What is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindful Psychology integrates Western psychology with Eastern philosophy, Buddhist psychology, mindfulness and neuroscience. This new approach can be very beneficial, because it takes the essential elements of all these disciplines and blends them into a theory that is very practical and much more kind and sympathetic to the human condition. It embraces the notion that emotional well-being is related to emotional stability and a balanced approach to life. It accepts that life is filled with moments of both joy and suffering and that how we react to either of these can influence our well-being.

Mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques are used to help patients learn to tolerate difficult emotions and overcome distressing thoughts. These methods are simple, relatively easy to learn, and are available to almost anyone. By using relaxation, an awareness of the breath, and a gentle focus of attention, patients involved in mindfulness and acceptance based cognitive-behavioral therapy learn to observe their thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations in a special and non-judgmental way. In clinical research, these methods have been shown to assist in recovery from depression, anxiety disorders, addictions, and stress-related problems.