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Therapy: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is an approach to psychotherapy that draws on cognitive behavioural therapy methods and interventions in conjunction with mindfulness and meditative practices as well as associated psychological strategies that facilitate a cultivation of a present-oriented, non-judgmental attitude (mindfulness).

Research suggests that MBCT can be effective for helping individuals who have experienced multiple episodes of depression and while it was originally developed to treat depression, it has also been shown to be effective many other difficulties.

Mindfulness helps you observe and identify your feelings (and therefore can help you manage difficult and painful feelings) while cognitive therapy teaches you to interrupt and challenge unhelpful automatic thought processes and work through feelings in a healthy way.

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