Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Counselling in Dunbar

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Kath Muirhead
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Dunbar EH42
My professional experience has been working with people affected by mental health issues such as depression, suicidal thoughts and feelings, anxiety and panic, grief and loss among other issues. I also specialise in working with trauma particularly childhood sexual abuse and the debilitating impact of many life areas. I work with what people bring and go at their pace; my approach being person centred and bespoke to the individual.
My professional experience has been working with people affected by mental health issues such as depression, suicidal thoughts and feelings, anxiety and panic, grief and loss among other issues. I also specialise in working with trauma particularly childhood sexual abuse and the debilitating impact of many life areas. I work with what people bring and go at their pace; my approach being person centred and bespoke to the individual.
01368 653223 View 01368 653223
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John James Muirhead
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Dunbar EH42
To be listened to and accepted for where you are in your life is important. From practicing as a person centred counsellor for over 10 years, I believe that a non-judgemental and compassionate approach is key for healing and making the changes you want in your life. This is especially so after socially isolating ourselves in recent times. Alongside listening, I offer counselling tools when needed to help. If you prefer, we can chat initially about counselling via mobile or email.
To be listened to and accepted for where you are in your life is important. From practicing as a person centred counsellor for over 10 years, I believe that a non-judgemental and compassionate approach is key for healing and making the changes you want in your life. This is especially so after socially isolating ourselves in recent times. Alongside listening, I offer counselling tools when needed to help. If you prefer, we can chat initially about counselling via mobile or email.
07427 516314 View 07427 516314
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Dr Lucy Abraham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Dunbar EH42
Waitlist for new clients
I’m Lucy, I'm Director of Lucy’s Place CIC, an NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist and registered with the HCPC. I recently founded Lucy’s Place CIC because I want to offer people holistic person centred care - a place to recover, connect and thrive! I’m experienced in the treatment of a large range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, PTSD and interpersonal problems. My career has focussed largely on complex difficulties, but at Lucy’s Place CIC I am keen to work with anyone that wants gain a better understanding, to make a change in their lives for the better, improve their wellbeing and sense of self.
I’m Lucy, I'm Director of Lucy’s Place CIC, an NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist and registered with the HCPC. I recently founded Lucy’s Place CIC because I want to offer people holistic person centred care - a place to recover, connect and thrive! I’m experienced in the treatment of a large range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, PTSD and interpersonal problems. My career has focussed largely on complex difficulties, but at Lucy’s Place CIC I am keen to work with anyone that wants gain a better understanding, to make a change in their lives for the better, improve their wellbeing and sense of self.
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Lynn Artesse
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Dunbar EH42
Individual & Couples Counselling & Clinical Supervision. “Life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change”. At times we can all feel anxious or uncertain of our future. Sometimes we need to make changes in order to improve our situation. However, the prospect of change can feel overwhelming, leaving us feeling disconnected, isolated and lonely. Hearing your thoughts out loud, with a professional, can be an opportunity to gain some clarity and begin the process of change. I truly believe that a small change in the way we think can make a big difference to the way we feel.
Individual & Couples Counselling & Clinical Supervision. “Life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change”. At times we can all feel anxious or uncertain of our future. Sometimes we need to make changes in order to improve our situation. However, the prospect of change can feel overwhelming, leaving us feeling disconnected, isolated and lonely. Hearing your thoughts out loud, with a professional, can be an opportunity to gain some clarity and begin the process of change. I truly believe that a small change in the way we think can make a big difference to the way we feel.
0131 510 3667 View 0131 510 3667

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Jane Edwards
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
North Berwick EH39
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Unhappy, experiencing relationship problems, feeling alone or held back by trauma or bereavement? Are you seeking counselling for a child or young person? Therapy can be short term, 4-6 sessions and we can work together in a highly focused way, including exploring strategies if you wish to. For some, longer term therapy is preferred. In this we can explore issues in greater depth and you can be supported to make lasting changes in your life. For children, therapy happens in the midst of play and craft activities.
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Unhappy, experiencing relationship problems, feeling alone or held back by trauma or bereavement? Are you seeking counselling for a child or young person? Therapy can be short term, 4-6 sessions and we can work together in a highly focused way, including exploring strategies if you wish to. For some, longer term therapy is preferred. In this we can explore issues in greater depth and you can be supported to make lasting changes in your life. For children, therapy happens in the midst of play and craft activities.
