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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Distinctive Features

By Rebecca Crane, Rebecca Crane

© 2009 – Routledge

200 pages

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About the Book

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is increasingly used in therapeutic practice. It encourages clients to process experience without judgement as it arises, helping them to change their relationship with challenging thoughts and feelings, and accept that, even though difficult things may happen, it is possible to work with these in new ways.

This book provides a basis for understanding the key theoretical and practical features of MBCT. Focusing on a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy programme that is offered in a group context to those who are vulnerable to depressive relapses, the text is divided into 30 distinctive features that characterise the approach.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Distinctive Features provides a concise, straightforward summary for professionals and trainees in the field. Its easy-to-use format will appeal to both experienced practitioners and newcomers with an interest in MBCT.


"A clear account of what MBCT is, both in its theoretical perspectives and its actual practices. Written in accessible language, it is an extraordinary achievement that will be highly valued by both participants in mindfulness classes and their teachers."Mark Williams, from the Foreword

"This fascinating book lays out, concisely, the distinctive features of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and explains fully and clearly the key theoretical and practical features of the approach… Rarely has a book encouraged me to believe that everyone could benefit by reading it and many more by practising what it describes… I constantly found myself jotting down phrases and concepts that I would like to share with the world – or at least my clients and family!" - Kathy Sleigh, Healthcare Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal, Vol. 9 No. 2, April 2009

"This is a book of great value, as a reference work and a text to be read straight through, for beginning and more advanced practitioners in MBCT and others seeking an understanding of the area, and it comes highly recommended." – Jane Hutton, Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 39, 2011

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Williams, Foreword. Introduction. Part I: The Distinctive Theoretical Features of MBCT. An Integration of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Underpinned by the Cognitive Theory of Vulnerability to Depression. Learning Skills to Reduce the Risk of Depressive Relapse. The Significance of Automatic Pilot. Modes of Mind: "Doing". Doing Mode in Action: The Effects of Rumination. Doing Mode in Action: The Effects of Experiential Avoidance. Reacting and Responding to Experience: Avoidance and Approach. Modes of Mind: "Being". Body Sensations – A Door into the Present. Ways of Approaching and Welcoming What Is. Developing a New Relationship with Experience. Awareness as a Container of Our Experience. Working with General and Specific Vulnerability. The MBCT Evidence Base. Part II: The Distinctive Practical Features of MBCT. Course Content and Structure. Session Themes. Assessment and Orientation. Eating a Raisin with Awareness. Body Scan Practice. Mindful Movement Practice. Sitting Meditation Practice. Three Minute Breathing Space. The Importance of Home Practice. Mindfulness Practice in Everyday Life. Pleasant and Unpleasant Events. Cognitive Behavioural Curriculum Elements. Investigating Experience. The MBCT Learning Environment. Teaching Through Embodiment.

About the Authors

Rebecca Crane is an MBCT teacher and trainer and a Research Fellow within the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, School of Psychology, Bangor University, UK.

About the Series

CBT Distinctive Features

This exciting new series asks leading practitioners and theorists of the main CBT therapies to write simply and briefly on what constitutes the main features of their particular approach.

Each Distinctive Features book will highlight the thirty main features – practical and theoretical – of its respective approach. The series as a whole will be essential reading for psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical and counselling psychologists of all orientations who wish to learn more about the range of new and developing cognitive-behavioural approaches.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology