Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
for patients with Long Term Conditions
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness means paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment in the mind, body and external environment, with an attitude of curiosity and kindness. It is typically cultivated by a range of simple meditation practices, which aim to bring a greater awareness of thinking, feeling and behaviour patterns, and to develop the capacity to manage these with greater skill and compassion. This is found to lead to an expansion of choice and capacity in how to meet and respond to life’s challenges, and therefore live with greater wellbeing, mental clarity and care for yourself and others (Mindful Nation UK)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive therapy (MBCT) is an integration of Mindfulness meditation practices and the modern Cognitive therapy.
Since 2004, NICE has recommended MBCT for treatment for Recurrent Depression.
Mindfulness Based Interventions (e.g. MBCT) have now been well researched for its benefits in a number of areas. There is good evidence that Mindfulness based interventions can help people living with Long Term Conditions e.g. Chronic Pains, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Blood Pressure, Diabetes, IBS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson Disease amongst others.
Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group (October 2015) recommended that patients with Long Term Health conditions and that have a history of recurrent depression should have access to Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
We are very pleased that Sutton IAPT Uplift is one of the very few IAPTs in the UK who started offering MBCT specifically targeted for those living with Long Term Health Conditions. All of our patients who completed the course said they
would recommend it to others. Here are some of the feedbacks from our patients:
“The MBCT has given me tools that I feel I can rely on to take control when things turn sour. I have achieved a sense of calm at times during meditation that has started to filter through to other areas of my life giving me confidence to carry on with mindfulness practice”.
"The course has given me increased sense of well being, less judgemental towards myself, and less fearful of failure”
“Accepting that I will always be in pain but can still try and have a better quality of life”.
“I can do things again and help myself”