U-M Psych Clinic MBCT Group

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Program

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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an eight-week program in which participants meet in a group setting to learn cognitive behavioral techniques and mindfulness exercises designed to increase nonjudgmental, moment-to-moment awareness of bodily sensations, thoughts, and emotions. Participants use mindfulness to develop a new understanding and relationship with emotional and situational experiences, through using curiosity, acceptance, and compassion.

The next session is set for May 10, 2018. Referrals are welcome. Call us at (734) 764-3471 to begin the screening process.

If you’d like to share the information, the group flyer is available as a print-ready PDF:

May 2018 MBCT Group at U-M Psychological Clinic (PDF)

More Details about MBCT Group

MBCT was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale for people who have experienced mood difficulties and emotional stress. Even when these experiences are temporary, a link develops between negative moods and negative thoughts that is easily re-activated. Maintaining improvement from low mood and/or depression often depends on keeping mild mood states from spiraling into depression.

MBCT helps us learn to recognize these linkages and approach them through experiencing them directly and in a moment-by-moment manner. Mindfulness meditation is a skill developed through practice. It helps us manage these difficulties more effectively.

MBCT combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditation practices of mindfulness. Small group MBCT focuses on becoming aware of the different modes of our mind associated with mood, and learning to develop a new understanding and relationship to them.

  1. Mindfulness helps the clients discover their own thought and mood patterns.
  2. Mindfulness helps the client learn how to be present and appreciate the small pleasures in everyday life.
  3. Mindfulness teaches the client how to stop the downward spiral that can emerge from a bad mood or thinking about painful memories.
  4. Mindfulness allows the client to “shift gears” from their present state of mind to one which is more aware, more balanced, and less judgmental.
  5. Mindfulness gives the client access to another approach to dealing with difficult emotions and moods (MBCT.com – opens in new tab).

Compared to other evidence-based treatments, MBCT is relatively new; however, it has demonstrated effectiveness across many populations in randomized clinical outcome studies (Haydicky, Carly, Wiener, & Ducharme, 2015; Kishita, Takei, & Stewart, 2016; Kuyken et al., 2008; Schroevers, Tovote, Snippe, & Fleer, 2016; Teasdale et al., 2000).

MBCT Program Commitments

  • One individual, initial evaluation for screening and orientation meeting; and a 1.5 hour group session each week for 8 weeks (most insurance coverage accepted; please contact for more specific information).
  • Commitment to attending eight weeks of group sessions.
  • Commitment to 20-30 minutes of daily practice at home during the program (links to audio tracks on the University Psychological Clinic website will be provided).

The MBCT groups at the University Psychological Clinic are led by Todd K. Favorite, Ph.D., ABPP, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Rackham Graduate School, and a board certified clinical psychologist. Dr. Favorite completed intensive training in MBCT under the guidance of one of the program’s developers, Dr. Zindel Segal, and Susan Woods, LMSW.

The University Psychological Clinic can be reached at (734) 764-3471.