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I have tried many therapies in the past – including standard cognitive therapy – which I found helpful to an extent. I have also tried yoga and other meditation courses. However, yours is the only course that I have done which has offered me such an insightful and effective way forward. I think that the professional and rigorous way in which you approach your teaching is extraordinary and inspirational!...

quotation marks Best course I’ve ever done! When I started MBCT I was severely depressed. Medication lifted me out of a hole but MBCT has given a reinvigorated perspective on my life, the illness and now to cope with difficulties that come my way. Susann is a truly wonderful teacher – I’m so glad and happy that I embraced this...

quotation marks A massive thank you to Susann! Throughout the whole course and I’m sure into the future Susann has felt more like a friend than a teacher; never once did I doubt her support or commitment to helping us. It truly made a difference to my motivation and what I managed to draw from this experience...

quotation marks Brilliant – loved every minute! I liked how it builds over time, to learn the foundations first, then to graduate to develop our own plan... Susann is a very powerful presenter and I found the experience very structured with a defined start and finish...

quotation marks I just wanted to extend a personal thank you to you for the fabulous course, your great teaching and also for taking the time to follow up with me out of the course. It has been a really great learning experience for me and I look forward to continue my practice...

quotation marks Thank you Susann for your energy and your humanity! I liked the clear and concise teaching; it was well structured, friendly and inclusive – a professional course and considerate training. The fact that this was introduced as training rather than therapy hit the spot!
Do it – you’ll never regret it!...

quotation marks Susann has given me my life back! After being dogged with depression for over a decade, I finally have the tools to prevent myself from shipping into the downward spirals that have taken over so much of my life. I am now calmer, happier and optimistic that the future will be very different...

quotation marks This course was so good because of Susann, she makes the course what it is, her knowledge and understanding of the subject are amazing and she really translates it into a way you can understand...

quotation marks Thank you very much Susann! You’ve always been very encouraging but kind – but not too kind that we can get away with not meditating! Always remember – that this is serious, not a joke! I learnt that I need to keep trying and trying; I also learnt to be kind to myself. My life is definitely getting better... not the life itself, but how I relate to my experience made me feel that my life has got better even though it has been quite the same really!...

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Jon, Saki & Susann

Susann Herrmann

Susann Herrmann, Dipl. Psych. (MA)
Co-Founder of London Meditation
trained by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli

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The focus of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy is teaching clients how to make a simple yet radical shift in their relationship to the thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations.
Developed by leading scientist-practitioners, and solidly grounded in current psychological research, the approach integrates cognitive therapy principles and practice into a mindfulness framework.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD


MBCT offers a provocative, sophisticated combination of Eastern and Western approaches to psychological well-being.
Aaron T. Beck, MD


... the new, increasingly popular course called Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) – which primarily consists of meditation ... is currently available in every county across the UK, and is recommended by the NHS ...
BBC Two, 31 March 08
Alternative Therapies


London Meditation Community

London Meditation Community

London Meditation Community

London Meditation Community

London Meditation: MBCT Group

London Meditation: MBCT Group

London Meditation Community

OnlineLIVE

MBCT
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy

Rather than meeting in person, participants engage with the facilitator and interact with one another through their computers for the session.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness practice helps us to see more clearly the patterns of the mind and teaches us to stay in the present moment, rather than reliving the past or pre-living the future. You learn in the first place just to be conscious and accept whatever is there. Acceptance means seeing things as they actually are in the present. We cultivate acceptance by taking each moment as it comes and being with it fully, as it is! And by this acceptance you will see that changing happen by itself.

What is MBCT?

It combines a form of Eastern meditation with elements of Cognitive Therapy in an eight session programme.

It was developed by Prof. Mark Williams (Oxford), John Teasdale (Oxford/Cambridge) and Zindel Segal (Toronto) for people who have been repeatedly depressed to help them stay well.

It is closely based on Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction programme (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, which has been found to produce significant change in participants’ ability to deal with chronic pain, anxiety and stress.

