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)

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 17-101-08

Start: Thursday, April 6, 2017@9:30 am
Facilitator(s): Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Raha Mirian MA RP

8-Week MBCT 17-101-09

Start: Thursday, April 20, 2017@6:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Ian Singer MSW RSW & Dee Miron OT Reg. (Ont.)

8-Week MBCT 17-101-15

Start: Friday, April 28, 2017@2:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Shawna Perlin MD & David Denis ND RP

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 17-101-26

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

8-Week MBCT 17-101-28

Start: Thursday, October 5, 2017@1:30 pm
Facilitator(s): Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Nicholas Ozarko MSW RSW

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: Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Start: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:00 pm
Start: Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 9:30 am
Start: Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 10:00 am

Professional Development

Start: Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Start: Monday, April 24, 2017 - 9:30 am
Start: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 9:30 am
Start: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 9:30 am