Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an integration of mindfulness practices and cognitive behavioural techniques. Originally designed to prevent depressive relapse for people with recurrent depression and endorsed by the NHS, it has also been shown to be highly effective in treating other psychological issues such as anxiety and stress.
But what about the rest of the population who might also benefit from the transformative power of such a programme? Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Life (MBCT-L), built on the framework of the original MBCT programme, is designed to be relevant to all of us and aims to be of benefit to people across the spectrum of mental health and wellbeing.
Mindfulness for Life takes participants through a structured curriculum that promotes the cultivation of understanding, skills and attitudes that can really change things for people. The learning is largely experiential and is based on learning mindfulness both in ‘formal’ practices and in everyday life. The programme offers a new way to work with difficulties that we encounter in our lives but also a different way of relating to ourselves – a way that includes more appreciation, wisdom and compassion.
Over the 8 weeks you will learn how mindfulness can help you recognise when you become entangled in streams of self-criticism, worries and negative thinking, and learn tools to interrupt this process and make wise choices in the face of emotional struggles. You will learn how to respond rather than react, and figure out how you can best take care of yourself when feeling anxious, low or stressed.
Furthermore and unlike the original MBCT programme, the MBCT-L course also focuses on the cultivation of positive psychological and emotional states of being - which include the range of positive emotions (i.e. happiness), psychological states (i.e. contentment, optimism) and functions (i.e. the ability to regulate emotions in the face of challenging circumstances).
In a nutshell, not only does the course offer a different way of being that supports you to work with emotional distress, it also paves the way for you to savour life, realise your potential and flourish. The Mindfulness for Life course is the perfect way to find balance in your life and to transform into a happier you!
Boost your focus and attention
Improve your relationships
Manage pain and illness
Improve your sleep
Cope better with difficult or unhelpful thoughts
Lift and prevent low mood
Stop bad habits
Become more self-aware
Choose how to respond to your thoughts and feelings
Be kinder towards yourself
Improves your memory
Someone that's drinking a lot of alcohol or using drugs, as the home practices need your consciousness unimpaired
Someone that has no interest in learning about mindfulness and meditation
Someone that is in the midst of a big stressful life event
Someone that's very depressed and would struggle to find the motivation & energy to do the daily home practices
Someone that wants to become more self-aware of their thoughts and feelings
Someone that's keen to try out daily meditation (approx. 30 mins) and learn skills that will last a lifetime
Someone that wants to spend more time living in the present moment
Someone that's on a journey of self-love and self-care and wants to invest in their wellbeing
Natalie is so talented at what she does. I joined the course with little knowledge of the benefits of mindfulness and I'm pleased to say that I now know! As a business owner, I'm often consumed with work and anxiety, but thanks to this wonderful course I'm now more aware and better able to deal with these feelings. I'd recommend Natalie in a heart beat, she's so knowledgeable, calming and supportive.
To truly put into words how this course has benefited me is impossible. Natalie’s delivery of this course has a unique balance of both professional and personable in expertly guiding you throughout. After finishing the course I now practice daily meditation and act more mindfully in my day to day life. I truly cannot thank Nat and the benefits I have received from this course both throughout and after.
I found the sessions really welcoming, engaging, safe and non-judgemental. By the end of the course we'd all been on a real educational / mindful journey together and it felt like a big achievement reaching the end of the course. The course has helped me to reframe certain ways of thinking and I now have a whole host of different tools which I know I can use if I find myself feeling low or in stressful situations.
Natalie is very experienced and eloquent, yet human and natural in her delivery. The sessions were challenging but supportive and always thought provoking and useful. I achieved my goals of wanting to understand and implement mindfulness more readily into my daily life and work. I highly recommend taking advantage of Natalie's wealth of knowledge and skills.
Natalie was professional, lovely, warm and encouraging, and I really felt she cared for us. She also modelled compassion well by being with our experience and making us feel valued. I loved each session, and I achieved all my goals and more. I think it's a course worth investing in for anyone who wants to get to know themselves better and increase self awareness and compassion.
Mindfulness can be a wonderful tool for coping with the stressors of daily life and is a great way to improve your wellbeing.
It can help you find your balance in the here and now, as well as help you become more resilient so you're better equipped to deal with any future challenges too.
If you're not sure where to start, or would like some extra support with your mindfulness practice right now, then you can book a private 1:1 mindfulness session with me.