Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a form of therapy designed to assist patients that are repeatedly affected by chronic unhappiness and bouts of depression. It is based upon the combination of two ideas, that is, a mix of cognitive therapy and meditative practices, and the development of attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. As such, whereas mindfulness involves paying attention to the world around us and being present moment, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is designed to target the negative thought patterns that cause anxious and depressive spirals.

MBCT Therapists at Save Minds

An MBCT therapist from one of our Save Minds will typically teach the patient how to break away from their negative thoughts using tools that are modified from cognitive therapy, and incorporate various mindfulness practices including breathing exercises and meditation. These tools assist the patient to identify their negative patterns that lead to downward spirals and a depressed state; this enables them to be able to fight off any depression before it has a chance to take hold.

Why it works

MBCT is centred upon the understanding the various modes of the human mind; these often lead to mood disorders, and therefore, our therapists are able to help patients develop a new relationship with these modes of the mind. Normal sadness is often a powerful trigger for people that have had a prior depressive state, thereby putting them at risk for a relapse into another/ subsequent bouts of depression. As such, rather than having patients avoid or eliminate their sadness (or any other type of negative emotion), they are taught to, by practicing meditation and other mindfulness exercises, change their relationship with these emotions. By doing so, the patient is able to rebalance their neural networks, thereby allowing them to move their state of mind from automatic negative responses to one that understands that there are other ways to respond to situations.