Mindfulness is a word that describes a type of cognitive therapy associated with psychotherapy. This technique draws from meditation practices, cognitive therapy, and a non-judgmental attitude rooted in the present/reality. Mindfulness based cognitive therapy is incredibly effective because of the way it marries cognitive therapy and mindfulness practices. Cognitive therapy encourages individuals to interrupt their instinctual thought processes and instead work through their feelings in more healthy ways, while mindfulness urges individuals to observe and identify the feelings they are experiencing.
According to research, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy or “mindfulness therapy” can be extremely effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, such as:
Mindfulness therapy can also be helpful in preventing relapses in depressive episodes. This is because, similar to cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is rooted in the belief that individuals who have a history of struggling with depression will fall back into old patterns (aka cognitive processes) when they experience distress, leading them to a dip back into depression.
There are various different techniques that therapists leading mindful therapy groups may teach its members. These could include:
Mindfulness based cognitive therapy can be performed in individual or group therapy settings, as well as via in person or online therapy sessions. Grouport offers group therapy that is conducted virtually, from the safety of your home.
Wondering if mindfulness based cognitive therapy is for you? If you enroll in Grouport, you will receive a brief, 20 minute virtual onboarding consultation with a trained intake coordinator who will then match you with a therapy group they feel is best suited to your particular needs.