The video prompted me to look into the question of this kind of psychotherapy, which, led me to an article featured on the National Health Executive website.
The article suggests:
Mindfulness practice for both patients and staff could save the Nhs money and reduce staff stress, according to the first government report to consider mindfulness as a matter of public policy.
The report talks about ‘mindfulness-based cognitive therapy’ (MBCT) for people suffering depression or chronic pain and suggests that it could save the Nhs £15 for every £1 spent.
What is MBCT?
In short, to paraphrase a study in the Clinical Psychology Review published on Science Direct website:
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a psychological therapy designed to help in preventing the relapse of depression, directed at individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD).
The therapy uses established cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tecnniques while adding newer psychological strategies such as mindfulness and mindfulness meditation.
CBT has been described by some as a ‘scam’, and a waste of time; although my own experience with the therapy is a great deal more positive. I found CBT to be very effective although I concede that the therapy doesn’t suit everyone. That said, coupling CBT with the practice of mindfulness and meditation could positively enhance the therapy’s effectiveness.