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 18-101-31

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

MBCT in Guelph 18-101-30

Start: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Facilitator(s): Alison Kelford MD & Nikki Mohle RN

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): Susan Hershkop MD & 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

MBCT in Ottawa 18-101-32

Start: Friday, November 30, 2018
Facilitator(s): Karen Sutherland MSW RSW & Sukhjeewan Basran MD

MBCT in Ottawa 19-101-01

Start: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Facilitator(s): Karen Sutherland MSW RSW & Julie Kathleen Campbell MPs OPQ

MBCT in North Toronto 19-101-05

Start: Monday, January 21, 2019
Facilitator(s): Joanna Shapiro MD & Wendy Stanyon RN

MBCT in East Toronto 19-101-04

Start: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Facilitator(s): Eva Hahler C.Psych & Leysa Cerswell Kielburger MA

MBCT in East Toronto 20-101-01

Start: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Facilitator(s): Gwen Morgan MSW RSW