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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression (1 of 8)

Michael Stroud

Michael Stroud

1/8/2019 7:15 PM 9:45 PM (8 Tuesday Nights)  at   East Hollywood Meditation Center, (4300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90029) (Map It)

MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) is based on the MBSR program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The MBCT program is designed specifically for people who suffer from depressed mood and was created to help prevent relapse into depression. In this program, you'll learn how to use different skills: cognitive therapy can teach you how to be aware of distortions in thinking, and mindfulness can teach you how to ground into the present moment and see your thought and feelings as simply mental events in the mind that come and go. Rather than trying to change or eliminate difficult mental experiences, MBCT teaches you how to develop a whole different understanding of and relationship to your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations. 

When you know how to change your relationship to negative thoughts or unpleasant experiences, they become much easier to handle, reducing the negative cycle that too often leads to relapse. You may find you are less stressed, less reactive, and are even enjoying life more! 

The MBCT course consists of eight weekly 2 hour classes, and a daylong meditation retreat. Sessions consist generally of guided mindfulness meditation, in-class exercises, gentle yoga, and discussion. There are also practices and homework assignments that participants complete during the days between sessions. The structure of MBCT requires strong commitment to doing the homework, but the rewards can be lasting. 

The latest research proves that MBCT can be as effective as prescription drugs in preventing relapse, and more effective in enhancing your quality of life. The study also showed MBCT to help people with a history of depression stay well in the longer term. 

If you are unsure if this class is a good fit for you, please feel free to contact the teacher to schedule a brief phone consultation.


Please Note: There will be a daylong retreat on March 2nd from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

Recommended reading: We will have optional readings each week in "The Mindful Way through Depression" by Williams, Teasdale, Segal, Kabat-Zinn and "Full Catastrophe Living" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. 

To purchase a copy of these books, please click on the image below, which will take you to a page on Amazon.com. (Your purchase supports InsightLA.) 


If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to call Michael at (310) 621-2184 or email michaels@insightla.org


At InsightLA, we’re dedicated to creating a safe and welcome, open and equitable community that stands firmly against all racial, gender, economic, or religious bias.

InsightLA works to protect the safety of all students. We reserve the right to remove any student from any class, sitting group, retreat, or any event if the student is disruptive to the safe learning environment we maintain for all.

Financial assistance or work exchange opportunities may be available for this program. For more information, please contact financialaid@insightla.org.

InsightLA reserves the right to cancel a class or special event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If InsightLA cancels an event you’ve registered for, you will be offered a full refund. If an event has to be postponed for any reason, you will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer your registration to the same event at the new, future date.

Fees:

Household income $44,000 or below:$450.00
Household income $45,000 - $59,000:$525.00
Household income $60,000 or greater:$600.00

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