Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a fairly new approach, combining cognitive therapy principles with meditative practices and attitudes that facilitate the cultivation of mindfulness. I have received specific training in MBCT from Zindel Segal, one of the founders of this approach and an author of "The Mindful Way Through Depression," and I've been offering MBCT groups since 2011.
MBCT developed out of the discovery that even when people recover from depression, the link between negative moods and negative thoughts remains ready to be re-activated, making them vulnerable to downward mood spirals and recurrence of depression. By incorporating practices from the highly effective Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn over 30 years ago, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the latest in brain science research, MBCT teaches people how to prevent mild states of depression and anxiety from spiraling out of control.
MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as medication in preventing relapses of depression (without negative side effects!) as well as relieving the severity of symptoms in anxiety disorders or bipolar disorder. I have also used it with good results for clients in recovery from addiction. After just eight weeks of MBCT, participants' brain function and mood regulation improve in ways which allow them to respond more effectively to distressing situations, emotions and thoughts.
NEW GROUP STARTING - FALL 2018
- Thursdays 6 - 8 pm in Pleasanton. Begins September 27, goes to November 15
- Group meets once a week, for 8 weeks
- Group size limited to 8 participants
- Participants are also expected to do daily home practices
- Fee is $390, which includes The Mindful Way workbook and 2 CDs with guided meditations
- Early bird registration $315 before 9/13/18
Groups are offered 4 times a year, primarily in my Pleasanton office, occasionally in Castro Valley or other locations when there is sufficient interest.