How is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) delivered in the treatment of major depressive disorder (clinical depression)?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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MBCT is a structured program that includes eight weekly, 2-hour group sessions. Patients are assigned homework on a daily basis. Homework consists of awareness exercises designed to help patients improve “…moment-by-moment nonjudgmental awareness of bodily sensations, thoughts, and feelings, together with exercises designed to integrate application of awareness skills into daily life.” [139] This includes awareness and acceptance of uncomfortable feelings and sensations rather than efforts to avoid contact with such experiences. Patients are encouraged to incorporate mindfulness into their daily activities as well as to practice specific mindfulness exercises.


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