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)

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 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 17-101-25

Start: Tuesday, September 26, 2017@6:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Alison McLay DCS RP & Karen Sutherland MSW RSW

8-Week MBCT ONLINE 17-151-02

Start: Tuesday, October 3, 2017@2:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Michael Apollo RP

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 in Guelph 17-101-19

Start: Friday, October 13, 2017@9:30 am
Facilitator(s): Andrea Alvarez MD & Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)

8-Week MBCT 17-101-33

Start: Thursday, October 19, 2017@6:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Alison Kelford MD & Wendy Stanyon RN

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 17-101-23

Start: Saturday, November 4, 2017@10:00 am
Facilitator(s): Shawna Perlin MD & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP

8-Week MBCT 17-101-32

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

8-Week MBCT 18-101-01

Start: Tuesday, January 9, 2018@5:30 pm
Facilitator(s): Laura Lee Copeland MD FACEP & Melissa Nigrini RP

8-Week MBCT in OTTAWA 18-101-02

Start: Wednesday, January 10, 2018@4:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Karen Sutherland MSW RSW & Evelyn Tan MA SLP

8-Week MBCT 18-101-06

Start: Tuesday, February 13, 2018@6:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Shawna Perlin MD & Angie Kingma OT Reg. (Ont.) RP

8-Week MBCT 18-101-11

Start: Wednesday, April 11, 2018@12:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Patricia Rockman MD & Michael Apollo RP

8-Week MBCT 18-101-14

Start: Wednesday, April 18, 2018@5:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Angie Kingma OT Reg (Ont.)

Personal Programs

Start: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00 am
Start: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Start: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 2:00 pm
Start: Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 1:00 pm

Professional Development

Start: Friday, October 6, 2017 - 9:30 am
2017-10-06 13:30:00
Start: Monday, October 16, 2017 - 4:00 pm
2017-10-16 20:00:00
Start: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 3:00 pm
2017-10-22 19:00:00
Start: Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 9:30 am
2017-10-26 13:30:00