Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy group

This course incorporates some of the key components of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), a type of therapy that integrates the practice of mindfulness meditation with more traditional techniques used in cognitive therapy.


Numerous research has shown that bringing mindfulness practices into our day-to-day life can positively affect our brain patterns leading to less intense stress responses. Likewise, cognitive therapy offers techniques that can help us notice and disengage from negative thoughts, decreasing our suffering in the long-term.


Key themes covered in this course

MBCT helps us recognise unhelpful patterns in the ways we respond to events in our lives.


Through the practice of meditation and cognitive therapy, you’ll learn how to disentangle from negative thinking, and let go of the automatic tendency to try and overcome difficulties by “thinking” about them or suppressing them. Unfortunately, both of these responses tend to make things worse rather than better longer term.


MBCT will help you become more aware of these processes and equip you with the skills needed to positively change them.


By the end of the course, you’ll have learnt how to:

  • Stand back a little from distressing thoughts and feelings
  • Recognise the early warning signs of depression and take helpful action
  • Put less effort into trying to “fix” things
    Be kinder and more gentle towards yourself
Group Therapy

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy group - what to expect

All of the sessions are group-based, and involve a combination of teaching, mindfulness meditation and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) activities to help you spot the early signs of depression and stress. Each session builds on the learning and experience from the previous session.
  • The course takes place over 8 weekly sessions, lasting 1.5 hours each
  • There will be a maximum of 12 participants per group
  • Each session is followed by suggestions for personal practice.
  • You’ll be encouraged and supported to try these skills at home whenever you begin to feel distressed or worried

Frequently asked questions

This group is suitable for anyone over the age of 18 who struggles with depression. If you are currently suffering severe symptoms of depression or experiencing symptoms that would prevent you from fully participating in the group and daily meditation practices, please consider waiting until your energy levels and concentration are improved enough to learn something new so you can get the most out of it.

As an 8-week course (opposed to the introduction to mindfulness course which is 3 weeks), our MBCT group is more in-depth and particularly helpful for those who suffer from recurrent depression.

This course costs £650.

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.