In my mindfulness sessions I apply a blend of MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) and MBCT (mindfulness based cognitive therapy) using the Mindfulness NOW approach.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction:
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D, is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA.
He is well quoted and describes Mindfulness as "paying attention to the present moment, in a particular way, without judgement.”
Mindfulness, therefore, is simply being more aware of living in the present moment with an open, friendly awareness and more acceptance of what is happening in and around you.
Find out more about Jon Kabat-Zinn including his books and cds at:
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy:
Together with colleagues at Oxford University, Professor Mark Williams developed an approach to mindfulness which also incorporates cognitive therapy. This form of mindfulness is recommended by the UK's National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) specifically for the treatment depression relapse.
Find out more about Professor Mark Williams at The Oxford Mindfulness Centre at:
The Mindfulness Now Programme was developed by Nicolas Cooke D Psy. FAPHP MNCH (Acc) MICHT of The UK College of Mindfulness Meditation in Birmingham. The programme is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society.
'Mindfulness Now' blends both MBSR and MBCT into one cohesive programme for mental well-being.