Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention
for Depression (MBCT)
according to Mark Williams et al.
Mindfuness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was developed by professors Williams, Teasdale and Segal to provide those suffering from depression with a practical means of preventing relapse.
Including both core elements of MBSR and techniques of cognitive behavioural therapy, MBCT is usually offered as a training running over 8 weeks. Apart from mindfulness exercises, body awareness (body scan), gentle Yoga stretching, and education of everyday mindfulness, the program included essential information on depression and exercises used in cognitive behavioural therapy.
Mindfulness will help you to more easily become aware of thoughts, feelings and body sensations, thus providing you with a kind of early warning system to counteract potential relapses into depression.
In order to effectively use mindfulness it will be necessary that you implement the exercises from the course in everyday life and practise them on a daily basis. To support this, as a participant of the course you will receive CDs as well as comprehensive handouts for each session.
MBCT courses are specifically addressed to people who have suffered from a number of depressive episodes, yet are presently not depressed.
MBCT courses are built around a progressive series of themes, and offered in weekly sessions of 2.5 hours. Each session includes group practice, some input and presentation, discussion of home work and support for your personal practice. In addition , a mindfulness day of 5 hours length is offered, usually after the 6th session.
To participate, you are asked to commit to a practice of about 40 minutes on 5 days every week. To support your practice you will receive CDs with led exercises. To further develop and deepen awareness, plenty short exercises are included in the course.
As part of the course package, I offer a non-binding consultation that is aimed to help you decide whether it would be sensible to you to do the course at this point in life.