Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Intensive Eight Week Course

15th May – 3rd July 2019 

Wednesdays 7.15 pm – 9.15 pm


Eight week course

We are constantly striving to reach our goals, worrying about the future, ruminating about the past or struggling to cope with life’s crisis, and may inadvertently post-pone living on the way. Anxiety and depression can easily develop and although they  respond to standard treatments,  often seem to return . This has called for different and more fundamental approaches to managing stress and preventing relapse; Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is one such approach which now has considerable evidence to support its use and is recommended by NICE

What is MBCT?

MBCT is an 8-week skills-training course. It is a powerful combination of eastern meditation practices and western cognitive therapy. It is clinically proven to reduce stress, alleviate anxiety and increase psychological flexibility. It can allow for a greater appreciation of life by helping you feel calmer and more relaxed. Other known benefits include: reducing the risk of relapse into depression; improved sleep; enhanced resilience and focus in life; improved coping with chronic physical pain. There is now considerable evidence to support the usefulness of MBCT, which is a recommended treatment by NICE for the prevention of relapse in depression.

What can I expect?

  • practise meditation with the help of instruction in the class and guided practices to do at home
  • explore how we might limit ourselves and our potential through our thinking, and how we can better take care of ourselves
  • cultivate a greater awareness of our bodies through mindful movement exercises (suitable for all ages and abilities)
  • investigate how our tendency to live on ‘auto-pilot’ can inhibit our capacity to live with awareness and greater choice
  • learn to develop an attitude of mind that ‘allows things to be as they are’, and the vital difference between this and resigning ourselves passively to ‘fate’
  • explore how our habitual thinking that ‘life should be otherwise’ can lead to depressive and anxious states
  • use the group to share and support as an integral part of the training.

Who is our facilitator?

Richard Gilpin

Richard Gilpin

Richard Gilpin is a mindfulness teacher, counsellor and cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist. He has trained extensively in mindfulness-based practices since the 1990s and has been facilitating regular Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses since 2007. He is registered with the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations, which regulates a directory of teachers who adhere to the UK Good Practice Guidelines. He is the author of two self-help books: Mindfulness for Black Dogs and Blue Days (2012) and Mindfulness for Unravelling Anxiety (2016). His academic research on MBCT was published in 2008.

You can find more information about Richard on his website: www.richardgilpin.co.uk.


Fees and Times

Fees: £160 individuals / £180 organizations. Paid in advance in full (when you book your place).  Fee inclusive of mp3 material and course book.

The courses runs weekly (see list of dates for each one below) from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm

Limited low cost options available.

Our Room


All our rooms at BTC have been designed to create a warm and comfortable environment for our practitioners and clients. We have windows in each room allowing plenty of light to come in with double glazing and central heating for the winter and ventilation for the summer. MBCT Course is run in Room A2 which is on the 1st floor or our building.



Upcoming course date: 15th May – 3rd July 2019.
Time: Wednesdays 7.15pm-9.15pm



To apply or enquire, please call  01273 626444 email info@brightontherapycentre.org.uk including your name, contact number and a convenient time we can call you.

Your booking will  be confirmed on receipt of the application form and course fee paid in full. The fee is non-refundable.


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“Really inspired by your conversation and sowed seeds of a lifetime’s work! […] A fantastic course – Thank you!”

“I felt I went away every time with some new insight; sometimes a really small thing, sometimes a powerful ‘gem’…”

“I’ve learned a great deal. Having read a lot on the subject, it was amazing to realise how much more there is in the doing as opposed to ‘knowing’ theoretically about it.”

“I have gained a lot of insight and tools for coping with my day to day extreme stress.”

“A real wake up call.”

“I feel it’s been a great support showing ways of being mindful and positive daily. Course book and MP3s were both very good. Dropbox was great for communicating meditation practice material. I feel very positive and skillful now when difficult situations arise. I also notice that I notice.  I would just like to thank Richard. I have taken away so much from this course. Skills I will treasure and use forever! Thank you.”

” The course book is such a useful utility resource to have at hand and it’s very good to have MP3s in such a convenient format. Richard is very helpful and concise and clearly very knowledgeable. The course helped very much in overcoming bad habits & addictions.”

“I found the course tremendously helpful and found it useful to explore my own attitudes/perception of myself with the guidance of facilitator and feedback from the rest of the group.”

“I am no longer scared of being by myself or spending time with my own thoughts. I don’t seek to distract myself so much. I have even booked a week end away by myself which I never would have done before the course.”