What Is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

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What is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on ideas of cognitive-behavioral therapy. It is rooted in recognizing how your thoughts influence your feelings and how your feelings influence your actions by way of practices rooted in mindfulness. These types of therapies can help you experience a new relationship with your thoughts and feelings that allow you to experience freedom from them rather than attachment to them.

What Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Treats

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is most commonly used in treating mood disorders, the most common being anxiety and depression.

This type of therapy empowers you to shift your relationship with anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Shifting your relationship with the mental illnesses you struggle with can lead to experiencing distance from harmful feelings, thoughts, and behaviors and keep you from feeling consumed by them.

How It Works

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy works by combining the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy with practices such as mindfulness, meditation, and intentional breathwork.

This combination of practices helps you learn to ground yourself in the present moment while being aware that you are not the sum total of your thoughts or emotions. Instead, you are the observer of them and, through tools gathered from therapy, you can regain control over them.

Cultivating Mindfulness

Mindfulness is not limited to therapy or a certain time throughout your day. It is a practice that can be translated to a way of life that allows you to cultivate safety in slowing down, being intentional, and feeling present to experience inner peace.

Although the practices and components of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy are best learned from a trained therapist, they are not limited to a therapy session. Learning how this modality can apply to you through therapy can help you integrate its teachings into your life to create more ease and freedom in your experience.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can help you make peace with your thoughts and emotions to experience healing and growth in your life and relationships. At Avalon Malibu, we recognize how this modality can help individuals move forward from experiences of anxiety, depression, substance use, and other mental health struggles. We value a holistic approach to therapy and offer cognitive-based cognitive therapies as part of customizable treatment plans. Our team of professionals is here to support you as you take strides in your healing. If you are ready to begin your journey, call Avalon Malibu today at (844) 857-5992.

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