This new edition of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Distinctive Features (MBCT) provides a concise, straightforward overview of MBCT, fully updated to include recent developments. The training process underpinning MBCT is based on mindfulness meditation practice and invites a new orientation towards internal experience as it arises - one that is characterised by acceptance and compassion. The approach supports a recognition that even though difficulty is an intrinsic part of life, it is possible to work with it in new ways.

The book provides a basis for understanding the key theoretical and practical features of MBCT and retains its accessible and easy-to-use format that made the first edition so popular, with 30 distinctive features that characterise the approach. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Distinctive Features will be essential reading for professionals and trainees in the field. It is an appealing read for both experienced practitioners and newcomers with an interest in MBCT.

part 1|88 pages

The Distinctive Theoretical Features of MBCT

chapter 4|3 pages

Modes of mind


chapter 5|6 pages

Modes of mind


chapter 6|4 pages

Automatic pilot and conscious awareness

chapter 7|4 pages

Thinking and sensing

chapter 9|5 pages

Reacting and responding to experience

Avoidance and approach

chapter 11|6 pages

Ways of approaching and welcoming what is

chapter 13|5 pages

Origins of mindfulness

chapter 15|10 pages

The MBCT evidence base

part 2|75 pages

The Distinctive Practical Features of MBCT

chapter 16|7 pages

Course content and structure

chapter 17|4 pages

Session themes

chapter 18|3 pages

Assessment and orientation

chapter 19|4 pages

Eating a raisin with awareness

chapter 20|4 pages

Body scan practice

chapter 21|5 pages

Mindful movement practice

chapter 22|4 pages

Sitting meditation practice

chapter 23|4 pages

The Three-Minute Breathing Space

chapter 24|4 pages

The importance of home practice

chapter 25|3 pages

Mindfulness practice in everyday life

chapter 26|4 pages

Pleasant and unpleasant experiences

chapter 27|6 pages

Cognitive behavioural curriculum elements

chapter 28|6 pages

Investigating experience

chapter 29|5 pages

The MBCT group learning environment

chapter 30|5 pages

Teaching through embodiment