Saturday, November 17, 2018

MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy)

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 patients 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 facilitation of MBCT is not a clinical intervention, not a replacement of doctor’s prescribed medication or therapy for depression or anxiety if any, not a motivational or personality development training, and not a counseling session.

FriendlyCare is certified to facilitate MBCT after an intensive training co by Centre for Mindfulness Studies Toronto, given to its network of facilitators.

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Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression.

8 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each plus Orientation & Interview (9 weeks, 23 hours)

Participants Will Learn

Skills and practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.


“It Helped me a lot, especially that I am a working mom. I can now deal with my everyday battles in my workplace, in my personal life or even in the streets. I now have the ability pull my self from the darkness of my Depression.” – MBCT Participant

Open Workshops

MBCT Sept.-Oct. Workshop

MBCT July-Aug. Workshop