Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MCBT) is an educational and experiential group program combining mindfulness meditation with cognitive therapy to prevent relapses of depression. MBCT is based on the Mindfulness Stress Reduction Program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Depression affects millions of Americans. Even for those who have been treated, depression may tend to recur. People who have had depression can often fall into patterns of negative thoughts and behaviors. The goal of MBCT is to help you change your response to these thoughts and difficult situations, making them easier to handle thus breaking the cycle that too often leads to unhappiness and depression.
In this program you will learn to:
- Become aware of, and relate differently to, negative thoughts and difficult feelings
- Disengage from the cycle of habitual or "automatic" thought and mood patterns that can contribute to depression
- Approach, rather than avoid, difficulties in your life
- Lessen self-critical thoughts and judgments
- Increase a sense of self-mastery
- Increase peace and contentment
The Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Course is an eight-week program that will begin in October 2013. The group will meet for 2.5 hours each week.
An individual discussion with the course leader is required prior to enrollment in the course. This brief interview will provide additional information about the course and assess if MBCT is an appropriate option.
Group Facilitator: Susan Stevens, PsyD Susan.P.Stevens@Dartmouth.Edu