Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is psychological therapy which blends features of cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on changing thoughts in order to change behaviors, with the meditative mindfulness techniques of Buddhism, which involves the process of identifying thoughts on a moment to moment basis.

The aim of MBCT is not directly to relaxation or happiness in themselves, but rather, a "freedom from the tendency to get drawn into automatic reactions to thoughts, feelings, and events". MBCT programs usually consist of eight weekly two-hour classes with weekly assignments to be done outside of session. The aim of the program is to enhance awareness so clients are able to respond to things instead of react to them.