Mindfulness for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for depression, anxiety and stress
This eight-week program teaches mindfulness skills integrated with CBT to facilitate heightened awareness of thinking patterns and body sensations which may contribute to depression, anxiety, stress and other psychological problems. Mindfulness-based therapies have proven effectiveness in many research studies over the last thirty years, and Dr Francis’s PhD research demonstrated the effectiveness of MiCBT in a recent randomised controlled trial. MiCBT is designed to address the underlying processes common to a range of psychological problems and to improve psychological well-being and resilience.
MiCBT provides both short and long-term benefits through learning a number of mindfulness techniques and experiencing their impact on daily life. It is a practical and powerful way to address issues of recurring stress, anxiety and depression, as well as assisting with anger management, coping with chronic pain and attentional issues. MiCBT was developed by Dr Bruno Cayoun and shares some similarities to the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and British psychologists Segal, Teasdale and Williams. However, MiCBT powerfully integrates mindfulness skills with cognitive and behavioural techniques, and its strong emphasis on body awareness and equanimity (non-reactivity) differentiates it from other programs.
This program requires a commitment to daily home exercise practice of mindfulness skills.
Individual sessions may be made available to participants during the course where required.
Dr Sarah FrancisTrainer | Researcher
Dr Sarah Francis is a registered psychologist trained and experienced in mindfulness theory and practice. Sarah has qualifications in both psychology and education holding degrees of M.Psych., M.A., B.Ed., as well as a Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Sarah has worked as a teacher, human resources manager, general manager of learning and development, business consultant and psychologist. She is the author of Workplace Communication: A Teacher’s Guide (Pitman, 1993) and co-author of The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness‐integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Wiley, 2018).
Sarah’s mindfulness training includes training in Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She has researched the measurement of mindfulness and completed her PhD researching the impact of mindfulness on well-being and the effectiveness of group-based MiCBT as a transdiagnostic intervention.
Sarah regularly conducts MiCBT training courses for depression, anxiety and stress and conducts mindfulness training for health professionals, post-graduate students and corporate groups. Sarah is the Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group’s convenor and works closely with Dr Bruno Cayoun and the researcher and trainer group at the MiCBT Institute. Having attended many courses and teachings on Buddhism over the past 25 years and undertaken meditation retreats in Australia and Nepal, she is well equipped to integrate key aspects of eastern and western psychology.
Sarah works in private practice in Melbourne.