MBCT


**Connect with inner wisdom – mindfulness classes begin 9/20/2017**


Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines cognitive behavior therapy strategies with mindfulness attitudes and practices to help participants relate differently to their inner experiences. It is an empirically supported approach to preventing the relapse of chronic depression and it is also proving useful with anxiety.

Dr. Ochester offers MBCT classes in Overland Park in the spring and fall (subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed about her offerings). She is a Qualified MBCT Teacher though the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. Dr. Ochester completed intensive and advanced training in MBCT through the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, a program of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine and Department of Psychiatry. She has received mentoring in the delivery of MBCT by senior faculty from the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, Canada.

Randomized clinical trials of MBCT have shown a 43% prevention in relapse of depression as compared to “treatment as usual” and an efficacy that’s equal to long-term use of antidepressant medication, but with greater quality of life. MBCT is listed in the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration‘s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). The UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence endorsed MBCT as an effective treatment for prevention of relapse of depression and the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse gives MBCT a Scientific Rating of “1” or “Well-Supported by Research Evidence”. MBCT is correlated with decreased depression, anxiety, rumination, insomnia, and tension as well as increases in mindfulness, compassion, concentration, resilience, and optimism. Participants say it helps them recognize their reactions and respond to them with greater self-compassion and confidence.

Does the training of your mindfulness instructor matter? Studies suggest that higher level of Mindfulness Based Intervention teacher training may be linked to higher wellbeing outcomes, lower perceived stress, and greater course satisfaction.

Here is what participants have said about Dr. Ochester’s MBCT course:

  • I am better able to stick with difficult emotions and ride them out without getting carried away by them.

  • [It] improved my ability to live mindfully in daily life and cultivate “compassionate interest” in myself and others I love.

  • The language and terminology used by the instructor helped me relate to things that I didn’t understand on my own.

  • Tracy is very compassionate and respectful. It made it easier to trust and open up to new experiences.

Take a moment to view some testimonials by people who found greater peace and reduced suffering from their mindfulness practices:


Some people benefit greatly from the use of antidepressant medication and others cannot or prefer not to rely on it over the long term for a variety of reasons.  It can be helpful to know there may be an alternative.  Below is a video by The Guardian about antidepressant use in the UK, which sounds very similar to what we experience here in the U.S.

Please watch this video of Dr. Zindel Segal speaking about MBCT:

Here is a talk by Dr. Peter J. Bieling about how MBCT works and why it is such an important approach to helping people manage difficult mood states:

MBCT Resources:

Helpful Readings

Full Catastrophe Living : Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress by John D. Teasdale PhD, J. Mark G. Williams DPhil, Zindel V. Segal PhD

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