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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a therapy combining cognitive therapy, meditation, and non-judgmental thinking. You may have heard of mindfulness-based cognitive behavior therapy (MCBT).  With this treatment, individuals learn to reframe their negative thoughts into productive ones.  MBCT simply takes this concept and integrates mindfulness into the mix. MBCT  is a good mental health treatment for those struggling with repetitive negative thought patterns and/or depressive symptoms.

In sessions, clients learn many different mindfulness exercises to help with anxiety and depression.  You’re not just going to therapy to talk about your problems.  You are also learning mindfulness to techniques to help you with anxiety and depression-based thoughts.  When you have numerous mindfulness exercises to choose from, you will be better able to handle and cope with your mental, emotional, and physical health.

With MBCT your therapist is also trained as a mindfulness teacher.  Your therapist will support you in learning to work through both anxious and depressive symptoms.  At the end of MBCT treatment, you will know many helpful mindfulness exercises learned from your therapist and mindfulness teacher.  You can select the exercises and practices that treat your symptoms best.

When individuals engage in the treatment, they learn to target automatic thoughts that contribute to depression.  If you are struggling with negative self-talk or ruminating in depressive thoughts, MBCT is an excellent form of treatment for you. You’re practicing mindfulness while learning cognitive reframing which helps you in all areas of life.