Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Courses

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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy 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 psycho-education, formal meditation and movement practices, and teacher-led discussion and inquiry; and daily home practices and exercises.


As in MBSR, participants learn to recognize habitual, unhelpful reactions to difficulty and learn instead to bring an interested, accepting and non-judgmental attitude to all experience, including difficult sensations, emotions, thoughts and behaviour. MBCT replaces some of the content of MBSR with a focus on specific patterns of negative thinking that people with depression and anxiety 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.  MBCT involves a process of inquiry and has an explicit focus on turning toward low mood and negative thoughts early in the program so that participants gain experience with recognising these symptoms and confidence in their ability to respond skilfully.




What does the course involve?

The MBCT course involves -

  • some paper-work and an individual phone interview with your teacher to help assess whether it is the right time to be attending the course.
  • a 2 hour class once a week for eight weeks plus one full retreat day
  • scientific rationale for the practice and how it can help depression and anxiety
  • mindfulness meditation training
  • exploration of patterns of thinking, feeling and action, and how to transform them
  • brief lectures and discussions 
  • individual feedback and support
  • your commitment to daily homework practice using audio tracks and course book



Should I do MBSR or MBCT?

While both of these courses can help you step our of mental and emotional habits that contribute to depression and anxiety, MBCT is specifically structure to attend to these habits of mind.   So if you have been struggling with episodes of depression or significant anxiety, we encourage you to attend an MBCT course if possible.

The MBCT course usually has fewer participants in it (up to 14).

You are welcome to speak to a teacher about this decision to help work out what is right for you.

Contact Caroline to arrange a phone discussion.


Can I speak with someone about some questions I have about the course?

Yes! Contact Caroline and she will put you in touch with the teacher in your area who will be able to speak with you on the phone and answer any questions you might have.

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Mondays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
The Buddhist Library
90 Church Street, Camperdown
Bondi Junction (Night)
Tuesdays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Loft and Earth
70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction
Bondi Junction (Day)
Wednesday 10:00am - 12:30pm
Loft and Earth
70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction
Thursdays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
139 Artarmon Rd, Artarmon
Northern Beaches
Mondays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club
Surfview Road, Mona Vale
Armadale (Day)
Tuesdays 10.00am - 12:30pm
Chi Flow Yoga  
Suite 3A 727 High St, Armadale
Moonee Ponds (Night)
Wednesdays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Moonee Ponds Mind Body Health
23 Gladstone St, Moonee Ponds
Hawthorn (Night)
Thursday 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness
16 Trinity Place, East Melbourne

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