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Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Next Course starting: Monday 21 June 2021, 7 – 9pm BST
Mindfulness based cognitive therapy program

The mind goes on and on!
So much chatter, so much comparison, so much complaint…

Does this sound familiar to you?

In the moment of meeting our discontent, there is the possibility of being transformed by it!

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness practice helps us to see more clearly the patterns of the mind and teaches us to stay in the present moment, rather than reliving the past or pre-living the future. You learn in the first place just to be conscious and accept whatever is there. Acceptance means seeing things as they actually are in the present. We cultivate acceptance by taking each moment as it comes and being with it fully, as it is! And by this acceptance you will see that changing happen by itself.

What is MBCT?

It combines a form of Eastern meditation with elements of Cognitive Therapy in an eight session programme.

It was developed by Prof. Mark Williams (Oxford), John Teasdale (Oxford/Cambridge) and Zindel Segal (Toronto) for people who have been repeatedly depressed to help them stay well.

It is closely based on Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness based Stress Reduction programme (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, which has been found to produce significant change in participants’ ability to deal with chronic pain, anxiety and stress.

Content of the MBCT eight session programme

Please find here the topics covered in the programme:

  • Awareness and automatic pilot
  • Living in our heads
  • Gathering the scattered mind
  • Recognizing aversion
  • Allowing / letting be
  • Thoughts are not facts
  • ‘How can I best take care of myself?’
  • Maintaining  and extending new learning
Voices of Participants
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I have tried many therapies in the past – including standard cognitive therapy – which I found helpful to an extent. I have also tried yoga and other meditation courses. However, yours is the only course that I have done which has offered me such an insightful and effective way forward. I think that the professional and rigorous way in which you approach your teaching is extraordinary and inspirational!

Loved every minute…
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Brilliant – loved every minute! I liked how it builds over time, to learn the foundations first, then to graduate to develop our own plan… Susann is a very powerful presenter and I found the experience very structured with a defined start and finish.

Life back…
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Susann has given me my life back! After being dogged with depression for over a decade, I finally have the tools to prevent myself from slipping into the downward spirals that have taken over so much of my life. I am now calmer, happier and optimistic that the future will be very different.

Reinvigorated perspective…
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Best course I’ve ever done! When I started MBCT I was severely depressed. Medication lifted me out of a hole but MBCT has given a reinvigorated perspective on my life, the illness and now to cope with difficulties that come my way. Susann is a truly wonderful teacher – I’m so glad and happy that I embraced this…

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A massive thank you to Susann! Throughout the whole course and I’m sure into the future Susann has felt more like a friend than a teacher; never once did I doubt her support or commitment to helping us. It truly made a difference to my motivation and what I managed to draw from this experience.

Concise teaching…
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Thank you Susann for your energy and your humanity! I liked the clear and concise teaching; it was well structured, friendly and inclusive – a professional course and considerate training. The fact that this was introduced as training rather than therapy hit the spot!
Do it – you’ll never regret it!

Even though…
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Thank you very much Susann! You’ve always been very encouraging but kind – but not too kind that we can get away with not meditating! Always remember – that this is serious, not a joke! I learnt that I need to be kind to myself. My life is definitely getting better… not the life itself, but how I relate to my experience made me feel that my life has got better even though it has been quite the same really!

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MBCT OnlineLIVE with our Guiding Teacher
Susann Herrmann, Clinical Psychol./Occup. Psychol. (MA) >>
How will we meet?

We will meet together using the OnlineLIVE platform Zoom from wherever you are based. All you will need is a computer or laptop and a reliable internet connection – all details and a link to join the call will be sent via email when you sign up.

If you would like to have a Zoom appointment for a 15min conversation free of charge to test the platform and to discuss the MBCT OnlineLIVE Programme please feel free to contact us.

MBCT OnlineLIVE Group Course

starting June 

  • Mondays:
    Jun 21, Jun 28, Jul 05, Jul 19, Jul 26, Aug 02, Aug 09, Aug 16
  • Time zone details:
    7 – 9pm BST (London, UK). The first session will be 30min longer.
    If you are in a different time zone, please use our
     time zone converter to determine your local time.
  • plus an ’All-Day’ Retreat:
    Sat Aug 07 (10am – 5pm BST)
    If you are in a different time zone, please use our time zone converter to determine your local time.
    Please note the all-day retreat also takes place online.
  • Location:
    Online via Zoom
  • MBCT OnlineLIVE Group CourseCost: including handouts & guided meditation
    • £ 250 Individual
    • £ 225 Discount Rate – Individual – Friends Membership
    • £ 295 Organisation
      Click here to Enrol on Course Now

MBCT OnlineLIVE One-to-One programme

  • 10 meetings of 90 mins each 
  • Cost including handouts & guided meditations:
  • Location:
    Online via Zoom

To work with Susann in a one-to-one capacity online or in-person on the Isle of Wight, please send an email.

How does MBCT work?

By practising in sessions, and by listening to guided meditations at home during the week, you learn the practice of mindfulness meditation.

Practices such as the Body Scan, Breathing meditation, and simple Yoga exercises that allow you to come in touch with moment-to-moment changes in the mind and the body and foster a new, ’de-centred’ perspective to your thoughts and feelings.

The sessions include basic education about mental health issues, plus exercises from cognitive therapy that show the links between thinking and feeling and how you can look after yourself.

MBCT is challenging and life-affirming. Participating requires an ongoing commitment to yourself (home assignments).

What do you learn?

  • to become familiar with the workings of your mind
  • to notice the times when you are at risk of getting caught in old habits of mind that re-activate downward mood spirals
  • to explore ways of releasing yourself from those old habits and, if you choose, enter a different way of being
  • to put you in touch with a different way of knowing yourself and the world
  • to notice small beauties and pleasures in the world around you instead of living in your head
  • to be kind to yourself instead of wishing things were different all the time, or driving yourself to meet impossible goals
  • to find a way so you don’t have to battle with yourself all the time
  • to accept yourself as you are, rather than judging yourself all the time

We very much look forward to welcoming you!

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