Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was designed in the 1990ies as a group training. Today it is the gold standard of mindfulness-based non-medication approaches to prevent the relapse into depression and anxiety.

The program combines Mindfulness Practices, as a way of being present in a non-judging manner, with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a way of becoming aware of negative thinking patterns.

It was an overall much more impactful experience than I’d expected for myself. I wasn’t sure if it would really help me with the struggles I’d had, but I went in with hope that it might help. And it did.  Meditation was new to me but I stuck with the home practice assignments and felt … Continue reading MBCT participant Suhani, 36, Senior Business manager

MBCT participant Suhani, 36, Senior Business manager

As an expatriated family man, the stresses of my Hong Kong professional life had begun to take a toll on my emotional wellbeing. The program helped me realise, in a non-threatening way, how to respect the health of the mind in the same way as the health of the body and armed me with the … Continue reading MBCT participant Mike, 49, Senior Executive

MBCT participant Mike, 49, Senior Executive

MBCT is evidence-based with an expansive body of scientific research. Amongst others, it is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)

Sebastian Droesler is a certified and registered MBCT teacher who commits to full-fidelity delivery of this standard program.

See upcoming schedule below!

Learning Commitment

Participants will learn skills and practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse as well as an overall resilience to stress and negative thinking spirals.

Participants can identify and effectively address the triggers and symptoms of depression and anxiety as they arise in everyday life.

Commitment to experiential learning and therefore weekly attendance and home practice activities is required. A silent retreat is part of the program (6-8hrs).

MBCT 8-week program Fall 2019

  • FREE Intro, venue visit and Q&A
    • Saturday 21 September 11:00 -12:00
    • Enhale Meditation Studio, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
    • Followed by mandatory Intake Interview
    • pls RSVP

Time and Dates in October November December 2019

  • 8 Saturdays 14:00 – 16:00
    • October 19 and 26
    • November 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
    • December 7
  • 1-day silent retreat on Sunday 24 November 2019

Venue

Cost

  • Early Bird HKD4000 for payments made before 20 September 2019
  • Regular Bird HKD4500 for payments made from 20 September 2019
  • Find Registration Form further below!

About the Facilitator

Sebastian Droesler is a Counselling Psychologist who has been working as a mental health professional for nearly ten years. He is a certified MBCT teacher. He is certified with the Toronto Centre for Mindfulness Studies (Toronto and Oxford being the two leading and founding MBCT institutions worldwide). He holds master’s degrees in Psychology and Counselling and practices Mindfulness himself since he started working in the field. He studied Early Buddhism at HKU.

Sebastian works with many individuals suffering from low mood, depression and anxiety. Based on his experience the practice of mindfulness in combination with cognitive training not only helps to prevent the relapse into depression and anxiety but caters to improve mental health in general. He teaches MBCT because it was particularly designed for expanding the skillset to better respond to situations and periods of distress that he sees in many of his clients.

Research

Please find here scientific research and evidence base

Some of the most impressive studies to date involve a treatment called mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, which combines meditation with psychotherapy to help patients deal with thoughts that lead to depression. Randomized controlled trials have shown that the approach significantly reduces the risk of depression relapse in individuals who have previously had three or more major depressive episodes.

The Washington Post, March 2018

Not sure if you should attend?

This program is suited for individuals experiencing moderate anxiety and/or people with a history of depressive episodes.

If you are unsure about choosing the right program, please refer to the chart below as well as the following short videos.

Patricia Rockman Video MBCT vs. MBSR

Zindel Segel on MBCT

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