How MBCT mindfulness can work for you
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to help if you want to enhance your general physical and mental wellbeing. There are many reasons why people come to our MBCT group courses. Some want to manage their stress and anxiety better. Others wish to manage their low moods and bouts of depression. Other people take part to improve their concentration and ability to stay in the present.
Whatever your reason, with our mindfulness courses or 1-2-1 sessions, you will learn to increase your awareness so that you can see things as they are, not how you would like them to be. Instead of reflecting on the past or worrying about the future, we’ll teach you how to stay focused on what’s happening right now.
8 WEEKS £275 (£225 early bird rate)
During the 8-week course you’ll develop skills to manage the ups and downs of life and learn ways of responding that help improve your wellbeing. MBCT groups usually have 8–14 people meeting weekly for eight sessions of 1hr 45mins. Nicola teaches MBCT in a number of locations throughout the year.
Every week we’ll be covering a different theme as we develop the practice of mindfulness. The sessions will start with a practice, then an introduction to the session, followed by a review of the home practice. Each session will centre on a foundational meditation practice followed by group reflections and learning/discussion points. At the end of each session, we’ll discuss the home practice expected between sessions.
The fee includes:
all handouts and resources, and a USB memory stick or CD of guided practices for use during and after the course
a pre-course individual meeting (30 mins) with each potential participant to discuss the course, any questions you may have and any other relevant information. The course is a commitment, so it's important to consider whether it’s right for you, and whether you would have time to practice the mindfulness skills in between sessions, as this is an important part of the course
an optional post-group individual meeting (included in the price)
8 SESSIONS £POA
There are considerable benefits to learning mindfulness in a group, which are supported by research. However, some people prefer to have individual mindfulness sessions, perhaps because they feel a group isn’t for them. If you would prefer a 1-2-1 session, Nicola offers these at the Ashgrove Clinic in Higham Ferrers, near Rushden in Northamptonshire. These are usually held on Wednesday mornings.
The eight step programme
The 8-week MBCT course is a well-established and scientifically-proven way of helping you to train your ‘meditation muscles’ by offering a programme to help you understand and develop the wellbeing benefits of mindfulness. It provides a structured process with a group of people supported by regular practice. Just like training your physical muscles, your meditation muscles need to be trained at home too to get the most from the course.
Session 1 - Awareness and automatic pilot – stepping out of ‘doing’ mode into ‘being’ mode
Session 2 - Dealing with barriers – living in our heads – paying attention in each moment without judgement
Session 3 - Mindfulness of the breath and body in movement
Session 4 - Staying present – recognising aversion, becoming aware of how we might respond mindfully
Session 5 - Acceptance, allowing and letting be – working towards developing acceptance and kindness towards our experiences
Session 6 - Thoughts are not facts – ways to see thoughts differently
Session 7 - How can I best take care of myself? Using skilful action to take care of ourselves, even when our mood lowers
Session 8 - Acceptance and change – maintaining and extending new learning!
How to book
Take the first step by filling out our enquiry form below. Tell us whether you’d prefer to join a group, and if so, at which location, or have 1-2-1 sessions. Nicola will then call you to discuss your personal situation and requirements. It’s as easy as that.