Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a psychological therapy. It uses traditional Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) methods with the addition of newer psychological strategies such as mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness and mindfulness meditation, focus on becoming aware of all incoming thoughts and feelings and accepting them, but not attaching or reacting to them.
The goal of MBCT is to interrupt these automatic processes and teach the participants to focus less on reacting to incoming stimuli, and instead accepting and observing them without judgment.This mindfulness practice allows the participant to notice when automatic processes are occurring and to alter their reaction to being more of a reflection.
Practicing mindfulness creates a lot of benefits some of which are: Emotion regulation, decreased reactivity and increased response flexibility, empathy, compassion, interpersonal and intrapersonal benefits.