West Essex TSA

Mindfulness-based CBT Programme: Mar-May 2021

An 8 week programme every Monday for 2 hours which focuses on reflective and mindful practice for adults with

Dr Vidarshi Karunaratne, BSc(Hons), MBChB, PhD, FRCOphth,

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapist

Dates, Times & Venue: 

8 Monday evenings from 4 to 6pm at Alderton Junior School, IG10 3HE:

8th, 15th, 22nd March; 

12th, 19th, 26th April;

10th & 17th May

One full day silent retreat- venue to be confirmed.

 Cost: £330 pp for the full programme

MBCT combines techniques like meditation and mindful movement with elements from cognitive behaviour therapy. Mark Williams' website on MBCT contains an excellent summary on mindfulness, it's effects, as well as a summary of the MBCT program (https://mbct.co.uk/).

MBCT addresses the negative effects of stress and trauma.

The practices can help reduce the physiological effects of the stress response, not just in the short term, but in the long term by changing our perception of our lives and how we approach our lives. It can help develop the internal teddy bear, allow individuals to regain a  state of flow if disturbed and remain in that state. It can  increase the window of tolerance and help us respond rather than react automatically to what occurs in our lives, help develop a  greater sense of calm and equanimity, an increased sense of compassion towards themselves and others.

 Over the last few years, there has been an exponential rise in scientific research and publications on a form of psychological intervention or training known as mindfulness. Mindfulness is now considered to be a  well-research, non-religious and effective means to help alleviate stress, depression and anxiety.  In 2016, the ever increasing interest in the subject  prompted the UK Government to publish a report "The All-Party Parliamentary Group Mindful Nation UK Report. " This report summarizes some of the scientific evidence supporting mindfulness based practices and makes a series of recommendations including the introduction of mindfulness based interventions in the areas of health, education, the workplace and in the criminal justice system.