Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Is it Still Effective?


Insomnia. Depression. Bipolar. Substance abuse. Anxiety. Mental illnesses of many kinds are positively influenced by the practice of cognitive behavioral therapy. Even issues like chronic pain and cancer find symptoms alleviated through cognitive behavioral therapy. Seeking a hybrid of cognitive behavioral therapy with mindfulness based practices was always responded to with the notion that CBT is inherently mindful.

Some patients need more than vague connections to the power of mindfulness. Enter mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy. MBCT seeks to help those who are suffering from an unending cycle of clinical depression, but can be applied to most of the same ailments normal CBT addresses. People suffering from “chronic unhappiness” can also benefit from MBCT. Combining the cognitive practices of CBT, MBCT offers the best tools provided by CBT while also cultivating mindfulness.

MBCT focuses in part on the relationship between mood and thought. Mood can trigger thought and vice versa. Without the knowledge or skill sets necessary for manageability, the wrong mood or trigger can set off a domino effect of negative thinking and negative feeling. CBT has always looked at how thoughts influence behaviors. MBCT takes a mindful approach to assessing the triggers contributing to harmful patterns.


Substance abuse is not the only relapsing mental illness. Depression too can have a relapse story. Psychiatryadvisor writes that in major depressive disorder, at least half of people who go through depression in their life will experience it again through a relapse. Recurring depressive episodes increases the risk of suicide twenty-fold.

A recent study showed that MBCT had a significant effect in reducing relapse in patients over the course of sixty weeks, compared to patients receiving other kinds of therapies. In the treatment of mental health, relapse prevention is imperative. Cognitive behavioral therapy is widely renown for good cause. Science is ever proving the numerous health benefits of practicing mindfulness. It is of little surprise that these two treatments together have an effect so profound.

Refuge Recovery seamlessly combines evidence based treatment like CBT with the ethics of Buddhist philosophy to create a holistic healing and alternative approach to treatment. We welcome anyone in need of treating their suffering. Call us today for more information 323-207-0276.

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