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.