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MBCT courses at Breathing Space

Breathing Space runs Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses throughout the year. The course lasts eight weeks - once a week for two and a half hours per week.  Our courses are open to all. We provide some free places on MBCT courses to people living on a low income in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Course dates and bookings




What happens on an MBCT course at Breathing Space?

During the course, you will learn how to develop 'mindfulness' through meditation. Mindfulness means being aware of what is happening in your experience - in your mind and your body. You will learn this in a group of up to 35 people, with the course leader guiding you through a series of meditations. The course also draws on ideas from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you challenge negative thinking. You don't need to have any previous knowledge or experience of meditation or CBT to come on an MBCT course.

Sharing your experiences with other people on the course

You will also meet in smaller groups to talk about your experiences of the meditations. You will not have to reveal anything you do not want to. The course focuses on current experience and how to work with your thoughts and emotions; it is not about trying to find the cause of your depression.

MBCT course home practice

The MBCT course includes some home practice. It's important that you do as much of this as you can, because it takes some effort to learn the skills you need to break long-held patterns of thinking. You will be given audio files with guided meditations to practise every day between the course sessions. You will also be asked to do a few brief daily exercises and keep a simple diary of what you have been doing.

Committing to MBCT courses

We understand that it is often difficult to carve out time in an already busy life to come to all eight classes and do the home-practice. But we'll be encouraging you to do what you can to help yourself stay well. The practices are not a quick fix. Like any tool they can only benefit if you practise using them. So the more you can commit to practising between classes the more you will benefit from the course.

MBCT and antidepressants

It is fine to do the MBCT course if you are currently taking antidepressants. Please don't stop taking them without first consulting your GP or health practitioner. But please note that MBCT courses are not suitable for you if you are currently severely depressed.

Will MBCT work for you?

Research has shown that MBCT is particularly effective for people who have had at least three previous episodes of depression. However, we will be trying to change well-established habits of mind, and the results of doing that may only become apparent later. We ask you to approach the course with patience and persistence, putting time and effort into what will be asked of you, while accepting that the benefits may not show up straight away.

Course dates and bookings

Free places on MBCT courses

Profiles of our Breathing Space teachers

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