Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Counselling in Leeds

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Photo of Nicola Emsley Emdr, Psychotherapist in Leeds, England
Nicola Emsley Emdr
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Drama Therap.
Verified
Leeds LS8
Please contact me via email as a first port of call so we can arrange a telephone call. Are experiences from your past currently limiting your present and your future? Are you struggling to achieve your potential due to the constant management of anxiety, depression, stress and relational difficulties? I integrate approaches such as EMDR, mindfulness, sensorimotor or body-based work and psychoeducation to help my clients better understand where their difficulties have come from, how to manage and reduce symptoms and finally to process the trauma they are carrying from the past. If this sounds like it could help you, please read on.
Please contact me via email as a first port of call so we can arrange a telephone call. Are experiences from your past currently limiting your present and your future? Are you struggling to achieve your potential due to the constant management of anxiety, depression, stress and relational difficulties? I integrate approaches such as EMDR, mindfulness, sensorimotor or body-based work and psychoeducation to help my clients better understand where their difficulties have come from, how to manage and reduce symptoms and finally to process the trauma they are carrying from the past. If this sounds like it could help you, please read on.
0113 467 9000 View 0113 467 9000
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Ann Todd Counselling And Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS7
The foundation of my therapeutic work is Person Centred and where appropriate I draw on other therapeutic techniques such as CBT, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.
Often our anxieties and difficulties can weigh us down and we are unable to find a way forward. Our thoughts and feelings can be confusing and talking to friends and relatives about our concerns may be too difficult. I provide a confidential, safe, respectful and non-judgemental space in which you can explore your difficulties, gain insight and discover a way forward. I provide a counselling relationship where you are heard, understood and accepted. This is extremely powerful because it allows you to open up and express all of your thoughts and feelings and gain a new awareness which leads to the potential for positive change.
The foundation of my therapeutic work is Person Centred and where appropriate I draw on other therapeutic techniques such as CBT, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.
Often our anxieties and difficulties can weigh us down and we are unable to find a way forward. Our thoughts and feelings can be confusing and talking to friends and relatives about our concerns may be too difficult. I provide a confidential, safe, respectful and non-judgemental space in which you can explore your difficulties, gain insight and discover a way forward. I provide a counselling relationship where you are heard, understood and accepted. This is extremely powerful because it allows you to open up and express all of your thoughts and feelings and gain a new awareness which leads to the potential for positive change.
01937 227412 View 01937 227412
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Natalie Marsh
Psychotherapist, MSc
Leeds LS7
I have continued to draw on my clinical practise whilst also training on the MSc in CBT-Third wave approaches, for example, Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and CBT-Mindfulness.
I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT) offering a professional, collaborative and confidential service to Children, Young People, Families and Adults. ​ I have worked across a variety of services over the last 15 years, such as Local Authority, Children’s Services, Schools, Charities, Adult Services (LMWS) and Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Services (CYPMHS), with children, young people, families and adults. ​
I have continued to draw on my clinical practise whilst also training on the MSc in CBT-Third wave approaches, for example, Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and CBT-Mindfulness.
I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT) offering a professional, collaborative and confidential service to Children, Young People, Families and Adults. ​ I have worked across a variety of services over the last 15 years, such as Local Authority, Children’s Services, Schools, Charities, Adult Services (LMWS) and Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Services (CYPMHS), with children, young people, families and adults. ​
0113 519 9993 View 0113 519 9993
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Dr Asna Ahmed
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified
Leeds LS8
My approach includes EMDR, mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing in a person centered way.
I work in a collaborative way with clients who present with unaddressed trauma, relational problems, anxiety, depression, low mood and a feeling of hopelessness. I have a special interest in trauma, attachment issues and addiction. Many of my clients identify with feeling stuck in their current situation or those who want to have a better relationship with themselves.
My approach includes EMDR, mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing in a person centered way.
I work in a collaborative way with clients who present with unaddressed trauma, relational problems, anxiety, depression, low mood and a feeling of hopelessness. I have a special interest in trauma, attachment issues and addiction. Many of my clients identify with feeling stuck in their current situation or those who want to have a better relationship with themselves.
0113 320 6165 View 0113 320 6165
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Dr Kamila Hortynska
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified
Leeds LS16
My name is Dr Kamila Hortynska. I'm a Clinical Psychologist, CBT Therapist, Mindfulness Expert & Life Coach with over 20 years of clinical experience, 11 in the NHS. My approach is holistic, integrative & soulful, yet firmly based in health sciences & research. I believe you CAN live the life you desire & deserve and shine so brightly, you will inspire everyone else to do the same! So, are you ready to turn stress & exhaustion into vitality and pleasure? Feel free & radiant? Open up to new possibilities & relationships? I’m an expert in helping people like you spring-clean their lives & introduce new habits of thinking & behaving.
My name is Dr Kamila Hortynska. I'm a Clinical Psychologist, CBT Therapist, Mindfulness Expert & Life Coach with over 20 years of clinical experience, 11 in the NHS. My approach is holistic, integrative & soulful, yet firmly based in health sciences & research. I believe you CAN live the life you desire & deserve and shine so brightly, you will inspire everyone else to do the same! So, are you ready to turn stress & exhaustion into vitality and pleasure? Feel free & radiant? Open up to new possibilities & relationships? I’m an expert in helping people like you spring-clean their lives & introduce new habits of thinking & behaving.
