Users of MBCT and MMBPro may be surprised to see that we encourage them to take time away from our course and to split up sessions by a few weeks. We used this approach because using the practice first in therapists’ own lives is such an important part of learning it.
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The increasing number of veterans returning from tours of duty leads to an increased awareness of PTSD and its symptoms. Mindfulness is becoming increasingly well known also, if only at the most basic level of its definition. But how do the two relate to each other?
Our patterns of negative thinking are often based on old, well-practiced, automatic cognitive routines (often repetitive). They are motivated (usually ineffectively) by the goal of escaping/avoiding distressing feelings or problematic life situations. These unhelpful routines persist because we remain in a cognitive mode characterized by a number of features.
Participants in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy who are also taking antidepressants often wonder whether they will be able to come off their meds once the program is over or, for some, before or as they begin the MBCT program.
People often stumble over the concept of acceptance when they learn about it as an approach for dealing with difficult emotions and mind states. These reactions reflect an underlying calculation that even though trying to avoid or push away negative thoughts and feelings can be exhausting, the strategy has worked in the past, so… why risk using a different and unfamiliar strategy?
It is not unusual for clients to come to MBCT with preconceived notions that being mindful means being peaceful, silent, and still. It can be very confusing, therefore, when these expectations rub up against the real demands of practicing mindfulness in everyday life.
Learning and delivering MBCT offers many gifts for your clients who are struggling or vulnerable in myriad ways, but the therapist also stands to gain.
While benefits of mindfulness practices in the clinical sphere are now more widely accepted, for clients to have access to these programs, clinicians must have access to training.
It was kind of outrageous. There is no other way to describe my initial reaction to being told that teaching MBCT would require that I begin practicing meditation myself. I wasn’t the only one who felt that way either.
Our guiding philosophy is that good training and dedicated personal practice are necessary to deliver the highest quality MBCT. What’s less obvious are which types of training, how much practice, and which competence thresholds best support MBCT and the larger field of mindfulness-based interventions.