Introduction to Mindfulness

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The realisation that
thoughts are not facts
is vitally relevant
to all of us
Mark Williams


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness works in every moment of life
Mindfulness works in ordinary ways - every day of your life

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is closely modelled on the MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) programme, and includes elements from Cognitive Therapy.  UK research scientists Professor Mark Williams and Dr John Teasdale, together with their Canadian colleague Zindel Segal, developed MBCT specifically to help people with a history of depression. It was designed to help prevent relapse for people who had suffered from 3 or more episodes of depression. The cognitive-behavioural aspects of the MBCT programme help participants explore a different relationship to their thinking patterns, and develop self-care at times of potential relapse.

MBCT was evaluated in clinical trials and found to roughly halve rates of replapse compared with control groups. The programme is now recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a preventative treatment for the recurrence of depression. MBCT has also been shown to be of benefit to people with other conditions, such as anxiety and stress, heart disease, high blood pressure, skin disorders, etc.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)