Services - CTAD
Centre for Treatment of Anxiety and Depression (CTAD) specialises in providing a range of individual cognitive-behaviour therapy interventions as well as group mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for relapse prevention.
Cognitive behaviour therapy here includes all time-limited, scientifically-proven psychological therapies that focus on teaching skills to correct the effects that thinking patterns have on emotions and behaviour.
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an approach designed to prevent relapses of recurrent Major Depressive Disorder. In our clinic, we have adapted the model to include similar strategies for Generalised Anxiety Disorder which has not fully responded to CBT or medication as this condition is also maintained by ruminative thought processes.
This treatment is taught in a series of 2.5 hour classes over 8 weeks with around 12-14 participants. There is an important focus on the daily 40 minute meditation home practice using guided recordings.
MBCT teaches people how to live more in the present moment with full attention, friendly interest and in a non-judgementally accepting way. This helps people with recurrent depression observe their thoughts and feelings and disengage gently but deliberately from them. It also helps reduce harsh self-criticism, cultivating self- compassion as an alternative.
In this way, difficulties experienced are seen more clearly and can be worked with skilfully. Cognitive therapy strategies are woven in as part of this planned skilful approach to deal with the emergence of any negative mind states, overwhelming worry and depressive symptoms to prevent full-blown relapses.
Once a referral is received, we organise a pre-course intake with one of our MBCT teachers to ensure this is the right treatment at the right time. After the course is complete, there is another individual post-course follow up interview, with the ongoing option of attending quarterly booster MBCT classes and refresher courses as needed.