The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center offers a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program. MBCT is an empirically-supported group-based intervention that was designed to facilitate recovery from depression and prevent future depressive relapses. The treatment has also been shown to be helpful for individuals with anxiety. MBCT was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. The treatment combines elements of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. Participants use mindfulness to develop a new way of relating to their experiences using acceptance, compassion, and curiosity.
- One initial individual evaluation for screening and orientation
- Commitment to attending eight weeks of two-and-a-half-hour group sessions and one day-long retreat
- Commitment to 40-50 minutes of daily home practice during the program (audio files will be provided to facilitate home practice)
Who should participate?
- Participants must have a diagnosis of depression and/or anxiety
- Participants are most likely to benefit from the program if they are functioning well in their daily lives and have the energy and motivation to engage in assigned home practices consistently
Who should not participate?
- Persons with current or past psychotic features; have received electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the past six-months; are actively abusing substances; have current suicidality or who are unable to function appropriately in a group setting.
- If you are interested, please contact Sophie Lazarus at Sophie.Lazarus@osumc.edu for more information on joining the MBCT groups.
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