Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Essentially, this therapy is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) being implemented from a trauma-informed or “trauma-sensitive” perspective. The reason this is important is that if a mindfulness teacher (for basic mindfulness exercises) or a therapist utilized MBCT was not trauma-informed, they may not be able to help a person with the pitfalls of trauma-memory induced panic attacks or intrusive thoughts that may arise during mindfulness-based exercises. It is also important that an MBCT therapist and mindfulness exercise facilitator understand that “avoidance” of traumatic material could cause symptoms to worsen.
MBCT is an empirically validated intervention, based on a melding of cognitive behavioral therapy principles and Eastern mindfulness practices. Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale modified Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program for psychiatric treatment and developed what is now known as MBCT. According to their book “The Mindful Way Through Depression,” MBCT was originally developed to treat recurrent depression and reducing the vulnerability of future relapses into depressive episodes. MBCT has also been shown to improve symptoms of depression in some people with physical health conditions, such as vascular disease and traumatic brain injury.
Recently, adaptations for survivors of trauma have shown support for significantly reducing trauma-related symptoms. One reason this may be is that MBCT activities if utilized correctly and repetitively can actually strengthen the brain’s ability to withstand stressful situations and symptoms, while other mindfulness-based activities can help create new neural pathways that foster resilience in thoughts and behavior.
MBCT was originally developed as an 8-week group program, but can also be taught in a one-on-one therapeutic setting. As an 8-week program in a group setting, participants learn cognitive behavioral techniques alongside mindfulness exercises designed to increase nonjudgmental, moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations. Participants use mindfulness exercises to promote new ways of relating to internal (mind-body experiences) and current situational occurrences using curiosity, acceptance, and compassion.
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