Why Does Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Work?

Mindful meditation helps treat depression

Clinical psychologists have developed an impressive array of empirically supported treatments over the past several decades. While these new treatments have brought relief to many people, a stubborn scientific problem persists.

What I’m talking about is the fact that psychologists don’t understand, and therefore can’t explain, how or why any of these treatments work.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is yet another new therapy that is effective but psychologists cannot explain how it works. The March 2015 issue of the Monitor on Psychology published by the American Psychological Association carried an article by Stacy Lu entitled “Mindfulness holds promise for treating depression”.

This article states “While evidence suggests mindfulness works to help prevent depression relapse, researchers don’t yet know how”. Read the full article here…

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