Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is psychological therapy which blends features of cognitive therapy with mindfulness techniques. MBCT involves accepting thoughts and feelings without judgement rather than trying to push them out of consciousness, with a goal of correcting cognitive distortions. The aim of MBCT is not relaxation or happiness in themselves, but, rather, a “freedom from the tendency to get drawn into automatic reactions to thoughts, feelings, and events”. The aim of the program is to enhance awareness so clients are able to respond to things instead of react to them.
Benefits: MBCT prioritizes learning how to pay attention or concentrate with purpose, in each moment and most importantly, without judgment. Through mindfulness, clients can recognize that holding onto some of these feelings is ineffective and mentally destructive.