0113 519 0209 View 0113 519 0209
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Sally Wambold
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified
Leeds LS20  (Online Only)
I use a combination of Counselling and Psychotherapy skills & techniques drawn from my training in Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness, EMDR, and Brainspotting.
I offer an online confidential, caring counselling service for individuals to help you work through emotional issues such as bereavement, relationship issues, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, stress and past experiences that are impacting you in the present. You may be feeling unhappy, stuck or struggling to cope with everyday life. I have a special interest in counselling & coaching for neurodiverse individuals and provide additional insight & empathy through my own lived experience of neurodiversity. I also have considerable experience of working with both cancer patients & their supporters to manage their trauma & stress.
I use a combination of Counselling and Psychotherapy skills & techniques drawn from my training in Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness, EMDR, and Brainspotting.
I offer an online confidential, caring counselling service for individuals to help you work through emotional issues such as bereavement, relationship issues, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, stress and past experiences that are impacting you in the present. You may be feeling unhappy, stuck or struggling to cope with everyday life. I have a special interest in counselling & coaching for neurodiverse individuals and provide additional insight & empathy through my own lived experience of neurodiversity. I also have considerable experience of working with both cancer patients & their supporters to manage their trauma & stress.
01943 262039 View 01943 262039
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Dr Fiona Bentley
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Leeds LS16  (Online Only)
I am trained to offer Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) , Trauma-focussed CBT, Eye Movement De-Sensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Compassion-based therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitement therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behviour Therapy (DBT).
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years post-qualification experience of working with adults and young people (16 years and over) in the NHS. I am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society. I am an accredited practitioner in EMDR. I help people with a range of emotional difficulties, including low mood, anxiety (Generalised Anxiety Disorder), obsessive-compulsive problems, eating issues, PTSD and dealing with the effects of trauma or abuse, low self esteem, relationship difficulties, loss, and adjustment difficulties following stressful life events.
I am trained to offer Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) , Trauma-focussed CBT, Eye Movement De-Sensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Compassion-based therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitement therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behviour Therapy (DBT).
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years post-qualification experience of working with adults and young people (16 years and over) in the NHS. I am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society. I am an accredited practitioner in EMDR. I help people with a range of emotional difficulties, including low mood, anxiety (Generalised Anxiety Disorder), obsessive-compulsive problems, eating issues, PTSD and dealing with the effects of trauma or abuse, low self esteem, relationship difficulties, loss, and adjustment difficulties following stressful life events.
07427 596845 View 07427 596845
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Plug-in Therapy - Rajie Sokhi
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified
Leeds LS17
I interwind mindfulness into my approach as I feel having an awareness and being in tune with your mind and body is a good navigation system to resolving unwanted feelings and thoughts.
As an integrative practitioner, I have researched and worked with various models and approaches over the years and have found a holistic therapeutic process increases the success rate of managing and resolving emotional difficulties. My approach looks at the past, present, and future, and therapy offered is tailored to your unique experiences and needs. I believe the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of therapy and I base my relationships with clients on collaboration, trust and partnership. I am dedicated in helping you each step of the way and understand how daunting therapy can be especially for first timers.
I interwind mindfulness into my approach as I feel having an awareness and being in tune with your mind and body is a good navigation system to resolving unwanted feelings and thoughts.
As an integrative practitioner, I have researched and worked with various models and approaches over the years and have found a holistic therapeutic process increases the success rate of managing and resolving emotional difficulties. My approach looks at the past, present, and future, and therapy offered is tailored to your unique experiences and needs. I believe the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of therapy and I base my relationships with clients on collaboration, trust and partnership. I am dedicated in helping you each step of the way and understand how daunting therapy can be especially for first timers.
0121 726 1287 View 0121 726 1287
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Empathy understanding counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds WF3  (Online Only)
Counselling is a widely used talking therapy. I am Marco, a fully qualified counsellor who works in an integrative way with a range of therapeutic theories including Person Centred, EFT and Mindfulness, to find the best approach for you. The goal is to help you address your issues and help you identify your options. How do you eat an elephant? The answer is to cut it into bite sized chunks. I do the same to help you break down your issues easily. I am a certified counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. (Stay at home is not cut off socialization, join our online group to cope with depression) contact me for more information.
Counselling is a widely used talking therapy. I am Marco, a fully qualified counsellor who works in an integrative way with a range of therapeutic theories including Person Centred, EFT and Mindfulness, to find the best approach for you. The goal is to help you address your issues and help you identify your options. How do you eat an elephant? The answer is to cut it into bite sized chunks. I do the same to help you break down your issues easily. I am a certified counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. (Stay at home is not cut off socialization, join our online group to cope with depression) contact me for more information.
0113 733 7415 View 0113 733 7415
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Dr Nicky Bould
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS10  (Online Only)
