MINDFULNESS BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY (MBCT), is an 8-week, group mindfulness skills training program based on the research of Drs. Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale designed and show to prevent depression relapse. Research has also demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness practice for mood disorders, anxiety and stress. The program is an outgrowth of MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, with a focus on the unique challenges of mind that come with recurrent depression and mood disturbance. Rather than trying to change or push away distressing events and inner experiences, we learn to see them clearly, bringing an open curiosity to our experience. By inviting a deeper understanding of these mind processes, we can develop a more accepting, compassionate relationship to the suffering we experience in life.
The MBCT program involves weekly, 2-hour group sessions and a one-day retreat session held on a weekend day. Unlike other group therapies that focus on talking about depression, MBCT is more educationally based. Sessions involve practice of specific mindfulness skills (e.g., mindful body scan, sitting meditation, mindful movement, etc.), discussion of our experience with these practices as well as education about depression and stress. Home practice is a centerpiece to the program, so participants can expect to be working with these skills between sessions.
CURRENT WORKSHOP OFFERING
The workshop will meet Tuesday Evenings, for 8 weeks: April 19th through June 7th, 2016, from 6:30-8:30pm. All day retreat on Sunday, May 22nd. Class is limited to 8 people.
The fee for the 8-week program is $600. Insurance coverage may be available. Tuition includes a program workbook and audio downloads of mindfulness exercises. If you are interested in participating in the group, please contact Dr. Egert for an intake interview and registration at: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT DR. EGERT
Jennifer Egert, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City. A graduate of Duke University's Clinical Psychology doctoral program (1999), she trained in mind-body approaches to managing health and emotional difficulties. She began her own personal study and mindfulness practice in 2002, exploring the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, G.I. Gurdjieff, Thich Nhat Hanh and others. She has trained as an MBCT and MBSR teacher as well with other mindfulness-based psychotherapies (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy) and is actively engaged with MBSR teachers in the NYC area as part of the Mindfulness Meditation Collaborative (www.mindfulnessmeditationnyc.com). Over the years of practicing mindfulness in her own life as well as teaching a mindful perspective and mindfulness meditation at the Manhattan VA hospital, Montefiore and in private practice, she has come to understand personally and professionally the power of mindfulness practice in helping people find a sense of acceptance, compassion, and a wholeness that facilitates full living. For further information, see www.jenniferegert.com.