Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a therapeutic approach that combines cognitive theory and meditative practices to cultivate a present-centered, non-judgmental stance known as “mindfulness.” This approach operates from the assumption that thoughts precede emotions and that chronic negative self-beliefs can fuel more persistent mood states, such as depression or anxiety. My goal is to help my clients not only observe their thought patterns in a non-judgmental way, but also practice replacing negative thinking with healthier patterns that more closely reflect their current reality.
This method of therapy allows clients to fully approach and assess their thoughts without getting “hooked” into them. Mindfulness practices allow space to observe this pattern as it happens without judgment or getting caught up in past or future possibilities. It allows clients to stay present with “now” and make choices based on current circumstance. Although research has shown MBCT is most effective in treating depressive symptoms by reducing the risk of relapse for those who struggle with depressive symptoms by nearly 50%, it has also been shown to be effective for managing symptoms of anxiety and stress.
Some of things we focus on include attending to one’s experience in the moment as evidenced by contact with the wholeness of one’s present experience (not the story about that experience). This is accomplished by focusing on one’s breath, attending to one’s physical sensations, noting thoughts and emotions as they arise and letting them go, and practicing a non-judgmental stance toward this experience.
If you believe you will benefit from mindfulness-based therapy, please contact me today to learn more. I am be happy to speak with you about how I may be able to help.