Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Lewis Psychology is a Wolverhampton based psychology
What is MBCT?
The core skill of MBCT is to recognise and disengage from mind states characterised by self-perpetuating patterns of ruminative negative thoughts. Such patterns, if left unchecked, are likely to produce a downward spiralling of mood and eventually lead to anxiety or depression. In MBCT, you will learn how to disengage from one mode of mind and enter another mode, this will enable you to process problematic information in ways that are more helpful.
The basic tool to effect this change of mental
Components of MBCT
There are four main components of MBCT:
- Concentration practices to steady and calm the mind: These practices involve learning to focus on an object of attention such as the breath, sounds or body sensations and trying to stay with it. When the mind wanders, it is gently and kindly brought back to the object of attention. This practice is a building block that facilitates other meditation practices.
- Mindfulness: Once there is some comfort with concentration practice and you have learned to gather and steady attention, we can then expand the focus to begin
practicingmindfulness. In concentration practice, we gently return the mind to the object of attention each time it wanders. In mindfulness practice, we get curious about what has distracted us and captured our attention, and attend to the rising and passing of all phenomena in experience.
- Compassion: If you are in significant pain or feeling overwhelmed, compassion practice can be especially useful. It can be an effective counterpoint to self-criticism and self-loathing. This practice involves embracing who you are in an awake and accepting way, bringing kindness and acceptance to even the most difficult experiences.
- Learning: A central element of treatment is providing information that can help you to fully understand and have compassion for your own experience. We will teach you about the nature of your condition and ways in which you habitually respond may increase distress and decrease satisfaction. Our methods include verbal instruction (supported by handouts), experiential demonstrations (e.g. demonstrating the paradoxical effects of thought suppression) and
practicingmindfulness audio exercises at home.
How can MBCT help?
MBCT focuses on helping you:
- develop a new relationship with your internal experiences so that you see your thoughts objectively rather than all-encompassing truths
willingnessto approach rather than trying to avoid experience
- engage in actions that matter to you rather than habitually avoiding
- respond rather than react to worrisome thoughts, catastrophic images or recurrent painful memories
- expand your awareness of experience, noticing reactions as what they are and allowing them to be
- developing kindness and compassion towards yourself
intentionally choosing to respond in an alternative way
Make an appointment for MBCT
If you would like to arrange an appointment or require further information regarding MBCT please telephone our Wolverhampton practice
Initial telephone discussion
You are welcome to contact us for a
Fees and Payment
MBCT is £80 for an hour appointment. We accept a variety of payment methods including cash, bank transfer or credit/debit card.