Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse


Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, By (author) Zindel V. Segal, By (author) J. Mark G. Williams, By (author) John D. Teasdale

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Hardback | 471 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 33mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 12 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1462507506
  • ISBN 13: 9781462507504
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 13,336

Product description

This bestselling work, now in a new edition, has introduced tens of thousands of clinicians to mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for depression, an eight-week program with proven effectiveness. Step by step, the authors explain the "whys" and "how-tos" of conducting mindfulness practices and cognitive interventions that have been shown to bolster recovery from depression and prevent relapse. Clinicians are also guided to practice mindfulness themselves, an essential prerequisite to teaching others. More than 40 reproducible handouts are included. Purchasers get access to a companion website featuring downloadable audio recordings of the guided mindfulness practices (meditations and mindful movement), plus all of the reproducibles, ready to download and print in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size. A separate website for use by clients features the audio recordings only. New to This Edition *Incorporates a decade's worth of developments in MBCT clinical practice and training. *Chapters on additional treatment components: the pre-course interview and optional full-day retreat. *Chapters on self-compassion, the inquiry process, and the three-minute breathing space. *Findings from multiple studies of MBCT's effectiveness and underlying mechanisms. Includes studies of adaptations for treating psychological and physical health problems other than depression. *Audio files of the guided mindfulness practices, narrated by Dr. Segal, on two separate Web pages--one for professionals, together with the reproducibles, and one just for clients. See also the authors' related titles for clients: The Mindful Way through Depression demonstrates these proven strategies in a self-help format, with in-depth stories and examples. The Mindful Way Workbook gives clients additional, explicit support for building their mindfulness practice, following the sequence of the MBCT program.

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Author information

Zindel V. Segal, PhD, is the Cameron Wilson Chair in Depression Studies and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Canada and is Head of the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Dr. Segal is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a long-time advocate for the relevance of mindfulness-based clinical care in psychiatry and mental health. J. Mark G. Williams, DPhil, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Wellcome Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK. He is also Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre in the University of Oxford's Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Williams 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. John D. Teasdale, PhD, formerly held a Special Scientific Appointment with the UK Medical Research Council's Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. Dr. Teasdale is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences. Since retiring, he has taught insight meditation internationally.

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MBCT is a major achievement. Based on a coherent body of experimental work, the treatment has proven its worth in reducing the recurrence of depression and, as a consequence, changing the future prospects of numerous people whose life is blighted by repeated episodes of this disabling condition. This second edition will be widely welcomed by practitioners; every chapter has been updated and numerous new practical aids have been added, including downloadable practice exercises and handouts. Thoroughly recommended." - David M. Clark, DPhil, University of Oxford, UK "Warmly written, accessible, and deeply insightful. This landmark book has played a key role in making mindfulness a central concern in clinical practice. The up-to-date second edition not only summarizes the extraordinary expansion of research evidence, but also is immensely practical and filled with clinical wisdom. Important, too, is its emphasis on compassion. A 'must' for all therapists interested in mindfulness." - Paul Gilbert, PhD,F BPsS, OBE, University of Derby, UK "This book has revolutionized not only the treatment of depression but the entire field of psychotherapy, bringing mindfulness practices into the treatment of many disorders and motivating an explosion of research. This second edition provides detailed guidelines for implementing the therapy that have been refined by a decade of experience. It also describes the growing mountain of evidence in favor of mindfulness-based interventions. A 'must have' for clinicians and researchers." - Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Yale University, Connecticut, USA "What began as a thoughtful new approach to treating depression over a decade ago has since changed the face of cognitive therapy. In this truly outstanding second edition, the authors offer crystal-clear instructions for teaching the MBCT program. Important new chapters have been added on embodying compassion and practicing inquiry in the teaching process. The authors review the impressive research on MBCT and offer reflections on how it actually works. Clinicians of all theoretical orientations and levels of experience will discover insights and practical skills that can have a vital impact on how they practice psychotherapy."- Christopher K. Germer, in private practice, Arlington, Massachusetts

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: The Challenge of Depression. Depression Casts a Long Shadow. Why Do People Who Have Recovered from Depression Relapse? Developing Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Doing and Being. Part II: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. The Eight-Session Program: How and Why. The Preclass Participant Interview. Awareness and Automatic Pilot: Session 1. Pausing for Reflection: Kindness and Self-Compassion in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Giving in Our Heads: Session 2. Gathering the Scattered Mind: Session 3. Recognizing Aversion: Session 4. Inquiring into Practice and Practicing Inquiry. Allowing/Letting Be: Session 5. Thought Are Not Facts: Session 6. A Day of Mindful Practice. "How Can I Best Take Care of Myself?": Session 7. Maintaining and Extending New Learning: Session 8. Reprise: The 3-Minute Breathing Space as the Spine of the Program. Part III: Evaluation and Dissemination. Does Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Work? How Does Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Achieve Its Effects? Moving the Program Off the Page and into the Clinic: Supports for Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Instructors and Their Patients. Epilogue.