These include CBT, CAT, ACT, CFT, EMDR, Mindfulness, and Hypnosis.
Hello, I’m Nicky and I am an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist. I work with people who are experiencing a wide range of concerns. I also specialise in supporting people with physical health conditions and I have been working in NHS cancer services for over 15 years. I have extensive experience of working with people who are living with conditions such as cancer, diabetes, persistent pain, gastrointestinal problems (such as IBS), dermatological issues and also life-limiting illnesses. In addition to this, I also work more generally with issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, stress, relationship difficulties and trauma.
These include CBT, CAT, ACT, CFT, EMDR, Mindfulness, and Hypnosis.
Hello, I’m Nicky and I am an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist. I work with people who are experiencing a wide range of concerns. I also specialise in supporting people with physical health conditions and I have been working in NHS cancer services for over 15 years. I have extensive experience of working with people who are living with conditions such as cancer, diabetes, persistent pain, gastrointestinal problems (such as IBS), dermatological issues and also life-limiting illnesses. In addition to this, I also work more generally with issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, stress, relationship difficulties and trauma.
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Roger Harrison
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
Leeds LS15
My therapeutic approach integrates evidence-based techniques from the fields of person-centered counselling, psychosynthesis, compassionate-based inquiry, somatic (body-work) therapy, internal family systemand mindfulness practices.
I am an experienced counsellor, psychotherapist, and addiction recovery/sober coach. I use evidence-based approaches to work with the mind-body-spirit of each individual. I provide online (national and international) and in-person (Manchester UK) hourly appointments, on a weekly or fortnightly basis, for shorter (6-12 sessions) or longer-term therapy to meet a person's needs and circumstances. I embrace differences and provide an environment within which people are encouraged to allow their true self to be present in a safe environment. More information is at www.WaysToSobriety.com
My therapeutic approach integrates evidence-based techniques from the fields of person-centered counselling, psychosynthesis, compassionate-based inquiry, somatic (body-work) therapy, internal family systemand mindfulness practices.
I am an experienced counsellor, psychotherapist, and addiction recovery/sober coach. I use evidence-based approaches to work with the mind-body-spirit of each individual. I provide online (national and international) and in-person (Manchester UK) hourly appointments, on a weekly or fortnightly basis, for shorter (6-12 sessions) or longer-term therapy to meet a person's needs and circumstances. I embrace differences and provide an environment within which people are encouraged to allow their true self to be present in a safe environment. More information is at www.WaysToSobriety.com
0161 524 7711 View 0161 524 7711
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Ceri Isaacs
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS1  (Online Only)
Ceri trained and works as a person centred therapist based in mindfulness.
Ceri knows and fully understands how life can be challenging, demanding, difficult and downright miserable on occasion. Ceri will take in and hear what your challenges are, what you want to achieve and what you expect from your therapy. An introductory session is offered to ensure you feel comfortable to work with me. A therapeutic relationship ideally develops which is where the healing takes place.
Ceri trained and works as a person centred therapist based in mindfulness.
Ceri knows and fully understands how life can be challenging, demanding, difficult and downright miserable on occasion. Ceri will take in and hear what your challenges are, what you want to achieve and what you expect from your therapy. An introductory session is offered to ensure you feel comfortable to work with me. A therapeutic relationship ideally develops which is where the healing takes place.
029 2271 1285 View 029 2271 1285
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Malik Rezzi
Psychotherapist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified
Leeds LS11
My therapeutic approach has been influenced by integrative, humanistic, cognitive behavioural, applied behaviour analysis, meditation, mindfulness-based, psychodynamic therapy, ISTPD etc.
I was born and raised in multicultural societies all my life. Living in several different countries on 3 different continents (United Arab Emirates, Canada, Pakistan, Wales and England) has given me unique knowledge about culturally adapting therapy. It has also taught me to understand and work with many different kinds of people. I believe in building a strong therapeutic relationship with the client to create a safe and comfortable space to address and potentially alleviate psychological trauma. I have extensive experience adapting contemporary therapy and counselling and tailoring it to unique cultural nuances.
My therapeutic approach has been influenced by integrative, humanistic, cognitive behavioural, applied behaviour analysis, meditation, mindfulness-based, psychodynamic therapy, ISTPD etc.
I was born and raised in multicultural societies all my life. Living in several different countries on 3 different continents (United Arab Emirates, Canada, Pakistan, Wales and England) has given me unique knowledge about culturally adapting therapy. It has also taught me to understand and work with many different kinds of people. I believe in building a strong therapeutic relationship with the client to create a safe and comfortable space to address and potentially alleviate psychological trauma. I have extensive experience adapting contemporary therapy and counselling and tailoring it to unique cultural nuances.
020 3872 2437 View 020 3872 2437
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Kiran Kaur
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS27
Hi my name is Kiran, I am a British born fully qualified multilingual counsellor. I have 18 years experience of working in an educational environment and 12 yrs of Counselling experience. I have a good understanding of daily stresses which can cause people anxieties and other health issues. I provide counselling sessions for issues listed above and more. I am able to offer Counselling in English, Punjabi, Hindi & Urdu I believe counselling is a joint venture between the client and counsellor, this relationship is fundamentally important to allow you to experience growth and change, that we all go through in our lifetime.
Hi my name is Kiran, I am a British born fully qualified multilingual counsellor. I have 18 years experience of working in an educational environment and 12 yrs of Counselling experience. I have a good understanding of daily stresses which can cause people anxieties and other health issues. I provide counselling sessions for issues listed above and more. I am able to offer Counselling in English, Punjabi, Hindi & Urdu I believe counselling is a joint venture between the client and counsellor, this relationship is fundamentally important to allow you to experience growth and change, that we all go through in our lifetime.
