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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

September 14, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm BST


Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy combines mindfulness practices and cognitive-behavioural techniques to help reduce depression. Evidence demonstrates it can be as effective as anti-depressants in preventing relapse. he eight-week course helps participants develop greater awareness of their thoughts, emotions, and experiences which in turn helps cultivate resilience and reduce depression and anxiety. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was designed specifically to help people who experience repeated episodes of depression to prevent relapse. MBCT is now recognised as an effective treatment for existing mild to moderate depression (not just to prevent relapse). And there is increasing evidence that shows it could be effective for other mental health issues and to improve wellbeing and resilience.

What can I expect?
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy takes the form of eight weekly sessions, with audio recorded guided meditations for participants to practice at home throughout the programme. We include an orientation session at the beginning of the programme, to enable potential participants to decide if mindfulness is for them.

Each weekly class is two hours. Typically, each class starts with a mindfulness practice. Mindfulness practice involves bringing our attention to our present-moment experience, as best we can. For example, we might pay attention to bodily sensations. Each mindfulness practice is followed by a discussion of people’s experiences during the practice. Classes include other relevant exercises to help increase understanding about the way the mind works.

We aim to create a friendly and supportive atmosphere in the classes. No one is asked to do anything they don’t want to. For example, if you prefer not to speak in front of the whole class, it is fine just to listen to the other participants. There is normally some smaller group work, or discussion in pairs. The size of the class can vary and is likely to be between 6 and 12 people. The course is enhanced by 20 to 40 minutes of home practice a day for six out of seven days. It is important to consider how you will make time for the home practice, as benefits are directly linked to the amount of time invested. However, it is completely up to the participant to work out what is possible and adapt as needed.

Event Details

September 14, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm BST
Event Category:
Mode of Attendance:
Specific Audience:
General public, new to mindfulness
Event Mindfulness Approach:
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Partner Profile

Sussex Mindfulness Centre

Sussex Mindfulness Centre

Registered Jun 2020
Training Partner


We aim to improve the wellbeing and mental health of all people who can benefit from mindfulness. We do this by running mindfulness and compassion programmes, training teachers, and conducting research. The Sussex Mindfulness Centre is part of the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We are the only mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training and research centre embedded in the NHS. We bring together teachers, teacher trainers and researchers of mindfulness-based approaches. This includes a partnership of Trust staff, experienced researchers at the University of Sussex, and experienced teachers and trainers in the local community. We have good links with local teachers, as well as with trainers and researchers in other mindfulness centres and universities in the UK.


0300 304 2057


Brighton, United Kingdom