Stressed? Prone to anxious anticipation or somber retrospection? Mindfulness is a practice that can be used to help people stay in the present moment and teaches breathing techniques that support calmness. It’s also a practice that helps us to step back and notice our thoughts instead of reacting to them before assessing how ‘true’ they are. As a meditation practitioner I can help start patients on their own custom mindfulness journeys.
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, or MBCT, is designed for people who suffer from repeated bouts of depression or chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness.
Recent research has shown that people who have been clinically depressed three or more times in their life find that learning mindfulness-based skills help to considerably reduce their chances of depression returning. Evidence indicates that mindfulness-based therapy may reduce the rate of depressive relapse by50%.
What does MBCT help treat?*
- Depression and anxiety
- Food and eating issues
- Low mood and negative thoughts
- Body sensations such as weariness and sluggishness
If you can relate to any of the above issues, mindfulness-based therapy may be right for you. MBCT helps people separate themselves from their thoughts and moods, and teaches them how to recognize their sense of being. It also aims to give participants the necessary tools to combat depressive symptoms as they arise.
If you think you may benefit from mindfulness-based therapy, please contact me today.
* Patients who have been experiencing psychosis, or who have a history of significant trauma that hasn’t been addressed in therapy, may not be good candidates for a meditation-based treatment.