Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
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
For further details of our pricing structure please visit our fees page.
Our clients come to us via several routes: they cover the cost of MBCT
Initial telephone discussion
You are welcome to contact us for a
In addition to offering face-to face services we also offer sessions via Skype, Zoom, Google hangouts, FaceTime or telephone.
Lewis Psychology Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement (24 March 2020)
All appointments will be temporarily conducted via our remote services.
Please be assured that Lewis Psychology is taking this Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis very seriously, the health and wellbeing of our client’s and staff is first and foremost our priority. We are also aware that during this difficult time it is more important than ever to take care of our mental health, this is why we are doing everything within our power to maintain our service and commitment to you in whichever way we can. Our offices are unfortunately now temporarily closed as far as face to face counselling/psychotherapy is concerned, because of this we have greatly expanded our remote services such as telephone and video counselling/psychotherapy (Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts and FaceTime).
Our technology infrastructure allows us to access and operate all our systems remotely should we need to. This allows every member of staff to have access to our I.T. systems away from the office ensuring our clients continue to get an uninterrupted service.
Should you wish to arrange an appointment for counselling/psychotherapy via one of our remote services please do not hesitate to contact us in the usual manner. We promise to do our very best to support our customers during this difficult time. If you have any queries or concerns in regard to the above please contact Teresa Lewis as follows:
Office: 01902 827808