Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

At Think Recovery, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive mental wellness solutions to the vibrant community of Calgary and virtually, throughout Alberta. One type of therapy we offer is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), an evidence-based approach that empowers individuals to cultivate mindfulness and cognitive skills to effectively manage stress, anxiety, and depression.

What is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)?

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is an advanced therapeutic approach that integrates the elements of mindfulness practices with cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques. Initially developed to prevent relapse in individuals with recurrent depression, MBCT has since expanded its applications to various mental health concerns, including anxiety, stress, and much more.

The core principle of MBCT is mindfulness—a state of intentional, non-judgmental awareness of the present moment. Through MBCT, patients learn to observe their thoughts and emotions without clinging to them or being overwhelmed by their presence. This compassionate detachment allows individuals to break free from harmful thought patterns and emotional reactions, ultimately fostering a healthier relationship with their inner experiences.

The Foundations of MBCT

Mindfulness Practices 

MBCT incorporates various mindfulness exercises, such as focused breathing, body scans, and mindful movements. These practices help individuals anchor their attention in the present moment, enhancing self-awareness and reducing rumination on past regrets or anxieties about the future.

Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques 

MBCT also integrates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy, which involve identifying and challenging negative thought patterns. Patients learn to recognize automatic negative thoughts and replace them with more balanced, and fair  perspectives.

The Benefits of MBCT

  • MBCT has demonstrated remarkable effectiveness in preventing relapse in individuals with recurrent depression. 
  • For those experiencing chronic anxiety, MBCT offers practical tools to manage excessive worry and catastrophic thinking.
  • Participants learn to let go of unhelpful stress responses, promoting a sense of calm and relaxation amidst life’s challenges.
  • MBCT equips individuals with the ability to observe and accept emotions without judgment, leading to improved emotional regulation.
  • Through regular practice, MBCT enhances resilience by promoting a non-reactive approach to stressors and setbacks. 

The MBCT Process at Think Recovery

  1. Initial Assessment: Our skilled therapists at Think Recovery conduct a thorough assessment to understand each patient’s unique needs and challenges. This evaluation helps tailor the MBCT program to suit individual goals.
  2. Mindfulness Training: During the MBCT program, patients participate in guided mindfulness exercises to develop their awareness and mindfulness skills. These exercises may be practiced in sessions and encouraged as homework to reinforce learning.
  3. Cognitive Restructuring: Alongside mindfulness training, patients engage in cognitive restructuring exercises to identify and challenge negative thought patterns. This process aids in developing a more balanced and positive mindset.
  4. Mindfulness Integration: As patients progress through the program, the integration of mindfulness into daily life becomes a central focus. Therapists encourage the application of mindfulness skills to various real-life situations, fostering lasting change and personal growth.

Rewrite Your Mind and Rediscover Yourself with MBCT

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a transformative therapeutic approach that empowers individuals to cultivate mindfulness and cognitive skills, fostering resilience and mental well-being. At Think Recovery, we are dedicated to providing high-quality MBCT services to the Calgary community, through individual assessments and on-going support. 

Whether you are seeking support for depression, anxiety, or stress, our clinic is available to provide compassionate care to guide you on your journey towards lasting recovery and a more fulfilling life.