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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

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Have you suffered from depression or chronic low mood? Anxiety or chronic worry? Do you want to learn evidence-based tools for preventing these episodes? Are you curious about how mindfulness can help?

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an 8-week workshop designed to help people who struggle with repeated mood and anxiety problems. MBCT offers a unique opportunity to restore well-being and prevent future episodes of anxiety and depression.

Mindfulness refers to open, non-judgemental awareness of present-moment experience. MBCT is an adaptation of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR). It integrates traditional cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) strategies with mindfulness meditation to help you develop a new and more skillful relationship to the thoughts and feelings that trigger anxiety and depression.

In 8 weeks of psychoeducation, guided meditations, group dialogue, and home practice, you’ll learn:


  • What depression is and why you’re vulnerable
  • How to avoid the same old automatic reactions
  • New and helpful ways of responding to triggers
  • How to live in the present and reconnect with the joy and meaning in your life

Orientation Session


The mandatory orientation session is an important final step toward your enrollment in the MindSpace MBCT program. The orientation session is included in the cost of the program and is required of all participants before beginning the program. The orientation session provides the opportunity to:


  • Learn about MBCT and ensure that it’s the right fit for you
  • Meet the group instructor(s)
  • Meet the other participants in your group
  • Find out about the methods and approaches you’ll learn during the program
  • Ask your questions about the program
  • Finalize your registration

Participants will hear a group presentation about the MBCT program and have a short interview with an instructor to ensure that MBSR is a good fit. In the event that the instructor believes that MBCT is not a good fit, you will be offered other options and a complete refund of your registration fees.

Winter 2017 MBCT (in English)


  • Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Dates: Tuesdays February 21 (mandatory orientation sessionand February 28; March 7, 14, 21, and 28; April 4, 11, and 18
  • Retreat date: Sunday, April 9, 9:30am-3pm
  • Location: MindSpace Studio, 1310 Greene avenue (suite 500), Westmount QC
  • Teachers: Dr. Joe Flanders 
  • Fees: $575 ($480 for students); See the FAQ for information about scholarships.

Click here to register. 

Spring 2017 MBCT (in French)


  • Time: 7:15pm-9:15pm
  • Dates: Thursdays March 23 (mandatory orientation session) and March 30, April 6, 13, 20, and 27; May 4, 11, and 18
  • Retreat date: Sunday, May 7, 9:30am-4pm
  • Location: MindSpace Studio, 1310 Greene avenue (suite 500), Westmount QC
  • Teachers: Dr. Julien Lacaille & Dr. Andréanne Élie
  • Fees: $475 ($380 for students);* See the FAQ for information about scholarships.

Click here to register.

* As this program is co-taught by a psychologist and a physician, a portion of the fees are covered by RAMQ. The fees listed above are the portion that participants pay directly to MindSpace at the time of registration, and an additional amount will be billed directly to RAMQ. The registration fee paid to MindSpace covers the cost of the psychologist’s time–which is not covered by RAMQ–and does not constitute an accessory fee. Participants are required to bring their RAMQ cards to the first session.


Who should take the MBCT program?

MBCT is for you if:

  • you’ve experienced depression, low or flat mood, anxiety, panic attacks, or chronic worry
  • your mood and anxiety episodes are recurrent and/or chronic
  • you’re interested in learning new skills for managing and preventing episodes
  • You have already done some cognitive-behavioural therapy

More on MBCT

MBCT was developed by researchers in Toronto and in the UK, based on the MBSR program created in the 1970s by Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Mindfulness is originally a Buddhist practice and Kabat-Zinn is credited with its integration into mainstream Western psychology and medicine.

In contrast to MBSR–a general program designed to reduce stress via mindfulness practice–MBCT specifically targets relapse prevention for mood and anxiety disorders. Through a variety of mindfulness meditations, informal mindfulness practices, and cognitive-behavioural strategies, the MBCT program will help you approach moment-to-moment experience skilfully, take pleasure in small everyday joys, and cope more effectively with challenges. You’ll learn to decrease rumination and to catch early symptoms of mood and anxiety episodes before they set in. Research has shown that MBCT reduces rates of relapse by 50% among individuals who suffer from recurrent depression.

Mindfulness is simple but requires practice. The calm presence of MindSpace teachers and the supportive group environment will allow you to integrate the MBCT tools and develop your personal mindfulness practice at your own pace. With your practice in place, you’ll have a personal mental fitness program that will help keep you well over the long run.

Our MBCT groups meet for two hours per week, with an all-day silent meditation retreat between weeks six and seven. Participants are provided with audio guides for at-home meditation practice. No prior experience with mindfulness or meditation is necessary.


More on Dr. Élie

Andréanne Élie, M.D., FRCPC, has been practicing psychiatry since 1998. She is a teacher at Université de Montréal. She works at Clinique Psyché, Mindspace Clinic and Pierre-Le Gardeur Hospital. She has completed several mindfulness training programs, including the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) intensive program with Jon Kabat-Zinn at Omega centre, an intensive training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with Dr. Zindel Segal, and an Advanced Teacher Training in MBCT in 2016. Dr. Élie has been leading MBSR and MBCT groups at Le Gardeur for the past 7 years. Dr. Élie has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 13 years, and teaching mindfulness to physicians for the past four years.