Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is a type of psychotherapy which combines practices of mindfulness and cognitive therapy to treat different kinds of psychological distress. Mindfulness is a practice of Buddhism which involves practising breathing exercises and mindful meditation. By incorporating this into cognitive therapy which involves making the clients realise the relationship between their thoughts and feelings, it allows them to accept their negative emotions instead of avoiding them. Through accepting, clients can establish healthier coping mechanisms with negative thought patterns as the regular practice of meditation allows them to control their emotions better when feeling underwhelmed.
The programme is normally used to treat clients with stress, depression, anxiety or any repetitive thoughts or emotions and lasts up to 8 weeks. Most of the practice is done outside of class as the clients are recommended to self-direct the concepts that the therapist suggests to them and incorporate the mindfulness activities into their everyday lifestyle.
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