Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a type of therapy which combines cognitive behavioral techniques with mindfulness strategies to help individuals better understand and manage their thoughts and emotions with the goal of achieving relief from feelings of distress. MBCT is specifically used to aid in preventing the relapse of depression, specifically in individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD).
This method combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. With mindfulness-based cognitive therapy people learn how to use cognitive methods and mindfulness meditation to interrupt the automatic processes often triggering depression. MBCT helps participants learn how to recognize their sense of being and see themselves as separate from their thoughts and moods. This disconnect allows people to become liberated from thought patterns in which the same negative messages may be relayed over and over.
The overall goal of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is to provide participants with the necessary tools to combat depressive symptoms as they arise. Individuals who learn these skills may then be able to revert to these methods in times of distress or when faced with potentially overwhelming situations.
MBCT is meant to promote good health and many studies have associated mindfulness with decreases in depression and anxiety. This therapy is delivered as a weekly group treatment program over the course of several weeks. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can be used as a primary treatment modality or in conjunction with other forms of therapy.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be used with the following conditions:
- Current depression
- Depressive relapse
- Residual depression
- Food and eating disorders
At A New Start, Inc., our dedicated team of therapists utilize a range of therapies for each patient based on their individual needs. Our team of therapists offer specialized therapies which can be combined for effective treatment using co-therapy methods. To learn more about A New Start, Inc., and our intensive outpatient program for treatment of drug and alcohol addiction, please contact us today at 1.844.TALK.ANS.