Growing out of MBSR, MBCT was designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness. Research strongly suggests that this program is very effective in preventing depression relapse. MBCT is increasingly being used across a number of other stress-related conditions. It was developed by Professors Zindel Segal (Toronto), Mark Williams (Oxford) and John Teasdale (Cambridge).

In the MBCT program, participants meet together with an instructor for 8 weekly 2-hour classes plus one all-day session. The main work of the program is done at home between classes, using CDs with guided meditations that support participants’ developing practice outside of class. In each class, participants have an opportunity to talk about their experiences with the home practices, the obstacles that inevitably arise, and how to deal with them skilfully. Each class is organized around a theme that is explored through both group inquiry and mindfulness practice.

The specific themes addressed in the program are, Class 1: Automatic Pilot, Class 2: Dealing with Barriers, Class 3: Mindfulness of the Breath, Class 4: Staying Present, Class 5: Allowing and Letting Be, Class 6: Thoughts are Not Facts, Class 7: How Can I Best Take Care of Myself, Class 8: Using What’s Been Learned to Deal with Future Moods.

Over the eight weeks of the program, the practices help you:

  • to become familiar with the workings of your mind
  • to notice the times when you are at risk of getting caught in old habits of mind that re-activate downward mood spirals
  • to explore ways of releasing yourself from those old habits and, if you choose, enter a different way of being
  • to put you in touch with a different way of knowing yourself and the world
  • to notice small beauties and pleasures in the world around you instead of living in your head
  • to be kind to yourself instead of wishing things were different all the time, or driving yourself to meet impossible goals
  • to find a way so you don’t have to battle with yourself all the time
  • to accept yourself as you are, rather than judging yourself all the time.

Cape Town

MBCT in Cape Town, Facilitator: Matthew Watkin, Clinical Psychologist, Tel (021) 685 5775,

An Introduction to Mindfulness: Finding Peace
‘An Introduction to Mindfulness: Finding Peace’ is based on some of the practices from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) which have been adapted for non-clinical populations by Professor Mark Williams and Danny Penman. The 8 weekly, 90 minute experiential programme offers simple, effective meditation practices which, with daily practice can help to change the way one reacts to life’s daily anxieties, stress and unhappiness. With continued practice, this can lead to a more balanced, happier life.
Facilitator: Nikki Boyd (Registered Counsellor) Contact details: cell: 083 303 3598 email: or


MBCT in Stellenbosch, Facilitator: Sindi van Heerden (Educational Psychologist), Cell 072 422 8444;


MBCT in Parkhurst Johannesburg, Facilitator: Dr RJ Chippindall (Clinical Psychologist), Cell 074 998 1167,

Port Elizabeth

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Facilitator: Tracy McIntyre (Clinical Psychologist). Tel: 081 332 9749, email:, website: