MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy)

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression in Toronto, North Toronto (North York), Guelph, Ottawa or online

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse and treating mood disorders. It reduces 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)

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.

If you’re taking an online MBCT, participants must be able to meet the following technical requirements.

8 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each plus Orientation & Interview (9 weeks, 23 hours)
OR 8 weekly online sessions of 2.5 hours each

Most third-party insurance plans cover the cost of this program. Learn more, click here.

Participants Will Learn

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 Online 18-151-04

Start: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Facilitator(s): Rhea Plosker MASc MC RSW RP

8-Week MBCT 18-101-23

Start: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Facilitator(s): Angie Kingma OT Reg. (Ont.) RP & Anne Wagner

8-Week MBCT in North Toronto 18-101-24

Start: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Facilitator(s): Laura Lee Copeland MD & Eva Hahler PhD, C.Psych.

8-Week MBCT in Guelph 18-101-25

Start: Monday, September 10, 2018
Facilitator(s): Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.) & Jamie McCarthy

8-Week MBCT 18-101-19

Start: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Facilitator(s): Joanna Shapiro MD & Ian Singer MSW RSW

8-Week MBCT Online 18-151-05

Start: Friday, September 21, 2018
Facilitator(s): Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)

8-Week MBCT 18-101-27

Start: Monday, September 24, 2018
Facilitator(s): Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Elaine Smookler RP

8-Week MBCT in Ottawa 18-101-26

Start: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Facilitator(s): Karen Sutherland MSW RSW & Kelley Raab PhD RP

8-Week MBCT 18-101-28

Start: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Facilitator(s): Shawna Perlin MD & Allison McLay BCS RP

8-Week MBCT in North Toronto 18-101-29

Start: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Facilitator(s): Shawna Perlin MD & Wendy Stanyon RN

8-Week MBCT Online 18-151-06

Start: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Facilitator(s): Melissa Nigrini RP

8-Week MBCT 18-101-31

Start: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Facilitator(s): Alison Kelford MD & Allison McLay RP

8-Week MBCT 18-101-33

Start: Monday, October 29, 2018
Facilitator(s): Darren Higgins MD FRCPC & Eva Hahler PhD C.Psych

8-Week MBCT 18-101-34

Start: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Facilitator(s): Laura Lee Copeland MD FACEP & Melissa Nigrini RP

8-Week MBCT Online 18-151-07

Start: Monday, November 26, 2018
Facilitator(s): Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)

8-Week MBCT 18-101-35

Start: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Facilitator(s): Evan Collins MD FRCPC & Ian Singer MSW RSW