MBCT Audio Files

Audio supplements, including guided meditations, stretching, body scans, breathing and more, for participants of the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group offered through the U-M Psychological Clinic. These files are available to download from this page (see the the arrow with a line below it on each file). They are also available for streaming directly from this page; offline streaming has been enabled, but ability to do so may depend on your device.

Body Scan

Increase awareness of physical sensations in each body region and practice focusing on sensation in the moment. Running time: 25 minutes, 35 seconds. 

Mindfulness of Breath, Sounds and Thoughts

Explore the interconnections of thoughts, feelings, sensations with the breath as an anchor for awareness. Running time: 17 minutes, 3 seconds.

3-Minute Breathing Space

Mindfulness of Breath

Learn to use the normal rhythms of breath to increase moment-to-moment awareness and to shift out of auto-pilot. Running time: 12 minutes, 42 seconds.

Mindful Focus on Adversity

Use breath and focused awareness to explore adverse thoughts and feelings. Running time: 16 minutes, 37 seconds.

Mindful Stretching

Focus on the mind-body connection through movement and stretching and breathing. Running time: 12 minutes, 18 seconds. 

What is MBCT?

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is a method of therapy used as treatment for people with depression as well as other mental health conditions. The Psych Clinic offers MBCT group sessions year-round.

In MBCT, participants learn how to view their thoughts without judgment. The approach uses both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to help participants interrupt negative thought patterns and to eventually reframe them. 

While the chemical and physical aspects of depression and other mental health disorders are far more complex than "just feeling down," current research supports a cognitive approach as a way to change patterns of brain functioning and build resilience in people struggling with chronic depression.

Dr. Todd Favorite, director of the University Psychological Clinic, noted that MBCT is a great mode of therapy to help address depression, especially for people who are susceptible to relapse. 

To learn more about ongoing groups, contact the Psych Clinic.