Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is coming soon to Sydney, Perth and Brisbane and Melbourne in Term 2.


MBCT 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. 

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.

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 was developed to treat depression and research has shown it to be effective in preventing relapse in people who have recovered from depression. Further research has provided evidence that MBCT is also very useful for the treatment of anxiety. 

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. 

Course locations

Please either select a location from the dropdown or enter a location in the field to see if we have a course available.

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

What will you be learning in the course?


Focus and presence

Cultivate more concentration and capacity to be in the moment with what matters to you most, here and now.

The practice helps interrupt endless rehearsing the future and rehashing the past and to arrive in the moment, again and again.

Savour your precious life.
Stop procrastinating.
Become present with loved ones and your work


Emotional calming

Reduce reactivity, learn to befriend your emotions and to express them in ways that set clear and caring boundaries.

The practice helps to digest difficult emotions and cultivate more positive states including calm, interest, warmth, vitality and compassion

Dissolve anxiety and irritation.
Find more peace and ease.
Understand the process of your own mind


Clarity and wisdom

See your patterns and values with more clarity so that your actions can be more beneficial to yourself and others

The practice helps to grow confidence in building new habits and more choice in responding to challenges

Be curious.
Recognise your situation.
Act with courage.

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. Please note that if you are currently in treatment please discuss this with your MBCT teacher to explore whether you could take a break from this while you attend MBCT.
  • 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 out 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 16).

You are welcome to speak to a teacher about this decision to help work out what is right for you.
Contact the teacher in your area listed here:

Perth: Regina Gurlach


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.

What People Are Saying

I gained a lot from this course! I would definitely recommend it to friends and already have. I hadn’t been feeling ‘myself’ at the start of the course, and hadn’t been for almost a year. I had long term RSI which has gotten better in the 8 weeks – not 100% yet, but better than 6-8 months of physio beforehand! I feel myself again, and friends and work colleagues have noticed I seem happier, less stressed and I feel able to cope with stresses easier.

Tracey, 2017

Inner strength, confidence through knowing myself better, a more positive view of my future knowing that all I need is to turn into my pain and remember it will pass

Anna, 2016

It has definitely changed relationships in my life. Also it has helped me deal with confrontation a lot better. It has helped me become a lot more task focussed and given me the skill to see where my mind often wanders and why it goes to certain places. Loved the course and would recommend it to everyone.

Lacee, 2015

The course has made me feel a lot calmer in a busy life. It has reminded me to stop and smell the roses. It has taught me that awareness – is just that – not complicated! That meditation is not about stopping all thoughts but acknowledging them and letting them pass and then focussing back on the here and now.

Lisa 2016

It is hard to verbalise the surprisingly profound impact this experience (so much more than a course) has had on me. It has been so complete—spiritually, emotionally, professionally and intellectually.

Patrick 2016