Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based approach that combines both cognitive therapy and mindfulness meditation to treat anxiety and mood disorders. MBCT provides strategies to prevent relapse of depression and manage stress and anxiety through ongoing awareness and acceptance of the present moment as it relates to everyday experiences.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is awareness. Bringing one’s attention and noticing to one’s moment-by-moment thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and one’s surroundings without judgement. Practicing mindfulness is observing and listening to the experience in the present moment just as it is without getting lost in the story of whatever is going on. It is an unconditional presence experience without being right or wrong and bad or good.
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a short-term, structured talk therapy approach focused on present issues and changing one’s maladaptive thinking (cognition) and behavior.
“Our true home is not in the past. Our true home is not in the future. Our true home is in the here and the now. Life is available only in the here and the now, and it is our true home.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh