Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness Behavioral Therapy (MBCT) is a cross between cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness practices. 

How Can MBCT Help?

MBCT works by increasing your awareness of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. When you’re more aware of your negative thoughts and how they affect you, you’re better able to stop depression spirals. 

MBCT can be applied to a number of mental health conditions as part of an integrative approach to treatment. This therapy is not just helpful for mental health disorders, it can relieve symptoms of physical conditions as well. Some of those conditions include:

  • Chronic Depression
  • Chronic Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Epilepsy
  • Chronic Pain
  • Fibromyalgia

Mindfulness Exercises Used In MBCT

Mindfulness can be practiced and trained in many different ways. Deep breathing and stretching are the typical practices you’ll use during MBCT, but there are other ways to go about it. Each of these practices helps you focus on introspection and what you feel in the moment.


Deep breathing and moving through yoga poses increases mindfulness by focusing you on how your body feels. Yoga has also been known to bring people into a deeper meditative state.

Body Scanning

Body scanning is a meditative practice that involves deep breathing exercises and focusing on physical sensations within the present moment.

Mindful Stretching 

Not everyone is able to practice yoga. However, simple and mindful stretching and breathing is enough to increase your mindfulness.


Almost all of these techniques have some form of meditation included in them. Traditional meditation techniques including sound baths can also be used during MBCT.

What We Treat

If you are struggling with your mental health, substance abuse, or both, we are here to help you regain control over your life. Our inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs are designed to treat a wide variety of mental, behavioral, and co-occurring disorders in a comfortable setting.

Mental Health

We diagnose and treat a wide variety of mental health disorders, including trauma effects, dual diagnosis, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and codependency.


Substance use disorders we treat include addiction to alcohol, opiates, fentanyl and prescription opioids, methamphetamine and other stimulants, benzodiazepines, cannabis, and other psychoactive substances.

Other Behavioral Health Concerns

A mental health crisis can be layered and confusing. If you don’t see your disorder listed—or don’t know exactly why you are struggling—reach out to us to see how we can help. We treat each client at Sequoia on a personal level, and we’re ready to help you overcome whatever you may be facing.

Ready to Start Your Healing Journey?

Our experienced, compassionate team is here for you. Reach out to us today by calling us or scheduling a conversation at a time that works for you. All information will be kept private and confidential.

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