Imagine an 8-week program that can help you overcome depression, anxiety, and stress--by simply learning new ways to respond to your own thoughts and feelings. That program is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and it has been tested and proven effective in clinical trials throughout the world. Now you can get the benefits of MBCT any time, any place, by working through this carefully constructed book. The expert authors introduce specific mindfulness practices to try each week, plus reflection questions, tools for keeping track of progress, and helpful comments from others going through the program. Like a trusted map, this book guides you step by step along the path of change.
Guided meditations are provided on the accompanying MP3 CD and are also available as audio downloads. Note: The MP3 CD can be played on CD players (only those marked "MP3-enabled") as well as on most computers.
See also the authors' The Mindful Way through Depression, which demonstrates these proven strategies with in-depth stories and examples. Plus, mental health professionals, see also the authors' bestselling therapy guide: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Second Edition.
Winner (Second Place)--American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, Consumer Health Category
John Teasdale, PhD, held a Special Scientific Appointment with the United Kingdom Medical Research Council's Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, England. He is a founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He also is a recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award from Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. Since retiring, he has taught insight meditation internationally.
Mark Williams, DPhil, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Wellcome Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He also is Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre in the University of Oxford's Department of Psychiatry. He is a founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, and the Association for Psychological Science.
Zindel Segal, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto-Scarborough and Senior Scientist in the Campbell Family Research Institute at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is a founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and advocates for the relevance of mindfulness-based clinical care in psychiatry and mental health.
Foreword, Jon Kabat-Zinn
2. Depression, Unhappiness, and Emotional Distress: Why Do We Get Stuck?
3. Doing, Being, and Mindfulness
4. Getting Ready
II. The Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Program
5. Week 1. Beyond Automatic Pilot
6. Week 2. Another Way of Knowing
7. Week 3. Coming Home to the Present--Gathering the Scattered Mind
8. Week 4. Recognizing Aversion
9. Week 5. Allowing Things to Be as They Already Are
10. Week 6. Seeing Thoughts as Thoughts
11. Week 7. Kindness in Action
12. Week 8: What Now?
List of Audio Files