0131 381 4264 View 0131 381 4264
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Dr Hannah Ranaldi - Health Specialist
Psychologist, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
North Berwick EH39
Are you looking to adapt, cope, and manage changes in your health and wellbeing? As a Health Psychologist, I specialise in working with women’s health (e.g., menopause and menstrual conditions), stress and burnout, chronic pain, and managing long-term conditions (e.g., heart conditions, diabetes, chronic fatigue, long Covid, and gut health). Psychological approaches can help manage and reduce symptom severity and help improve overall quality of life, so that you feel less restricted by your health and able to start living a rich and meaningful life. My clients often arrive feeling stuck, or depressed, anxious, and overwhelmed.
Are you looking to adapt, cope, and manage changes in your health and wellbeing? As a Health Psychologist, I specialise in working with women’s health (e.g., menopause and menstrual conditions), stress and burnout, chronic pain, and managing long-term conditions (e.g., heart conditions, diabetes, chronic fatigue, long Covid, and gut health). Psychological approaches can help manage and reduce symptom severity and help improve overall quality of life, so that you feel less restricted by your health and able to start living a rich and meaningful life. My clients often arrive feeling stuck, or depressed, anxious, and overwhelmed.
0131 381 1736 View 0131 381 1736
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Elspeth Campbell
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Berwick EH39  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you pregnant or a new mum who feels overwhelmed, anxious and that you’re not doing anything right? Maybe you’re feeling exhausted, down or confused and concerned about your emotional wellbeing and ability to cope? I specialise in empowering pregnant and new mums to overcome anxiety and regain control of their lives. I have dedicated my career to helping mums navigate the complex emotional landscape of motherhood. My trauma informed evidence-based techniques and tailored interventions are designed to equip you with the tools you need to manage your mood effectively. Most of all, I work alongside you with warmth and compassion.
Are you pregnant or a new mum who feels overwhelmed, anxious and that you’re not doing anything right? Maybe you’re feeling exhausted, down or confused and concerned about your emotional wellbeing and ability to cope? I specialise in empowering pregnant and new mums to overcome anxiety and regain control of their lives. I have dedicated my career to helping mums navigate the complex emotional landscape of motherhood. My trauma informed evidence-based techniques and tailored interventions are designed to equip you with the tools you need to manage your mood effectively. Most of all, I work alongside you with warmth and compassion.
01620 672897 View 01620 672897
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Jen Tays
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
North Berwick EH39  (Online Only)
As a Registered Counsellor & Therapist I am here for you, to help you transform your relationship within your world, whether that be with people in general, work colleagues, your partner or your parents. I can help with anxiety and traumas, big or small and those in between. As a trained EMDR Consultant I work with children and adults. If you're not sure where your issues stem from, I will help you locate it and transform it or we instead focus on the present. I will work with you to find your optimum. I am in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Online.
As a Registered Counsellor & Therapist I am here for you, to help you transform your relationship within your world, whether that be with people in general, work colleagues, your partner or your parents. I can help with anxiety and traumas, big or small and those in between. As a trained EMDR Consultant I work with children and adults. If you're not sure where your issues stem from, I will help you locate it and transform it or we instead focus on the present. I will work with you to find your optimum. I am in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Online.
07533 063278 View 07533 063278

Online Therapists

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Liezl Laidlaw
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Jedburgh TD8  (Online Only)
Mindfulness gives us ways to be present and compassionate to what is happening, so we can make effective changes.
Are you an ADHDer or do you suspect you might be? Do you want to explore the value of accessing a diagnosis? How are you negotiating a world that is not set up for ADHDers? Perhaps you're feeling 'less than' others and left behind as those around you forge ahead in their careers, studies and relationships. Maybe you're losing sleep, coping in unhelpful or addictive ways, or perhaps you just can't stop the busyness in your brain. Your circumstances and background have shaped your life and you have not had much choice in that. Now it's time to learn new ways to approach your difficulties, to take charge of what comes next.
Mindfulness gives us ways to be present and compassionate to what is happening, so we can make effective changes.
