Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a research based, mind-body approach to preventing the relapse of depression that combines cognitive behavior therapy strategies with mindfulness attitudes and practices. The skills learned in this 8-week course help participants relate differently to their inner experiences. MBCT teachers are mental health professionals who have completed a specific program of training to deliver these healing services. Visit our MBCT Classes page to find out when our next offering is scheduled.

MBCT Certified TeacherDr. Ochester offers MBCT classes at various locations in the spring and fall. She is a Certified 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 and 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 endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association as an effective treatment for the prevention of relapse in individuals with 3 or more episodes of major depression. It 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:

  • This course exceeded my expectations as far as the knowledge that I gained. And l was able to apply that knowledge immediately. If you’re looking for the tools to help you feel empowered and move forward then this is the course for you!
  • 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.

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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