The group training Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was designed in the 1990ies and is often seen as the gold standard of mindfulness-based non-medication approaches to relapse prevention for depression and anxiety.
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
As an established program it is evidence-based with an expansive body of scientific research. It 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 default patterns of negative thinking spirals.
Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)
Participants will learn skills and practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse.
Participants can identify and effectively address the triggers and symptoms of depression and anxiety as they arise in everyday life.
Commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required.
A 1-day silent retreat is part of the program (6hrs).
Timing, Venue and Cost
- 1 Orientation & Interview (free)
- 8 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each
- 1-day silent retreat
- 07:30pm until 10:00pm
- Choose from Monday 14 or 21 January at 7:30pm
Classes on Mondays
- 18, 25 February
- 4, 11, 18, 25 March
- 1, 8 April
- tbd in Central, Sheung Wan or Wanchai
About the Facilitator
Sebastian Droesler is a Counselling Psychologist who has been working as a mental health professional for nearly ten years. He works with many individuals suffering from low mood, depression and anxiety. He holds master’s degrees in Psychology and Counselling and practices Mindfulness himself since he started working in the field.
Based on his experience the practice of mindfulness in combination with cognitive training does not only help to prevent the relapse into depression and anxiety but caters to improve mental health in general. He teaches MBCT because it was particularly designed to expand the skillset to better respond to situations and periods of distress that he sees in many of his clients.
*Sebastian is a MBCT teacher in training with the renowned The Centre for Mindfulness Studies (Toronto) and has been accepted into the Centre’s Certification pathway which he will accomplish in 2019. As such Sebastian is mentored closely under the supervision of the Centre and adheres fully to the Centre’s code of conduct, ethical standards and strict supervision guidelines. The fee reflects Sebastian’s professional development and covers room rental, material and supervision.
Please find here scientific research and evidence base
- The Centre for Mindfulness Studies
- Oxford Mindfulness Centre
- Article in The Washington Post, March 2018
Not sure if you should attend?
This program is suited for individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or mild depression and 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