(formerly known as the CALM Program)
MBCT can help you learn to stop fighting with your mood and become more aware of its character. MBCT was developed to prevent depression relapse and it can also be a helpful program for people with generalized anxiety.
The MBCT program was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale, based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. It consists of 8 weekly 2- 2 1/2 hour sessions during which mindful meditation and other skills are learned.
Participants do exercises both in and outside of class that help them to observe the ways in which their thoughts can drive their moods and how mood can distort perspective. Through this exploration and observation of the body/mind connection participants learn to adjust patterns of behavior and move toward healthier states of mind.
Through building mindfulness skills you can learn your triggers and become more sensitive to the onset of symptoms. Paying attention in the present and bringing friendly curiosity to your experience, enables the option to step back and :
…and through all this, develop more calm and ease with your emotions and more easily navigate the storms that sometimes accompany depression and anxiety.