MBCT is an 8 week programme of 2 hour classes, consisting of mindfulness meditation and cognitive exercises. There are also opportunities during the classes to discuss and reflect on your experiences with the programme’ facilitators and fellow participants.
Participants are also invited to carry out a daily mindfulness meditation practice of approximately 45 minutes in duration in between classes guided by professionally recorded CD’s.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Group
The course will be coordinated by Dr Hannah Wilson
This group is for those looking to develop their mindfulness skills in order to better cope with the challenges of living! Mindfulness simply means paying attention, on purpose in a particular way in the present moment without judgment. If we are able to do this we can attend to what is present more skillfully and wisely instead of falling into old patterns of reacting.
Mindfulness has been shown to an effective tool to help people cope better with stress, recurrent depression, anxiety and chronic pain. It is not a cure – it does not stop painful feelings – but provides an effective way of being with these aspects of our lives.
In the group we will learn the skill of mindfulness by practicing mindfulness. It is a practical group that focuses on the development of the skill. We will be practicing the body scan, mindful movement and mindfulness of the breath along with reflection and discussion. A commitment to attend all the sessions is important as is the willingness to practice in-between the group sessions. Homework is a core element of the program.
If you are interested in joining the group please contact The Assistant Practice Manager at The Dove Clinic:
- Complete and return the registration form. Dr Wilson will then contact you personally as she likes to talk with everyone individually before the start of the group. This helps her know who is coming to the group and ensure it is the right group for you.
- If possible, start reading one of the reference books cited below
- Kabat Zinn, J. (1991). Full Catastrophe Living. How to cope with stress, pain and illness using mindfulness meditation. Piaktus Press.
- Kabat Zinn, J. (1994). Wherever you go there you are. Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life. Piaktus Press.
- Teasdale, J., Williams, M., Segal, Z. and Kabat Zinn, J. (2008). A Mindful Way through Depression. Guildford Press.