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Collaboration in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Collaboration in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2012
Pages: 179 - 186
Source ID: shanti-sources-110736
Abstract: In this article, we describe the nature of therapeutic collaboration between psychotherapist and group participants in mindfulness‐based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which occurs in a group format and incorporates cognitive therapy and mindfulness practices with the aim of preventing depression relapse. Collaboration is a central part of two components of MBCT: inquiry and leading mindfulness practices. During the process of inquiry, the therapist‐initiated questions about the participant's moment‐to‐moment experience of the practice occurs in a context of curious, open, and warm attitudes. In addition, collaboration is maintained through co‐participation in mindfulness practices. We provide a case illustration of collaboration in these contexts and conclude with recommendations for clinical practice.