0113 467 9505 View 0113 467 9505
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Katie Lister
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS7
People seek therapy for many different reasons. It might be that you just don’t feel happy, or you’re anxious or depressed and want to make changes in your life but you’re not sure how. Patterns of behaviour that you developed a long time ago may now feel frustrating and unhelpful. Good therapy can help you to better understand these patterns and, when necessary, challenge them and how you perceive yourself. This awareness can help you become a more authentic and resilient version of yourself.
People seek therapy for many different reasons. It might be that you just don’t feel happy, or you’re anxious or depressed and want to make changes in your life but you’re not sure how. Patterns of behaviour that you developed a long time ago may now feel frustrating and unhelpful. Good therapy can help you to better understand these patterns and, when necessary, challenge them and how you perceive yourself. This awareness can help you become a more authentic and resilient version of yourself.
0113 519 9444 View 0113 519 9444
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Maitena Anda Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS7  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing emotional difficulties in your life? You may be finding yourself unhappily repeating unhelpful patterns or behaviours. You might feel disconnected from yourself, others or both.
Are you experiencing emotional difficulties in your life? You may be finding yourself unhappily repeating unhelpful patterns or behaviours. You might feel disconnected from yourself, others or both.
0113 320 9855 View 0113 320 9855
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Pathways Counselling Leeds
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS17
We are a team of qualified counsellors from diverse background with varying experiences and counselling approaches. We are offering affordable counselling to individuals who are experiencing emotional difficulties. We offer a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental space where you will be accepted and listened to. You will be supported to explore your thoughts and feelings. Through this process of working together, you can develop your own self awareness and a better understanding of your difficulties and then choose your own ways of coping.
We are a team of qualified counsellors from diverse background with varying experiences and counselling approaches. We are offering affordable counselling to individuals who are experiencing emotional difficulties. We offer a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental space where you will be accepted and listened to. You will be supported to explore your thoughts and feelings. Through this process of working together, you can develop your own self awareness and a better understanding of your difficulties and then choose your own ways of coping.
0113 733 7460 View 0113 733 7460
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Vicky Warburton
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS18
Maybe a recent life event is changing how you are in the world. Maybe a past event needs to be worked on and understood. Maybe you do not feel yourself and are suffering with a change in mood and outlook. If you are experiencing difficult and overwhelming feelings, we can work through them together. You will have a space to find some understanding and relief from what is happening to you, without being judged. Family and friends often try and give advice and make us feel better, but sometimes this is not what is needed and does not help. Counselling and psychotherapy can offer a different approach.
Maybe a recent life event is changing how you are in the world. Maybe a past event needs to be worked on and understood. Maybe you do not feel yourself and are suffering with a change in mood and outlook. If you are experiencing difficult and overwhelming feelings, we can work through them together. You will have a space to find some understanding and relief from what is happening to you, without being judged. Family and friends often try and give advice and make us feel better, but sometimes this is not what is needed and does not help. Counselling and psychotherapy can offer a different approach.
0113 519 4370 View 0113 519 4370
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Fiona Wilby
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS19
Are you feeling fed up and are ready to make a change in your life, or with the way you feel? I can help with anxiety, stress, low mood and depression by working on emotional regulation through both talking to work out why you are feeling the way you are and through practical techniques. We can work together through any areas of your life, from childhood through to the present day. I can also help with support for grief, loss or bereavement, or relationship issues, decision making and planning skills.
Are you feeling fed up and are ready to make a change in your life, or with the way you feel? I can help with anxiety, stress, low mood and depression by working on emotional regulation through both talking to work out why you are feeling the way you are and through practical techniques. We can work together through any areas of your life, from childhood through to the present day. I can also help with support for grief, loss or bereavement, or relationship issues, decision making and planning skills.
0113 467 8526 View 0113 467 8526
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Fenix CBT Psychotherapy, Autism and OCD Specialist
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified
Leeds LS15
My name is Eve Ahmed I am an owner and Lead Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (BABCP accredited) at Fenix CBT LTD. I utilise my skills and extensive experience to help my clients reach their personal targets and clinical recovery. I am very passionate about the work I do and I love helping people reach their goals. I have ten years of experience working in mental health in public and charity sector with adults and children. I completed BSc undergraduate degree in Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in CBT and Level 3 Diploma in DBT and I also have (amongst many others) EMDR, ACT and Compassionate Mind training.
My name is Eve Ahmed I am an owner and Lead Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (BABCP accredited) at Fenix CBT LTD. I utilise my skills and extensive experience to help my clients reach their personal targets and clinical recovery. I am very passionate about the work I do and I love helping people reach their goals. I have ten years of experience working in mental health in public and charity sector with adults and children. I completed BSc undergraduate degree in Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in CBT and Level 3 Diploma in DBT and I also have (amongst many others) EMDR, ACT and Compassionate Mind training.
0113 487 2229 View 0113 487 2229

