Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)


A program that can change the habits and patterns of the mind.

An 8-week program using mindfulness for treatment of depression and anxiety.

Duke University Medical Center’s Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program offers a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group. MBCT is an empirically validated intervention that was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale, based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. MBCT was developed to facilitate recovery from depression and prevent future depressive relapses, based on an integration of cognitive behavioral principles and practices and eastern mindfulness practices. The program has also been shown to be helpful for individuals struggling with anxiety. It is an 8-week program in which participants gather in a group setting to learn cognitive behavioral techniques and mindfulness exercises designed to increase nonjudgmental, moment-to-moment awareness of bodily sensations, thoughts, and emotions. Participants use mindfulness to cultivate a new way of relating to internal and situational experiences, using curiosity, acceptance, and compassion.

Program details:

  • One individual initial evaluation for screening and orientation meeting; and 8 group sessions (most insurance coverage accepted; please contact for more specific information)
  • Commitment to attending 8 weeks of group sessions
  • Commitment to 40-50 minutes of daily practice at home during the program (audio tracks will be provided to facilitate home practice)


The MBCT groups at Duke University Medical Center are led by Noga Zerubavel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Zerubavel completed intensive training in MBCT under the guidance of one of the program’s developers, Dr. Zindel Segal, and two other experts in MBCT, Dr. Sarah Bowen and Dr. Steven Hickman. She established the MBCT program at Duke in 2014 along with Clive Robins, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Duke University. Dr. Zerubavel is the primary instructor for MBCT groups and is joined by one or two co-facilitators who are advanced trainees of the CBRTP, including MD psychiatry residents, PhD postdoctoral fellows, and advanced clinical psychology graduate students who have undergone clinical training with Dr. Zerubavel in this model. All instructors for MBCT have their own established meditation practice. The MBCT team also offers individual psychotherapy consistent with the MBCT model.

If you are interested in joining our next session, please contact Noga Zerubavel, Ph.D. at noga.zerubavel@duke.edu to put your name on the wait-list.