Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Break the cycle of recurrent depression and experience the 8-week, evidence-based MBCT program, A Mindful Approach To Depression and Anxiety.

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines training in mindfulness meditation practices with principles from cognitive therapy.

The heart of MBCT lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterize and contribute to mood disorders while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them. Cultivating mindfulness offers possibilities and potential for living life in new ways; for learning new skills and wholly new ways of working with and befriending your mind.

Brown University's 8-week MBCT program, A Mindful Approach to Depression and Anxiety is evidence-based and experiential, designed to help participants break free from patterns that contribute to repeated and prolonged episodes of depression and anxiety.

Program Snapshot

8 Weeks

+ Orientation

Instructor-led sessions, reflection and practice


Live, synchronous

2.5 hours per week with one all-day session

$ 599

Tuition Cost

How Does MBCT Work?

  • Mindfulness practice helps you to see more clearly the patterns of the mind; and to learn how to recognize when your mood is beginning to go down. This means you can ‘nip it in the bud” much earlier than before.
  • Mindfulness can help you interrupt the automatic connection of negative mood, negative thinking and bodily sensations such as fatigue and “sluggishness” that often link, trigger or reactivate a downward mood spiral.
  • Mindfulness allows you to “shift gears” from a mode of mind dominated by critical and judgmental thinking (likely to provoke and accelerate downward mood spirals) to another mode of mind in which you experience the world directly, non-conceptually and non-judgmentally.
  • Mindfulness offers access to another approach to dealing with difficult emotions and moods.
  • Through mindfulness, you can discover that difficult and unwanted thoughts and feelings can be held in awareness, and seen from an altogether different perspective – a perspective that brings with it a sense of warmth and compassion to the suffering you are experiencing.
  • Mindfulness can help you learn how to be present and appreciate the simple pleasures of everyday life, connect with yourself, and the experience of being alive.

Who Will Benefit?

  • Those who have suffered from recurrent depression
  • Those who have been advised to remain on antidepressant medication for the duration of their lives to prevent a recurrence, as MBCT may be a favorable alternative
  • Those interested in learning new ways of relating to unwanted thoughts and feelings to respond to them more intentionally
  • Those interested in MBCT teacher training