What is Mindfulness-Based CBT (MBCT)?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach, increasingly used within CBT practice. It encourages you to process your experience without judgement, as it arises, helping you to change your relationship with distressing thoughts and feelings, and accept that even although difficult things happen, it is possible to work with your experiences in new ways in reducing emotional distress.
What is Mindfulness?
One way of describing mindfulness is ‘Living fully in the present moment, knowing what is happening, as it is actually happening’. This means paying deliberate attention to what you are doing, as you do it, without judging, having preferences, or trying to change the experience.
Mindfulness encourages us to be aware of each moment, rather than cut off from aspects of our experience.
Mindfulness helps us to tune in to what is going on in our mind, body and emotions day to day, and to work directly with the struggle, rather than ‘swept away’ by the current of challenging thoughts, feelings, worries, pressures and responsibilities.
Mindfulness can really improve the quality of our life. It cultivates a whole approach to life and living rather than just a momentary meditation technique.
Mindfulness can transform the way you think and feel about the experience of day to day living. People completing Mindfulness Course report:
• improved ability to manage stress, tension and anxiety,
• handling thoughts, moods and emotions more skilfully,
• more insight into emotions,
• enhanced attention and concentration,
• More self-acceptance and improved relationship with others.
Mindfulness is also proven to help with depression and addictive behaviours, and can have a positive effect on conditions like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain.
More and more therapist and counsellors are now integrating mindfulness and kindness practices in their individual and collective work-life. In the UK, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is endorsed by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).
Mindfulness increases moment-to-moment awareness so that we can notice and change these ingrained automatic reactions. This enables the individual to respond creatively to the stress and difficulty with more choice. It can offer an insight for many in cultivating a different kind of relationship (based on acceptance and kindness) with oneself and others.
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