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Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Counsellors

How does mindfulness-based cognitive therapy work?

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy originated in the work of John Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He developed mindfulness-based stress reduction, which is a technique found in yoga and meditation. MBCT is a combination of this type of stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy; it essentially quiets emotional distress through mindfulness, utilizing proper breathing and meditation. These techniques aim to bring the individual into the present moment when in a state of distress.

When do I know if I need treatment with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy?

If an individual’s mind is filled with emotional distress and general negativity, the person may feel trapped. A mindfulness-based cognitive therapist can help a person change their thinking patterns as well as their behaviour through calm acceptance and compassion. This therapy can provide an individual with the coping skills needed for a healthier and more constructive life.

What should I expect from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy?

This therapy often takes place in group sessions. A therapist will work with the group as well as with each individual. Meditation and breathing exercises are core practices that aim to invite inquiry and discovery into a person’s troubled mental state. The objective is to identify and lessen negative thoughts and behaviours and move toward optimal health and productivity. The individual will see life in a more realistic way. This therapy is supportive, accepting, and warm.

Is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy effective?

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is evidence-based and effective. One study found that people with major depressive disorder have benefitted from this type of therapy; the person accepts their distressed thoughts and also moves into healthier patterns of thinking. This therapy also aims to move an individual away from automatic negative responses. This type of therapy can bring a person lifelong change, with higher levels of satisfaction, less stress, as well as positive emotional and behavioural habits.