Are you an ADHDer or do you suspect you might be? Do you want to explore the value of accessing a diagnosis? How are you negotiating a world that is not set up for ADHDers? Perhaps you're feeling 'less than' others and left behind as those around you forge ahead in their careers, studies and relationships. Maybe you're losing sleep, coping in unhelpful or addictive ways, or perhaps you just can't stop the busyness in your brain. Your circumstances and background have shaped your life and you have not had much choice in that. Now it's time to learn new ways to approach your difficulties, to take charge of what comes next.
01835 340145 View 01835 340145
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All Seasons Therapy
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Renfrew PA4
Having gone through some of my own personal struggles, I know how important it is to have someone listen. To be able to vocalise your thoughts without any fear of judgment. Sometimes it can feel like the end of the road with no-where else to turn. It can feel like there is no hope left. Negative thoughts seem to go round and round in your head. This is the time to reach out and let someone help you. I aim to provide a safe and confidential space to work through issues and will use other evidenced based therapeutic approaches to suit individual needs, such as compassion focused therapy and mindfulness. ​
Having gone through some of my own personal struggles, I know how important it is to have someone listen. To be able to vocalise your thoughts without any fear of judgment. Sometimes it can feel like the end of the road with no-where else to turn. It can feel like there is no hope left. Negative thoughts seem to go round and round in your head. This is the time to reach out and let someone help you. I aim to provide a safe and confidential space to work through issues and will use other evidenced based therapeutic approaches to suit individual needs, such as compassion focused therapy and mindfulness. ​
0141 673 7989 View 0141 673 7989
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Outofsynctherapy
Psychotherapist, MSc
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2  (Online Only)
Hello Im Karen. How are you feeling today? Are you feeling "outofsync"? Are you experiencing overwhelm, feeling stuck, not feeling connected? Do you have times when you feel really anxious, sad and unfulfilled?Do you have past traumas?Do you notice you have intrusive thoughts, self limiting beliefs and unusual behaviours?I can help you move forward, help you manage your feelings, emotions and anxieties. I use a range of therapeutic approaches including CBT, EMDR, ACT, Mindfulness, SFT and coaching. Im here to help. Online therapy is as good as in person. "Hope is what enables us to keep going in the face of adversity" Jane Goodall.
Hello Im Karen. How are you feeling today? Are you feeling "outofsync"? Are you experiencing overwhelm, feeling stuck, not feeling connected? Do you have times when you feel really anxious, sad and unfulfilled?Do you have past traumas?Do you notice you have intrusive thoughts, self limiting beliefs and unusual behaviours?I can help you move forward, help you manage your feelings, emotions and anxieties. I use a range of therapeutic approaches including CBT, EMDR, ACT, Mindfulness, SFT and coaching. Im here to help. Online therapy is as good as in person. "Hope is what enables us to keep going in the face of adversity" Jane Goodall.
0191 743 2794 View 0191 743 2794
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Tracy Woodhouse
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Sunderland SR5
Qualified Clinical Supervisor and Counsellor. My driving force is that I care deeply for people who are suffering when their life isn't working as they need it to, but don't know where to start, or even if it is possible to change or do things differently. Are you stuck? I'm here to help. I provide safe, confidential and professional support to facilitate change through difficult times offering Person Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioual Therapy and Self Compassion Mindfulness. Contact us for a free no obligation telephone initial consultation. Easily accessible as we are situated on the ground floor.
Qualified Clinical Supervisor and Counsellor. My driving force is that I care deeply for people who are suffering when their life isn't working as they need it to, but don't know where to start, or even if it is possible to change or do things differently. Are you stuck? I'm here to help. I provide safe, confidential and professional support to facilitate change through difficult times offering Person Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioual Therapy and Self Compassion Mindfulness. Contact us for a free no obligation telephone initial consultation. Easily accessible as we are situated on the ground floor.
0191 580 4413 View 0191 580 4413
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Space for the Soul
Counsellor, MCOSCA
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
Life can be stressful. Balancing the pressure of our commitments with our desire for health, happiness and authenticity can feel exhausting or even impossible. We all need to slow down and carve out some space in our lives to connect with our inner selves and the deeper meaning beyond our everyday existence. I offer a holistic approach to counselling and therapy, combining evidence based practice with holistic tools such as mindfulness, meditation, somatic experiencing, self-care, personal and spiritual growth. I am committed to a deepening path of open-hearted living and self discovery.
