Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Stress

(MBCT for Stress – Eight-week Programme)

Thursday Evenings   (7.30pm to 9.30pm)
9th January to  27th February 2020

About the programme
This course is an adaptation of the MBCT course, initially developed by Segal, Williams, and Teasdale in the 1990s to help people suffering from depression reduce relapses of illness. The MBCT for Stress programme consists of 8 weekly 2 hour sessions in a small group of people (10-12 people max.).

All training complies with the Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) from the UK Network for Mindfulness-based Teacher Training Organisations.

What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness simply means non-judgmental, moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and sensations. It develops concentration and the ability to witness the present, as opposed to being caught up in, your thoughts.

What are the benefits of being mindful?
• An ability to cope better with long-term and short-term stress
• Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
• Increased confidence and improved self-esteem
• Greater capacity to cope with pain and difficulty
• A valuable insight into their own inner strength and resources Mindfulness can enable you to see things differently and raises your awareness of your options giving you more strength to face the different challenges in your life.

What will I learn?
The core skill that you will learn is ‘mindfulness’; a way of paying attention, on purpose and non-judgmentally, to what goes on in the present moment in your body, mind, and the world around you.

You will learn several key mindfulness practices and have the opportunity to discuss these and to share your experience with them in the group.

This intensive course will teach you skills:
To help you stay in touch with the present moment and engage more positively with the world
To develop more appropriate responses to stress rather than reacting in unhelpful ways.

You will also learn:
How to meditate by watching your breath and becoming aware of changing sensations in the body
How to get some ‘distance and perspective’ on your thoughts and feelings.

Home practice:
To gain maximum benefit, you will be encouraged to set aside 45 minutes for daily practice.

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