MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy)

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)


Participants Will Learn

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

8 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each plus Orientation & Interview (9 weeks, 23 hours)
OR 2 day intensive (17 hours)
OR Online over 8 sessions (Coming Soon!)

Skills and practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

“I am not the same person as when I started. I will continue to meditate on a daily basis… this has been so powerful and profound…”

- MBCT Participant

Upcoming Courses

8-Week MBCT 17-101-14

Start: Thursday, May 4, 2017@6:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Alison Kelford MD & Wendy Stanyon RN

8-Week MBCT 17-101-13

Start: Wednesday, May 10, 2017@6:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Joanna Shapiro MD & Gwen Morgan MSW RSW

8-Week MBCT 17-101-16

Start: Monday, May 15, 2017@5:30 pm
Facilitator(s): Darren Higgins MD FRCPC & Nicholas Ozarko MSW RSW

8-Week MBCT 17-101-17

Start: Tuesday, May 23, 2017@6:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Shawna Perlin MD & Allison McLay DCS RP

8-Week MBCT 17-101-18

Start: Monday, June 12, 2017@6:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Amanda Guthrie ND & Elaine Smookler RP

8-Week MBCT 17-101-20

Start: Tuesday, June 27, 2017@6:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Angie Kingma OT Reg. (Ont.) & Karen Sutherland MSW RSW

8-Week MBCT 17-101-22

Start: Thursday, July 6, 2017@6:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Ian Singer MSW RSW & Nikki Mohle RN

8-Week MBCT 17-101-26

Start: Thursday, September 7, 2017@6:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Shawna Perlin MD & Ian Singer MSW RSW

8-Week MBCT 17-101-27

Start: Tuesday, September 12, 2017@6:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Shawna Perlin MD & Angie Kingma OT Reg. (Ont)

8-Week MBCT 17-101-28

Start: Thursday, October 5, 2017@1:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Nicholas Ozarko MSW RSW

8-Week MBCT 17-101-29

Start: Friday, October 13, 2017@2:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Evan Collins MD & David Denis ND RP

8-Week MBCT 17-101-30

Start: Monday, October 23, 2017@5:30 pm
Facilitator(s): Darren Higgins MD FRCPC & Anya Choulsky OT Reg. (Ont.)

8-Week MBCT 17-101-32

Start: Thursday, November 16, 2017@6:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Ian Singer MSW RSW & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed.

Personal Programs

Start: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Start: Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 10:00 am
Start: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Start: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 5:30 pm

Professional Development

Start: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 9:30 am
Start: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 9:30 am
Start: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:00 am
Start: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 9:30 am