Life can be stressful. Balancing the pressure of our commitments with our desire for health, happiness and authenticity can feel exhausting or even impossible. We all need to slow down and carve out some space in our lives to connect with our inner selves and the deeper meaning beyond our everyday existence. I offer a holistic approach to counselling and therapy, combining evidence based practice with holistic tools such as mindfulness, meditation, somatic experiencing, self-care, personal and spiritual growth. I am committed to a deepening path of open-hearted living and self discovery.
0131 322 1536 View 0131 322 1536
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Susan Campbell
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Glasgow G3  (Online Only)
I offer a person centred approach which supports mindfulness alongside counselling and/or coaching techniques.
Hello and thank you for connecting with me. Are you fed up feeling fed up? I completely understand and am here to help. I support women who have issues with confidence and self-esteem. This may be because of challenging personal relationships, family issues, trauma, domestic or childhood abuse or just the many challenges life brings. Sometimes, we may be unsure why we feel the way we do, but have a strong sense that things could be brighter. Peeling back the layers of our lives takes great courage, but change is possible, indeed inevitable, when we take that leap of faith.
I offer a person centred approach which supports mindfulness alongside counselling and/or coaching techniques.
Hello and thank you for connecting with me. Are you fed up feeling fed up? I completely understand and am here to help. I support women who have issues with confidence and self-esteem. This may be because of challenging personal relationships, family issues, trauma, domestic or childhood abuse or just the many challenges life brings. Sometimes, we may be unsure why we feel the way we do, but have a strong sense that things could be brighter. Peeling back the layers of our lives takes great courage, but change is possible, indeed inevitable, when we take that leap of faith.
0141 673 0044 View 0141 673 0044
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Natalie Bentley
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Peterlee SR8  (Online Only)
I also draw from CBT and mindfulness if I feel this would be of benefit to you and the work we do together.
Hi, I’m Natalie I’m a qualified integrative counsellor, this means I have a wide knowledge of models and lots of techniques to choose from when working with you to help find one that works best for you, as I understand that not one technique works for everyone. It’s a no one size fits all. I work in a person centred way as I feel this is a really important part of the therapeutic relationship building, offering you empathy, unconditional positive regard, honestly and transparency, space.
I also draw from CBT and mindfulness if I feel this would be of benefit to you and the work we do together.
Hi, I’m Natalie I’m a qualified integrative counsellor, this means I have a wide knowledge of models and lots of techniques to choose from when working with you to help find one that works best for you, as I understand that not one technique works for everyone. It’s a no one size fits all. I work in a person centred way as I feel this is a really important part of the therapeutic relationship building, offering you empathy, unconditional positive regard, honestly and transparency, space.
0191 406 1338 View 0191 406 1338
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Kelly Combe
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Loanhead EH20
I work with a person centered approach as well as including elements of CBT, mindfulness, Hypnotherapy, relaxation techniques and Aromatherapy treatments.
I believe that it's important for an individual to find the right counsellor, as one counsellors method may not suit all. I therefore offer my initial consultation at a reduced rate. The initial consultation is not only an opportunity for the counsellors to find out more about the client but also for the client to find out more about the counsellor, giving both the opportunity to discover if a suitable rapport can be built, creating an appropriate environment for counselling to take place.
I work with a person centered approach as well as including elements of CBT, mindfulness, Hypnotherapy, relaxation techniques and Aromatherapy treatments.
I believe that it's important for an individual to find the right counsellor, as one counsellors method may not suit all. I therefore offer my initial consultation at a reduced rate. The initial consultation is not only an opportunity for the counsellors to find out more about the client but also for the client to find out more about the counsellor, giving both the opportunity to discover if a suitable rapport can be built, creating an appropriate environment for counselling to take place.
01968 700122 View 01968 700122
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Dr. Faye Fraser
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2
As a clinical psychologists Faye is trained in a variety of theoretical models and treatment approaches, including; Developmental Psychology, Neuropsychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) .
