There is a type of therapy in which cognitive behavior therapy is combined with the power of meditation, this therapy incorporates (CBT) with mindfulness training, and meditation. This therapy is called mindfulness-based cognitive therapy or (MBCT), which is utilized to decrease chances of reoccurrence of depression, with a focus on people living with major depressive disorder. MBCT can be used to treat people who may be predisposed to a reoccurrence of becoming depressed.
In MBCT people learn and develop understanding of thoughts, strategies to deal with reoccurring problematic thoughts. Specifically people are taught methods of not dwelling on problematic thoughts and moving on to different thoughts. One of the methods used is to teach the development of mindfulness and the ability to meditate. Meditation, and mindfulness are used to help develop understanding of inbound cognitions, and emotions while at the same time understanding that one does not have to respond or even accept them. MBCT typically lasts for about two months, and is usually delivered in a group setting. The eight sessions occur once a week and are two hours in length. MBCT participants have to do much of the work out of the therapy setting in terms of practicing meditation, and developing mindfulness skills. Practitioners of MBCT should have explicit development in MBCT. This therapy has been demonstrated to be relatively inexpensive because it is delivered in a group format but participants must be dedicated to the therapy and engage fully.
MBCT helps people decrease the occurrence problematic thoughts that occur on a regular basis while at the same time developing the ability to understand that when problematic thoughts do occur that these thoughts do not have to be assigned feelings, or conclusions. Meditation and mindfulness are the vehicles through which MBCT participants develop the ability to accept thoughts and not respond to them. This type of therapy has been demonstrated to decrease reoccurrence of depression in people who have suffered multiple bouts of depression. MBCT has also been used to treat people living with addiction. It has been specifically demonstrated to help people decrease smoking even when some people did not desire to quit. The power of meditation and mindfulness has made the cross from alternative to mainstream treatment of human problems.