A Lighter Life: Managing Anxiety and Depression
Overcoming Depression and Escaping Anxiety Group
This is an eight-week program designed to teach you how to overcome depression and prevent depression relapse.
It will also teach you new tools and techniques to deal with anxiety.
This Group is for you if you have:
- Experienced ongoing or recurrent depression or sadness
- Recurring anxiety that feels paralyzing
- Repeated episodes of major depression.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy combines mindfulness practices with cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and has been proven effective in helping to prevent the return of depression in numerous clinical studies.
This group will give you an initial private screening interview, 8 two-hour sessions, as well as a workbook and mp3’s for home practice.
Because of the workshop format and the emphasis on teaching and empowering participants to take control of their own process, this is one of the most cost-effective treatments available for depression.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Group FAQs
Who benefits from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy?
MBCT is perfect for you if you are looking for ways to avoid experiencing the pain of depression again or if you are looking for a way to manage your current depression without medication.
What does the program entail?
This program will teach you about the thought processes that lead to depression. Additionally, it will help you develop new ways of responding to these thought processes and help you change the direction of your mind, short-circuiting the mental depression loop. For eight weeks, you will follow a series of carefully organized steps designed to develop awareness and, most importantly, experience shifts in thinking.
Is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Effective?
MBCT has been clinically tested in replicated studies and has been shown to be effective in helping to prevent the return of depression.
Studies found that MBCT reduces rates of relapse by as much as 50% among patients who suffer from recurrent depression, and numerous experts in the field have endorsed MBCT as an effective treatment.
My experience with participants confirms that they find it an enormously valuable way to change their relationship to their thoughts and feelings, and strengthen their resilience and increase their happiness. Former participants have shared thoughts like “It changed my life,” and “I’m a different person after this”.
How does Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Work?
The Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course is presented in eight two-hour sessions plus a day of mindfulness. The structure of the course was very carefully designed by an impressive group of mental health professionals: Dr. Zindel Segal, Dr. Mark Williams and Dr. John Teasdale, in collaboration with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Dr. Kabat-Zinn developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, which has been used effectively now for over 20 years to help thousands of people dealing with chronic pain and illness.
In the MBCT course, you learn to observe the activities of mind that lead to depression and develop effective intervention techniques. Each week includes carefully designed homework assignments that will allow you to develop the skills to deal with difficult life situations.
Following the eight-week course, participants are welcome to attend ongoing classes, either on a regular or a drop-in basis. These are offered to support you in continuing to implement these practices in your life and especially to support you when difficult life situations arise.
What are class sizes?
Class sizes are limited to 7-8 people.
Can I take this course it if I’m already in therapy?
The MBCT course can be taken as a supplement to regular therapy and can be an excellent and effective addition. By increasing your ability to be aware of your own thoughts and feelings as well as strengthening your capacity to handle difficult feelings, the course can make current therapy even more effective.
An initial intake is conducted to determine if each person is in a space where participation in this course will be beneficial. Collaboration with your primary therapist or psychiatrist may be required for participation in this course.
For Further Information:
This is the home site of the founders of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. It contains lots of useful information, including links to clinical trials, bios of the developers, articles and more.
Science Daily article
A good article with lots of information as well as a comparison with the use of maintenance anti-depressants.
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