Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Getting unstuck from depression and anxiety

This program is designed for people who have experience with depression and/or anxiety and offers skills development to prevent or better manage these experiences in the future. The practice of mindfulness meditation allows you to pay close attention to the present moment, noting your thoughts, feelings and body sensations with an attitude of curiosity and non-judgment. This non-reactive stance on your experience creates the possibility of working more wisely with sadness, fear and worry - emotions that are central to the experience of depression and anxiety.

You will meet together in a group on a weekly basis. The main 'work' of the program is done at home between classes, using an app with guided meditations that support your developing practice outside of class. In each class, you have an opportunity to talk about your experiences with the home practices, the obstacles that inevitably arise, and how to deal with them skilfully.  There will be a maximum of 14 participants in the group.


Testimonials from the online course:

‘I was taken by surprise how easy it was to access the course, to meet with other participants and how personal this was. I felt very safe in this space and appreciated that I could stay in my space but connect to others. This was very helpful as I am feeling quite anxious sometimes, and it was very convenient in general with all other commitments.’
‘Surprisingly effective. I really enjoyed the guided meditations and the input by Regina and also the comments from the other participants. It was really important to have this weekly contact and the time slot.’
‘I really liked the online MBCT program! I was able to do the course from the comfort of my own home, no travel and connect with others with nil difficulties.’
‘Engaging, interesting, supportive, positive, helpful.’
‘It was great! It meant I could do it.’
‘Powerful course, well run, sensitive, good interaction, good technical support. Excellent.. ‘
‘More of same sort of course is needed in society’
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What will you be learning in the course?


Recognise patterns

Recognise habitual, unhelpful reactions that keep you stuck in anxiety and depression

You will learn to interrupt endless painful 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.


Settle your emotions

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.


Respond proactively

Respond proactively to your distress, make new choices and practice fresh behaviour.

You will actively plan for and practice finding satisfying ways to respond to your painful thoughts and emotions.

Be curious. Recognise your situation. Act with courage.

Watch this informative video on the research process behind MBCT:

What does the course involve?

The MBCT course involves -

  • some paper-work and a 30 minute 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 structured 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. It is most useful:

  • For those who have suffered from recurrent depression or anxiety
  • For those who have been advised to remain on antidepressant/anxiety medication for the rest of their life to prevent a recurrence, as MBCT may be a welcome alternative
  • For those interested in an opportunity to learn a new way of relating to unwanted thoughts and feelings and powerful skills for responding to them in an intentional and skillful manner

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 Regina here: R.Gerlach@curtin.edu.au

3 Is the MBCT course right for me?

This course is offered and fully facilitated online with a weekly face-to-face online class.

The 30 minute interview with the facilitator will attend to all your questions and will provide relevant information on whether this program is suitable for you. In order to gain full benefit of the program it is recommended have past experience of depressive episodes or anxiety. This program may be not suitable if you are currently self-harming or experiencing suicidal thoughts.

You are also welcome to check how you are feeling right now by taking this online depression-anxiety-stress test:


What People Are Saying

I have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.

Anonymous, 2018

Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.



Ingrid (GP), 2018

Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.



Lee-Anne , 2018

It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone.

Lisa, 2018

Bravo Ingrid Jolley and Openground! Thank you for your soothing and strengthening MBSR course. I’m feeling grounded, curious and hopeful about the future. I have the tools I need to lead an authentic, fulfilling life. 


Roz , 2018