MBSR and MBCT

Here i will give you some more information about the difference between MBSR and MBCT course. The reason i'm explaining this is that, depending on the demand of the group,  i might merge some of the MBCT techniques in the MBSR course.

 

MBCT stands for Mindfulness based cognitive therapy, and is an adaptation of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) that uses the same basic format and structure – an 8-week class with an all-day retreat; a class structure that includes psychoeducation, formal meditation and movement practices, and teacher-led discussion and inquiry, including daily home practices and exercises. 

Just like in MBSR, during the course you learn to recognise habitual and/or unhelpful reactions to difficulty and you'll learn instead to bring an interested, accepting (embracing) and non-judgmental attitude to all experience, including difficult sensations, emotions, thoughts and behaviour.   

It is is different in that MBCT replaces some of the content of MBSR with a focus on specific patterns of negative thinking that people with depression are vulnerable to, but which we all experience from time to time.

MBCT was developed to treat depression and research has shown it to be effective in preventing relapse in people who have recovered from depression. The key difference in MBCT is an explicit focus on turning toward low mood and negative thoughts early in the program so that participants gain experience with recognizing these symptoms and confidence in their ability to respond skillfully. 

MBCT was developed to prevent future episodes of depression in people with a history of recurrent depression.  It is based on the observation that recurrence in people who have recovered from a depressive episode is more likely when patterns of negative thinking are triggered by low moods encountered in the course of everyday life.  Negative thinking leads to lower mood and this pattern escalates to bring on a relapse of depression.

The course is incorporated with techniques from Cognitive Behavior Therapy to promote greater awareness of patterns and so mindfulness practices are used to detach from them.  The focus lies on changing one’s relationship to unwanted thoughts, feelings and body sensations so that you no longer try to avoid them or react to them automatically, but are more able to respond to them in an intentional, conscious and skilful manner. 

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