Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm from July 10 to September 11
WHO: Adults 18+ with depressive and Anxiety Disorders
Class Size: 5-8 participants
Cost: $60/session for 10 sessions, includes book & full-day retreat August 24
Insurance: Documentation provided to file for out-of-network reimbursement
Status: enroll now. Registration deadline July 3
Information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Adults and teens 18+ years with depressive and anxiety disorders are invited to participate in the 10-week Mindful Way. Participants with all levels of meditation experience — from beginner to experienced — benefit from MBCT.
This research-based class combines the power of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness meditation to reduce the risk of recurrent major depression, decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety and teach participants to managing intrusive negative thoughts.
Previous participants in The Mindful Way have reported life-changing impacts on their depression and anxiety symptoms following this course. Stated improvements include:
Being able to “notice when things are going sideways” and being able to do something about it to come back
Learning about “who I am” and finding self-acceptance
Becoming more aware of depressive and anxiety patterns which leas to better symptom management
Better understanding of thoughts and feelings
Living in the moment more which leads to a vastly improved quality of life
WHO IS AT RISK?
Major depression will affect approximately one in five people in their lifetimes. At least 50% of those who recover from a first episode of depression will have one or more additional episodes in their lifetime. About 80% of those who have had two episodes will have another recurrence.
Anxiety disorders affect 18% of the U.S. population. People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
WHO WILL BENEFIT?
Those who have suffered from recurrent depression or have major depression currently
Those who have been advised to remain on antidepressant medication for the rest of their life to prevent a recurrence
Those plagued by anxiety
Those interested in learning a new way of relating to unwanted thoughts and feelings
Those who want to learn powerful new tools to manage thoughts, emotions and pain
HOW WILL YOU BENEFIT?
Many factors affect who is at risk for developing clinically significant levels of depression and anxiety. These include genetics, biology, environmental factors and cognitive habits such as intrusive negative thoughts. Of these, ruminating on negative thoughts is the only factor at risk individuals can effectively change with intention and practice. Negative thought patterns include:
~ intrusive negative thoughts
~ racing thoughts
~ assuming the worst
~ worry thoughts
~ obsessing about the past
~ judging or blaming yourself and others
~ excessive guilt
~ thinking you’re not good enough, not lovable, not worthy
~ focusing on what should be instead of what is
~ seeing the negatives in your life rather than the positives
ABOUT THE CLASS
This proven approach combines the powerful benefits of guided meditation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). As part of the class, you will:
Attend one 2 -hour class per week for 10 weeks plus an all-day Saturday retreat between the 6th & 7th classes
In class learning takes place through practicing meditation, guided discussion and experiential exercises. .
Home practice is necessary to develop new habits of thinking. Ideally, participants will spend an estimated 20-30 minutes per day, 6 days/week doing guided meditation, reading and thought records
Participants are asked to read The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself From Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn.
With insight, compassion and directness, Sandra Miller, MSW, LCSW, will lead the adult Mindful Way group. She has practiced insight meditation and contemplative prayer since 1981. She started teaching mindfulness in 2012 and has led MBCT groups since 2016. In addition to MBCT, she uses other mindfulness-based therapies with clients, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In a new effort, Sandra leads mindfulness classes at local churches.
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Registration is first come, first served. To register, complete the MBCT Registration Form and email it to Sandra Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will not be considered to be registered until the registration form is received. Bring the Depression and Anxiety History Form with you to the first class.