Mindfulness for your clients’ mental health

Give your clients the gift of mindfulness

Taught in a mental health context

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based 8-week workshop giving clients the training to focus on the present, gain perspective on their negative thinking, and think through positive in-the-moment actions.

We begin the next group Tuesday, January 16, 2018, in Manhattan.

Please send us your referrals now.

Web Information for your clients

Clients who can benefit may have

  • Long histories of depression
  • Long struggles with generalized anxiety
  • Remaining depressive symptoms after treatment (treatment resistant depression)
  • A history of childhood trauma
  • A wish for non-medication solutions
  • An interest in mindfulness

Many more people benefit than originally perceived

A meta-analysis of all the randomized trials of MBCT was published in JAMA Psychiatry in June, 2016. The focus is on MBCT for prevention of depression relapse, but the large sample of this meta-analysis gave researchers a much finer lens through which to look at efficacy. From this study we get evidence that those with remaining depressive symptoms do especially well with MBCT, and that alone has important implications. The same study indicates that those with childhood trauma do well with MBCT.

In addition this meta-analysis showed that MBCT is effective across a wide range of demographics.

Implications for MBCT in the United States

Some 30% of people treated for depression have remaining symptoms, can be defined as treatment-resistant. Now MBCT can be rationally offered to those people. While we would wish to know how much remaining symptoms are appropriate, the research does not show that. Some experts in the field feel the defining element is “energy”, having enough recovery to be able to focus the mind and do the MBCT exercises that are critical for experiential learning.

More information for professionals

The 2016 JAMA article – Containing all the research details.

The related editorial by Dr. Richard Davidson, commenting and outlining ideas for future research.

The blog entry at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, in which Dr. Zindel Segal and Dr. Catherine Crane clarify many of the implications of the research.

MBCT information site for North America, MBCT.com

Training Centers for teaching MBCT, and gaining general expertise

Centers for training in teaching MBCT, and in preparing to do related research

Note: Donald Fleck is a Mentor for those of you who’d like to begin teaching MBCT.

What to do now

Please review your client list, see who could benefit most from MBCT. Refer them to the workshop. We’ll do the intake to review suitability for each referral. After they complete the workshop, you can see for yourself the sorts of changes the workshop can encourage. Then consider beginning your own training to become an MBCT teacher.