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 5

Information:  Email sUNYATA@stldbt.com



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


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.


  • 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


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


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 playfulness and special insight into mind/body healing, Sunyata Kopriva, RYT, MSW, LCSW, will lead the group. Sunyata is a fully licensed trauma therapist and yoga teacher. She has practiced various types of meditation and prayer since her teen years, and is now a dedicated student of Vajrayana Buddhism and yoga. Her classes are creative, fun, and thoughtful.

To learn more, email sunyata@stldbt.com.


Registration is first come, first served. To register, complete the MBCT Registration Form and email it to Sunyata Kopriva at sunyata@stldbt.com. 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.

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