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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)






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MBCT is supported by a growing base of empirical research and recommended by NICE* as a cost-effective treatment of choice for recurrent depression.

If you suffer from depression please speak to your GP about the possibility of being referred onto an MBCT course.

Both MBCT and MBSR courses have proven evidence supporting their application with regards to a wide range of physical and mental health concerns.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss your particular circumstances.

We would also welcome contact from GPs interested in finding out more about  Mindfulness Based Interventions. 

* National Institute for Clinical Excellence.



Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a structured group course combining mindfulness and CBT with a proven record of preventing the relapse of depression. It is recommended in NHS guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of RECURRENT DEPRESSION.

Based on the original Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course the programme focusses on depression as opposed to stress and on coping mechanisms relating to depression. It also teaches mindfulness and meditation as an effective and dependable counter-balance to the stresses of life.

During this 8 week course we will explore and encourage you to make mindfulness practice part of your lifestyle. Backed by sound scientific research presented in an easy to understand format, not only will you enjoy meditation you will understand why meditation should be seen as being just as important to our health and well-being as exercise and diet have become over recent decades.



The MBCT course follows a structured 8 week, group programme with groups varying between 6 and 12 participants. Single weekly sessions are generally 2 to 2.5 hours and there is an optional single all-day mindfulness retreat which will be offered towards the end of your course..

Each session, backed by a scientific overview, covers particular exercises and topics that are examined within the context of mindfulness. These include different forms of mindfulness meditation practice, mindful awareness during everyday activities and mindfulness during stressful situations and social interaction:


Course Structure

Week 1: Waking up to the autopilot

Getting out of our habitual ways

Week 2: Keeping the body in mind

Exploring the difference between thinking and experiencing

Week 3: Re-integrating mind and body

Cultivating our early warning systems

Week 4: Responding mindfully 

Working with different objects of meditation

Week 5: Turning towards difficulties  

Cultivating a spirit of openness, curiosity and compassion

Week 6: How the past shapes our future 

Living in the present

Week 7: Nourishing our life

Mindful living

Week 8: Plan for well-being

Keep taking the meditation



Towards the end of your course you will be invited to join us for a day of peace and meditation. This is a unique opportunity to prioritise your wellbeing by taking a day out to relax, refresh and rejuvanate.





York MBSR & The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion

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