Group training Mindfulness based cognitive therapy



Mindfulness means to focus your attention on the present moment with a curious, accepting and open attitude.

What is Mindfulness based cognitive therapy? 

This group is also given in english.

In mindfulness based cognitive therapy Eastern meditation techniques are combined with insights from Western cognitive psychology. Meditation means being aware of what you do and experience, while you're doing or experiencing it. This awareness teaches you to recognise your own ingrained, automatic patterns (behaviour and thought-wise), which creates room for different behaviour. Two aspects are central to this:
1) learning to focus attention on what is in the present moment, and
2) learning to adopt a curious, non-judgmental and accepting attitude towards experiences in the present moment.

We often find ourselves on autopilot mode in daily life, not really being 'there' and not really aware of what we think, feel or do.

It is often at these moments that our automatic 'negative' thought patterns arise, with thoughts that do not always turn out to be correct. Before we know it, our thoughts and feelings take over, which can cause and maintain symptoms and problems.


The training teaches you to become aware of these automatic reactions and to deal with your symptoms, thoughts and feelings in a different way. This new and 'open' awareness make problems become more manageable, enables you to stand in life in a freer way and to make better use of your qualities. 

Content of the training

The training consists of 9 sessions of 2 hours and takes place in a group. Each session takes place according to a fixed structure and has its own theme. The training is preceded by an individual intake interview. 


In mindfulness based cognitive therapy, the learning of a skill is the main goal. It is not a therapy or counselling group. The best way to learn is to practice and experience a lot. Therefore, the trainer will ask you to invest 30 to 45 minutes a day to practice at home during the training. The goal is to integrate what you have learned in daily life, for which you can use the workbook and audio material. After completing the training, you will be able to apply the newly learned skills independently. 

For whom?

This training may be interesting for you if: 

  • You need more insight in your own functioning
  • You want to explore how to find more peace and quiet in your life
  • You want to learn how to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings


This training is also useful in case of the following symptoms:

  • Stress and stress related problems
  • (Recurrent) depression
  • Symptoms of anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Worrying
  • Fatigue, sleeping problems


Many people without any specific symptoms or problems also experience the practice of mindfulness based cognitive therapy as an important enrichment of their lives.


Please consult our calendar for the dates of a new training. If the training is already fully booked, our administration will gladly inform you about future dates. 


The whole training costs € 380,-. Within Specialised mental healthcare (SGGZ), the entire training is covered by your healthcare insurer. Within Basic mental healthcare, the training is partially covered by your insurance and partially paid by yourself. How much is covered depends on what you and your therapist agree on.