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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness is the ability to focus attention in the present moment while being relaxed and nonjudgmental. This means one sits in awareness of thoughts but does not judge or react to the thoughts – just observe them. The act of being mindful takes practice but is quite useful in helping individuals control their thoughts – instead of being controlled by their thoughts. Through Mindfulness, one becomes less reactive and more intentional, focus is improved, and stress is reduced.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy incorporates mindfulness and breathing techniques. It has been very successful in treating patients with major depressive disorder – as well as preventing relapse. The MBCT modality is also helpful for those struggling with chronic stress and anxiety, chronic pain, anger management, addiction, and much more. It is typically used in conjunction with other types of including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.

Would you like to discuss how Mindfulness Therapy may work for you?