Counselling & Psychotherapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is a type of Cognitive Therapy that incorporates meditative practices and the cultivation of mindfulness.

Why might this approach be used?

MBCT is used to treat many mental health challenges including anxiety disorders, depression, and bipolar disorder. This approach is also used to prevent relapse of symptoms. MBCT allows clients to become more self-aware of thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations (Kocovski and Mackenzie, 2016). A study conducted by Tickell et al., (2020) implementing MBCT found that individuals felt a significant improvement in their mental wellbeing following treatment. 

When might this approach be used?

MBCT is used for individuals experiencing anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder. This approach is also used to prevent the relapse of various disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder and addiction. 

How can MBCT help?

MBCT allows clients to better understand their emotions, feelings and promotes a sense of calm and control. This method can also serve to increase attention and concentration.

Various studies have shown the efficacy of MBCT on various mental health challenges and have found MBCT to minimize symptoms of anxiety and depression. Kuyken et al. (2016) found that MBCT significantly reduced rates of depressive relapse through the reduction of automatic negative thoughts.

Variations and Types of MBCT

There are a few variations of MBCT such as Mindfulness-based stress reduction also known as MBSR. MBCT may also include other components similar to yoga such as body scan. Mindfulness can also be implemented while engaging in simple tasks such as showering, eating and walking.

How to get started

First, determine if MBCT is right for you by booking a consultation with one of our therapists trained in the method. The therapist will then consider your symptoms, treatment history and therapy goals. Some helpful tips for getting started include trying not to second guess yourself, staying present in the moment and working on being non-judgmental toward yourself and the process.

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