Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
This is a powerful healing modality, usually taught in the group setting, which can be very effective for breaking the cycle of repeated depressions. Mindfulness refers to the cultivation of a way of being which is open, kind, and skillful through the simple practice of paying attention without judgment or criticism (easier said than done in our hyper-critical culture!). Cognitive therapy includes identification and questioning of distorted thoughts which can be the underpinnings for holding in place repetitive symptoms of depression, anxiety, and distress. Tools from MBCT, such as the body scan, mindfulness of thoughts, and mindfulness of the breath, can also be very helpful for individuals to use. Some people also use these techniques to alleviate anxiety.
I am very grateful for the work of Drs. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale for elucidating the complex interactions between these elements in the service of healing. The generosity of Dr. Stu Eisendrath and Maura McLane at UCSF has also been a tremendous blessing.
8-week MBCT groups meet intermittently in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?"
- Mary Oliver