Mapping MBCT’s Path: Sessions Structure Part 1

Christine-Runyan
University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

Key Points

  1. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is structured into eight sessions, each addressing different themes and incorporating mindfulness practices to improve awareness and attention.
  2. The therapy focuses on identifying and addressing automatic thought patterns, particularly those rooted in negativity, and introduces techniques such as the body scan and the 3-minute breathing space.
  3. MBCT’s initial sessions are dedicated to developing self-awareness, recognizing and addressing detrimental thought patterns, and cultivating skills to manage attention, thereby laying a foundation for addressing mental health difficulties effectively.
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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is a therapeutic approach primarily conducted in group settings, yet it can be tailored for individual sessions. The Mindful Way Workbook (https://www.mbct.com/books/) serves as a comprehensive guide to assist practitioners in applying MBCT concepts and strategies, offering meditation practices and didactic content for individual sessions.

MBCT is organized into eight sessions, each focusing on different themes and skills aimed at strengthening an individual’s capacity for attention and awareness.

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