Content of the MBCT eight session programme
  • Awareness and automatic pilot
  • Living in our heads
  • Gathering the scattered mind
  • Recognizing aversion
  • Allowing / letting be
  • Thoughts are not facts
  • "How can I best take care of myself?"
  • Maintaining and extending new learning
How does MBCT work?

By practising in sessions, and by listening to guided meditations at home during the week, you learn the practice of mindfulness meditation.

Practices such as the Body Scan, Breathing meditation, and simple Yoga exercises that allow you to come in touch with moment-to-moment changes in the mind and the body and foster a new, ’de-centred’ perspective to your thoughts and feelings.

The sessions include basic education about mental health issues, plus exercises from cognitive therapy that show the links between thinking and feeling and how you can look after yourself.

MBCT is challenging and life-affirming. Participating requires an ongoing commitment to yourself (home assignments).

What do you learn?
  • 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
Your Therapist

Susann Herrmann, CPsychol./OccupPsychol. (MA)

  • Trained by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
    • Founder and former Director of the Stress Reduction Clinic,
    • former Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness
    • and Professor of Medicine, Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Saki Santorelli, Ph.D.
    • Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness,
    • Director of the Stress Reduction Clinic
    • and Assistant. Professor of Medicine, Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Mark Williams, Prof.
    • Professor of Clinical Psychology and Wellcome Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford,
    • has held previous posts at the Medical Research Council Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge and the University of Wales, Bangor,
    • Co-Developer of the MBCT Programme
    • and Co-Author of ’The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness’
  • and by John Teasdale, Ph.D.
    • Research scientist, University of Oxford and Cambridge,
    • one of the pioneers of cognitive therapy research in UK,
    • Co-Developer of the MBCT Programme
    • and Co-Author of ’The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness’
    in MBSR / Mind-Body-Medicine and in MBCT.
  • Graduated from the Teacher Development Intensive in MBSR
    and the Intensive Residential MBSR Practicum

    • both led by Melissa Blacker (MA) and Florence Meleo-Meyer (MS, MA)
      Senior Teachers and Co-Directors of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction professional training and education programs at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Technology Requirements

We will meet live on an interactive video platform called Zoom.

To ensure the best possible experience for you, the sessions rely on video conferencing, which does have some minimum requirements in order to work properly. This includes having a computer with speakers, a microphone, video capabilities, and a high-speed internet connection.

During group sessions, Zoom offers not only the possibility to meet with the whole group, but also for small break-out groups, which is an important part of our training.

MBCT OnlineLIVE group course
  • Dates for summer course: Wednesdays
    Aug 30, Sep 06, Sep 13, Sep 20, Sep 27, Oct 04, Oct 11, Oct 18

    plus an ’all-day’ retreat Sat Oct 07 (10.00am - 5.00pm BST)
    Please note the all-day retreat also takes place online.

    Time: Wed 7 - 9pm BST (London) – the first session will be 30min longer
    If you are in a different time zone,
    please use a time zone converter to determine your local time.

    Cost: £ 295 including handouts & guided meditations.
    Location: OnlineLIVE

    For testimonials click here.

  • Dates for autumn course: Wednesdays
    Oct 25, Nov 01, Nov 08, Nov 15, Nov 22, Nov 29, Dec 06, Dec 13

    plus an ’all-day’ retreat Sun Dec 03 (10.00am - 5.00pm GMT)
    Please note the all-day retreat also takes place online.

    Time: Wed 7 - 9pm (London) – the first session will be 30min longer
    If you are in a different time zone,
    please use a time zone converter to determine your local time.

    Cost: £ 295 including handouts & guided meditations.
    Location: OnlineLIVE

    For testimonials click here.

MBCT OnlineLIVE One-to-One programme

Contract: 10 sessions of 90 minutes each
Cost: £ 1,500 including handouts & guided meditations.
Location: OnlineLIVE

For further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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If you have any questions please call 020 3137 1358 or send an email.