Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Intensive Eight Week Course

Next course running from 7th June 2017

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 meditation instructor, cognitive-behavioural (CBT) psychotherapist and gestalt counsellor with a specialist interest in mindfulness. He has trained extensively in mindfulness-based practices since the 1990s and has been facilitating regular Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses since 2007. His research, conducted as part of a MA in Buddhist Studies, on the origins and practices of MBCT, was published in 2008. He is the author of two self-help books: Mindfulness for Black Dogs and Blue Days (2012) and Mindfulness for Unravelling Anxiety (2016).

You can find more information about Richard Gilpin and his work on his web-site: 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

Our Room

3F.Course Setting


3F.Course Setting


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 3F which is on the top floor or our building.

2017 Dates

Upcoming course date: Starts 7th June 2017, finishing  2nd August 2017. (with a break on 21st June)
Time: Wednesdays 7.15pm-9.15pm

We will also be running this course in September and November. Please get in touch with us in advance regarding details.


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.

Feedback from Participants

“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 found the discussions […] really valuable to share human experiences.”

“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.”