Use Mindfulness to Recover From Depression | Being Well Podcast, Dr. Zindel Segal

On today’s episode of , Dr. Zindel Segal joins @Rick Hanson and I to talk about Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (), an eight-week group therapy program designed to help those who suffer with chronic unhappiness and prevent relapse after episodes of severe clinical depression.

About our Guest: Dr. Segal is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, and one of the creators of . He specializes in mood disorders, particularly depression, and has had an enormous influence on the clinical adoption of mindfulness-based practices and their addition to more traditional forms of cognitive therapy.

Key Topics:
0:00 Introduction
1:50 Origins of MBCT
4:30 Why Segal prioritized studying mindfulness as an intervention to depression
7:20 Comparing MBCT with traditional CBT
10:40 What about depression makes us more reactive to thoughts and feelings?
13:45 Mindfulness of sadness vs direct experience
19:20 MBCT practices explained
24:30 Three minute breathing space exercise
32:30 Attentional control training
35:20 Managing feelings of inadequacy
39:55 Motivation and implicit compassion
44:10 Ongoing practices after the MBCT course
46:50 Creating access to mindfulness resources
48:15 Recap

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