Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a type of therapy that includes cognitive therapy, meditation, and mindfulness. MBCT is a facilitator led group programme, which I used to teach regularly for the last 15 years.
I now offer Mindfulness-based CBT which is tailored to your individual needs and difficulties, so you can go at your own pace and as deep as you feel comfortable. When undergoing mindfulness-based CBT, the mindfulness practices become a fundamental vehicle of change. By practising Mindfulness and CBT together you experience an incredible life-changing therapy.
Mindfulness-based CBT offers profound results because it re-programs your whole attitude to life. It teaches you to relate differently to all your experiences and daily activities
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
Mindfulness is a quality that every person already possesses. It’s not something you develop with age, I work with you to guide you on how to access it and use it to your advantage.
How does Mindfulness-based CBT differ from traditional CBT?
In traditional CBT the main focus is challenging the negative, automatic thoughts that might be driving an illness such as depression or anxiety. Although in both traditional CBT and mindfulness-based CBT, we focus on becoming aware of our thoughts, in MBCT we also focus on bringing acceptance and non-judgment to the thoughts that we are becoming aware of.
In Mindfulness-based CBT we learn to be an observer of our experience. We learn to have non-judgmental observations in the body whilst welcoming self-kindness and self-compassion. We also learn to be less critical of ourselves and more connected with our mind, body, and emotions.
Why Mindfulness-based CBT is better than CBT
Because it’s applicable to all different kinds of problems and mental health difficulties. It doesn’t focus on challenging the content of your thoughts. It teaches you to let them go instead of acting on them as if they were true.
Mindfulness-based CBT offers so much more than traditional CBT alone as it teaches you a whole new approach to life and helps you develop new healthy habits: Awareness of breath, Body scan exercises, Mindful stretching, Yoga, Mindful Walking, Mindful Eating.
Additionally as a registered psychologist, I work with you on so many deep levels, uncovering layers to help you live in a way that feels 100% true to you. As a result, you feel happier not just better or more positive.
My clients have seen changes in just a few sessions, but in my experience, clients who commit to a course of meetings upfront by booking the 5-session package tend to receive better outcomes overall!
Mindfulness-based CBT benefits:
- Mindfulness-based CBT helps you to recognise that you are in charge of your reactions.
- Mindfulness-based CBT enables you to learn and observe your own inner experiences.
- Mindfulness-based CBT allows you to recognise when a negative thought comes into your mind and reminds you that you have the choice of what happens next.
- Mindfulness-based CBT allows you to bring kindness and self-compassion to negative thoughts and feelings and do something helpful at that moment instead of beating yourself up for having those thoughts.
About Mindfulness-Based CBT
CBT for Depression
In traditional CBT for symptoms of depression, we focus on the content of the depressive thought and challenge the untrue beliefs and thoughts that don’t have ground in reality because there is no evidence for them. So, for example, if a person is depressed, they might experience thoughts of self-loathing or hatred, yet there is no evidence that the related thoughts and feelings are factually true.
Mindfulness-based CBT for depression
In mindfulness-based CBT, we don’t spend time challenging the depressive thoughts; we notice self-loathing thoughts and recognise them as thoughts and not facts.
Celebrities that use Mindfulness
Mindfulness is well known in the media, and many celebrities have used CBT and mindfulness-based CBT for several years.
Ruby Wax has suffered from depression for many years and benefited immensely from Mindfulness. Her experience was so life-changing that she trained in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to be able to share it with others.
She now uses her platform in the media to spread the word about the benefits and life-changing effects so others can heal in the same way. She has also written books on this.
It’s time to feel better!
Try Mindfulness-based CBT if you are:
- Dealing with a phobia
- Experiencing obsessive thoughts
- Having intrusive thoughts
- Worrying excessively
- Feeling out of control in your work life
- Feeling overwhelmed in relationships
My mindfulness-based CBT sessions might be the answer you’ve been searching for.
The beauty of my mindfulness-based CBT work is that I give you the tools to make your life better for the long term.
My approach is not a quick-fix option. It’s a change of your lifestyle and I can’t wait to guide on this path.
So ask yourself if you want:
- More Control Over Your Thoughts
- Stress Reduction
- Improved Mood
If the answer is YES, then book a connection call with me TODAY.
Mindfulness-based CBT in Leeds
With 20+ years of experience as a clinical psychologist, therapist, and mindfulness teacher, I can help you transform your life with my unique Mindfulness-based CBT approach.
I run my Mindfulness-based CBT clinic from Leeds via Zoom.
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