The Mindfulnesss-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Course was designed to help people who experience repeated bouts of depression and to help prevent depression coming back. Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme, MBCT was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale.

MBCT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for depression. Evidence shows that MBCT can, on average, reduce the risk of relapse of recurrent depression by 43% (Mark et al, 2014).

The programme comprises of weekly classes and you’ll be provided with guided meditations so that you can practise at home once a day for 6 days a week. On the course you’ll learn different mindfulness techniques like meditation, breathing exercises and mindful movement. Elements from cognitive therapy have been included to help work with the negative thought patterns that accompany recurrent depression.

On the course you’ll learn to:

  • to pay attention in a kind and compassionate way to your experience, to what’s happening for you moment to moment
  • become more familiar with how your mind works
  • notice old habits of negative thinking or the tendency to dwell on problems that lead to anxiety or lowering of mood
  • to stay closely in touch with direct sensory experience rather than being in the head all the time
  • choose a wiser, kinder way of relating to our thoughts and all of our experience
  • broaden awareness in order to include all of our experience, including the small pleasures in life that make life worth living
  • to be kind to yourself instead of beating yourself up, battling with your experience, or driving yourself to meet impossible goals
  • to accept yourself as you are, rather than judging and comparing yourself with others
  • to come home to the body, helping you to identify the signs of oncoming depression
  • to tackle anxiety and depression before it takes hold

 

Can I benefit from this course if I have NOT been depressed?

Yes. The mindfulness skills taught on a MBCT programme are helpful to anyone wishing to explore healthier ways of navigating the inevitable ups and downs and stresses of everyday life. Developing awareness enables us to see unhelpful patterns more clearly and to then to choose more skilfully and more wisely.

 

Support during the course

Should you experience any difficulties in connection with the course in between the sessions, your teacher will be available via e-mail during the week and you can also make contact with them on the phone. It is important to use this as a resource rather than get stuck in any difficulty. It is also helpful to ask a friend or if appropriate, a therapist to be available for personal support during the course. The course teacher is available for support in connection with issues arising through the course and the mindfulness practice but is unable to offer therapeutic support should it be needed.

 

Booking a place

Standard course fee £195 (there are a small number of concessions available for people on state benefit or low income).

You can reserve a place on the course by completing the below booking form and paying the full course fee.

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  • You can pay by cheque, cash or BACS.
  • Please let me know when you make a payment.
  • If you would like to send a cheque let me know and I'll forward you the address. Please make cheques payable to C. Power.
  • For BACS payments: Bank Name: The Cooperative Bank, Sort Code: 089300, Account Number: 78077214. Please use your full name as a reference.
  • A receipt confirming your place on the course will be sent when you return this form along with payment.

 

Dates of the next course

Please see the courses schedule


Venue

Greenbank Sports Academy Conference Centre, Greenbank Lane, Liverpool 17, L17 1AG Free parking/cafe.

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