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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression

MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) is based on the MBSR program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The MBCT program designed by Zindel Segal, Marc Williams , and John Teasdale is designed specifically for people who suffer from depressed mood and was created to help prevent relapse into depression. MBCT focuses on developing certain skills; while cognitive therapy can teach you how to be aware of distortions in thinking, adding mindfulness to the treatment can teach you how to ground into the present moment and see your thought and feelings as simply mental events in the mind that come and go. Rather than trying to change or eliminate difficult mental experiences, MBCT teaches you how to develop a whole different understanding of and relationship to your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations.

By learning to change your relationship to negative thoughts or unpleasant experiences, they become much easier to handle, reducing the negative cycle that too often leads to depressive relapse.