Offices in Castro Valley & Pleasanton, CA

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Anxiety

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) has become the most empirically well-validated psychological treatment with a meditation basis, according to esteemed psychologists and authors Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson. 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 teaching MBCT since 2011.

By incorporating practices from the highly effective Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn over 30 years ago, with 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’s effectiveness has been demonstrated in hundreds of research studies and clinical settings, and it has also been used successfully to treat anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, and other conditions characterized by rumination and chronic worry.

Research has shown that after completion of the 8-week MBCT program, participants' brain function and mood regulation improve in ways which allow them to respond more effectively to distressing situations, emotions and thoughts.


  • An 8-week program designed to break the linkages between negative thoughts and negative moods which lead to downward mood spirals
  • This course will meet via Zoom videoconferencing, with HIPAA-compliant encryption
  • Course starts Sept 23 and ends Nov 11 2021
  • (Please reserve the same time Nov 18 to allow for the rare case of a session cancellation.)
  • Course meets Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:30 pm Pacific Time
  • This is a closed group limited to 8 adults
  • Participants are expected to do daily home practice
  • Participants will need to order their own copy of The Mindful Way Workbook
  • Course fee is $395, or $320 if you register by Sept 1st
  • 14 CE credits available for Health Professionals, including psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs and RNs

The teachings of this course are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients. CE credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended yoga or meditation sessions. For learning objectives for this course, download CE Course flyer.

If you are a health professional interested in receiving CE credit, please see the Continuing Education page.