinic, University of Exeter: www.exeter.ac.uk/mooddisorders/acceptclinic/
- The Mental health Foundation’s Be Mindful Campaign: http://www.bemindful.co.uk/
- Interview with Professor Kuyken: 'Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy halves the chance of depression recurring' (72kB PDF).
- Preliminary information for clients considering MBCT (52kB PDF).
- 'Taming the monkey mind', Sunday Telegraph (820kB PDF).
- 'De-clutter your mind', The Independent (104kB PDF).
- 'Study at retreat', The Observer (471kB PDF)
- 'Techniques are helping to tackle depression without resorting to drugs' Western Morning News (356kB PDF)