MBCT is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse and treating mood disorders. It reduces depression, anxiety and stress. It follows an eight-week of two-and-a-half hour group therapy curriculum that combines the tools of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) with the practice of mindfulness meditation.
MBCT was developed by Zindel Segal and draws from the research Segal undertook with Mark Williams and John Teasdale that is documented in their book Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression. The heart of MBCT lies in acquainting participants with the modes of mind that often characterize depression, anxiety, and emotional distress while simultaneously giving them tools to develop a new relationship to these modes.
FriendlyCare is certified to facilitate MBCT after an intensive training by the Centre for Mindfulness Studies Toronto, conducted in the Philippines in 2018.