Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy 2018-01-27T14:30:57+00:00


Facilitators: Dr. Don Colonne, MD and Dr. Lineke Heus, ND

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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a clinically proven program for preventing relapse into depression and reducing stress and anxiety, as well as other mood related conditions. It combines the tools of cognitive therapy with the practice of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is a non-judgemental way of paying attention in the present moment. It enables us to increase our understanding of habitual reactions to challenging situations and creates the possibility of choosing to respond in more effective ways, thus preventing the mind from slipping back into old patterns. Cognitive therapy is designed to interrupt the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. MBCT was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale, based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR). A number of different practices are covered over the 9 weeks, and you will be helped to discover the ones that are most useful to you. The video below illustrates how both CBT and mindfulness can decrease stress by changing the way we think.

Course schedule

The MBCT course runs 2-3 times per year. If you can’t make it to this upcoming course, you can ask to be notified of the following course once registration opens, by emailing us via our contact form. Sessions run 1 evening per week, from 6.30 pm till 9.00 pm.

Introduction: The Science of Mindfulness
Session 1: Awareness and Automatic Pilot
Session 2: Living in Our Heads
Session 3: Gathering the Scattered Mind
Session 4: Recognizing Aversion
Session 5: Allowing/ Letting Be
Session 6: Thoughts Are Not Facts
A day of mindfulness practice: Saturday after session 6
Session 7: How can I best take care of myself?
Session 8: Maintaining and Extending New Learning

Who should attend:

This program is for anyone experiencing moderate anxiety / depression. It is also highly recommended for the prevention of relapse in people with a history of anxiety / depression, and for people with chronic pain. Group size is limited to 12 participants.

What our participants want you to know

Taking the MBCT course helped me understand my moods, and I highly recommended it. I also learned to be more compassion towards myself and that moved me to be more compassionate towards others. I have meditated for years self taught. Learning mindfulness meditation has truly enhanced my meditation experience and taking this course answered many of the questions I had about meditation. Sharing with others made me feel less isolated when I meditated. When I meditate now, I feel I am meditating with countless others all around the world. I’m never alone! Thank you so much Dr. Heus and Dr. Colonne for the time spent with us, and the gentle way you both have in leading and teaching.
Thank you doctors Lineke and Don! I must tell you that I am impressively surprised with the positive changes that have occurred in me during the first 7 weeks of the Mindfulness program (MBCT). As a doctor myself, it has always been very difficult for me to grasp and assimilate Eastern Medicine including meditation practice, which nowadays is very in vogue. I never ever dreamed of meditating and, even less, attending group therapy. Today, I’m not only looking forward to my daily meditation, I also await eagerly for Tuesday’s group therapy. I’ll be always grateful,
Eduardo Arroyo LLosa
They have a developed a very excellent mindfullness program that blends traditional practices with medical knowledge on the functioning of the brain, which give the participant greater understanding. How many of us really understand (simply) how our brains work? Most importantly they are very authentic in their practice and take good care in helping participants along in their individual levels. Taking the course is of use to everyone to help improve mental fitness and health, and i highly recommend!
I have struggled with anxiety, depression and frustration for over twenty years. Frustration at not quite finding the right doctor, not exactly finding the right medications and definitely not finding other people going through what I was going through. When I embarked on the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course offered by Infuse Integrative Medicine, I was really ready to change how I reacted to the people around me & events that seemed to make me feel so out of control. I was ready for a change, I just didn’t know how to make it happen or even if I could. I would describe ‘mindfulness’ as an easy concept to grasp, but incredibly hard to do at first! It is definitely work, as you need to guide your mind out of the rut of thinking & then reacting the same way, over & over & over. In fact, once I got going, by learning to respond, rather than react, I found I had more control over my thoughts, my feelings, how I interacted with the people around me & how I dealt with events – past & present. Through guided meditation, I became more aware of my body sensations, thoughts & feelings. Every week the group shared thoughts, feelings, insights and even some laughter & tears! Every week I left feeling inspired & challenged. Meeting kindred spirits who could relate to what I was saying & having the moderators from Infuse Integrative Medicine share their insights have left a deep impression with me.
I met Dr. Lineke Heus in late 2014 when joining her Burlington Mood Masters Meetup support group and since then I also consulted Lineke regarding naturopathic treatments to health-related issues and in early 2016 I participated in the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course she and Dr. Don Colonne offer through Infuse Integrative Medicine. Lineke is an amazing health care provider with an impressive dedication and a very giving and warm hearted personality. Her profound knowledge and holistic approach helped me getting another type of access to medical care, which a traditional family physician typically doesn’t cover. I found and still find the monthly support group to be incredibly helpful as it gives the possibility to learn, share and understand, in a non-judgemental environment. I always felt that my cause is the primary focus and that Lineke and Don truly have an interest in making a change to the better in people’s lives. I believe that the MBCT course has the potential to a make a significant transition in someone’s everyday life.
I had the opportunity to complete the MBCT course guided by Dr. Lineke Heus and Dr. Colonne. I’m very impressed with the atmosphere and the skills that we were taught. They are very proffesional and knowledgeable and the whole process of learnig was very interesting. I strongly recommend the MBCT Course at Infuse. Thank you!
I highly recommend the “Mindfulness Course.” The Doctors provide professional and expert knowledge. Also, patients receive the support needed to achieve results for prescribed treatment. The modern office offers an environment where clients feel welcome and comfortable. I will definitely return to Infuse for their informative and innovative classes.

Registration details:

  • Request your family physician, psychiatrist or other medical specialist (has to be an MD) to fax a referral to 905-637-9466, attention to Dr. Don Colonne.
  • Once you have a referral, you can book your orientation & assessment visit with Dr. Colonne here (schedule opens 2 months prior to the start of the next course). If you decide to register for the course after the assessment, we ask that you pay a minimum of $50 deposit (non-refundable) to reserve your spot. There is no charge for the assessment & treatment recommendations by Dr. Colonne.
    • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation and assessment visit.
    • A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.
    • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • Fees: the  course fee is $400, of which $50 will be reimbursed if no classes are missed. We offer financial assistance to those who can’t afford the full course fee. Please contact us for details.
    • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm your plan covers Naturopathic Doctors, and that this coverage includes MBCT. Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Dr. Lineke Heus (Naturopathic Doctor). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.
    • The fee includes all course materials (hand-outs, audio recordings for use at home, etc), 9 evening sessions and 1 full day of Mindfulness practice (see course schedule).

The video below illustrates how both CBT and mindfulness can decrease stress by changing the way we think.