Faye is passionate about offering an approachable and professional clinical psychology service that aims to support those who find themselves in emotional distress. Faye can help you identify and achieve your goals for better mental health. This will involve gaining a better understanding of your difficulties, consider what is blocking you from moving forward and causing you to feel stuck, and consider ways to better manage the issue identified.
As a clinical psychologists Faye is trained in a variety of theoretical models and treatment approaches, including; Developmental Psychology, Neuropsychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) .
Faye is passionate about offering an approachable and professional clinical psychology service that aims to support those who find themselves in emotional distress. Faye can help you identify and achieve your goals for better mental health. This will involve gaining a better understanding of your difficulties, consider what is blocking you from moving forward and causing you to feel stuck, and consider ways to better manage the issue identified.
0191 917 4522 View 0191 917 4522
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Gail Carvil
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bearsden G61
I offer a warm friendly space for you to speak openly about the difficulties that may be keeping you feeling stuck. Whether it is anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, or maybe you are struggling with the impact of trauma, abuse or bereavement. I am here to listen and help you unravel the issues that are getting in the way of you living the life you desire. I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) with a keen interest in compassion focused therapy and mindfulness practice, providing online, telephone and face to face counselling sessions.
I offer a warm friendly space for you to speak openly about the difficulties that may be keeping you feeling stuck. Whether it is anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, or maybe you are struggling with the impact of trauma, abuse or bereavement. I am here to listen and help you unravel the issues that are getting in the way of you living the life you desire. I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) with a keen interest in compassion focused therapy and mindfulness practice, providing online, telephone and face to face counselling sessions.
01505 805534 View 01505 805534
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Michael Brown
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Glasgow G3
My approach is person centred with elements of mindfulness, often focusing on our emotions in the present moment, which I've found to be particularly helpful for depression and anxiety.
Welcome! I offer online, phone, and in person sessions in Glasgow city centre. I work with individuals with a broad range of challenges including depression, anxiety disorders, stress, bereavement and loss, life's transitions, and addiction/compulsive behaviours. Perhaps you feel stuck in repeating patterns of behaviour or thinking that feel in conflict with how you wish to be with yourself, and in your relationships. Perhaps life events have become overwhelming. I work with clients authentically and with gentle curiosity, I include my own rich journey with self-acceptance and the belief that we can all change and heal.
My approach is person centred with elements of mindfulness, often focusing on our emotions in the present moment, which I've found to be particularly helpful for depression and anxiety.
Welcome! I offer online, phone, and in person sessions in Glasgow city centre. I work with individuals with a broad range of challenges including depression, anxiety disorders, stress, bereavement and loss, life's transitions, and addiction/compulsive behaviours. Perhaps you feel stuck in repeating patterns of behaviour or thinking that feel in conflict with how you wish to be with yourself, and in your relationships. Perhaps life events have become overwhelming. I work with clients authentically and with gentle curiosity, I include my own rich journey with self-acceptance and the belief that we can all change and heal.
0141 673 5458 View 0141 673 5458
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Corina Valdano
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
I hold a master's degree in Third Generation Therapies and draw from a diverse range of evidence-based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Behavioral Activation (BA), and Counseling Skills.
If you're going through tough times like anxiety, stress, depression, difficult relationships, grief, trauma, self-esteem, or body image issues, it's important to have a safe and understanding space where you can freely express yourself and work towards finding solutions. I have the expertise and skills to provide professional support and help alleviate your emotional suffering, leading to positive changes in your life. Feeling overwhelmed by intense emotions, challenging relationships, or being stuck in life can be really hard. Taking the brave step of seeking help shows your commitment to improving your situation.
I hold a master's degree in Third Generation Therapies and draw from a diverse range of evidence-based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Behavioral Activation (BA), and Counseling Skills.
If you're going through tough times like anxiety, stress, depression, difficult relationships, grief, trauma, self-esteem, or body image issues, it's important to have a safe and understanding space where you can freely express yourself and work towards finding solutions. I have the expertise and skills to provide professional support and help alleviate your emotional suffering, leading to positive changes in your life. Feeling overwhelmed by intense emotions, challenging relationships, or being stuck in life can be really hard. Taking the brave step of seeking help shows your commitment to improving your situation.
01934 316983 View 01934 316983

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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.