Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MCBT) is more like a class than it is like group therapy. Skills are taught in 8 weekly session to help people who have suffered from depression in the past to prevent depression from returning. There are numerous research studies showing that these same skills are also beneficial to those who struggle with anxiety, chronic pain or a chronic illness.
Mindfulness is simply bringing your attention to the present moment, while letting go of judgments. While it is in some ways a simple skill, it takes practice. You will learn and practice new ways of being aware of bodily sensations, thoughts and feelings - as they are happening. Mindful acceptance allows you to break free from automatic habits and routines that may lead to a return of depression or anxiety. Learning to view thoughts as events in the mind, separate from the emotions the thoughts trigger, can enable you to choose more skillful responses. The thoughts do not need to be disputed, fixed or changed but are held in an awareness.
MBCT meets for 2 hours each Tuesday evening. You will gain the most benefit from the program when you spend about 45 - 60 minutes practicing the new skills each day during the week.
Space is limited. Advance registration required. Cost is $400 and includes CD and workbook.