Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: a promising new approach to preventing depressive relapse

Br J Psychiatry. 2012 May;200(5):359-60. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.111.104745.


Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) was developed as a psychological approach for people at risk for depressive relapse who wish to learn how to stay well in the long-term. In this article we set out the rationale for MBCT, outline the treatment approach, overview the efficacy research to date and look to future challenges.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / trends
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy*
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
  • Psychotherapy, Group / trends
  • Secondary Prevention