Should I take MBSR or MBCT?
MBSR is open to anyone who is interested in decreasing stress and learning a new way of relating skillfully to their experience. It is not recommended for individuals with recurrent clinical anxiety or depression, but rather is meant to help improve management of everyday stressors (e.g., work, relationships, health).
In contrast, MBCT is designed specifically to help prevent relapse in individuals who have struggled with acute/clinical anxiety or depression. If you’ve been treated for an anxiety disorder or for one ore more depressive episodes in the past, and are ready to learn new skills for preventing further episodes, MBCT is for you.
MBSR and MBCT teachers will confirm participant eligibility at the mandatory orientation session one week prior to the start of the program.
Do I need to know anything about mindfulness or meditation to take your courses?
No, Intro to Mindfulness, Individual Training and our MBSR program are ideal places to start, but all our programs are suitable for people with no experience in meditation or mindfulness. MBCT is designed specifically for individuals recovering from recurrent clinical anxiety or depression.
Do I have to do anything between sessions?
We give homework at the end of most sessions. The homework usually consists of meditation and informal mindfulness practice, adding up to about 20 mins per day. The assignments are an essential component of the course. The more you put into the practice, the more likely you are to enjoy the benefits of mindfulness.
How are the sessions structured?
We usually spend 20-30 minutes debriefing on home meditation practice or other homework assigned the previous week. The next portion of the session is devoted to psychoeducation, discussion, and exercises related to the topic of the session. We usually close with a meditation.
Do I have to speak during group discussions?
You are free to contribute as little or as much to the discussions as you like.
Are your services covered by my insurance?
The majority of Mindspace staff therapists are licensed by the Quebec Order of Psychologists (OPQ), and doctoral interns are supervised by a licensed OPQ psychologists. If your insurance covers psychotherapy sessions, you’ll be able to submit your receipts from your Mindspace therapist for reimbursement.
What is the fee per session?
The standard fee per session is between $120 and $160. The fee to meet with the clinic director is higher, and our doctoral interns see clients for a reduced rate.
What are your hours? Can I see you before or after work?
Mindspace therapists do their best to accommodate their clients’ schedules. Appointments are typically during regular business hours and in the early evening (after work or school).
How many sessions will I need before I see results?
The Mindspace approach to therapy is short-term and goal-directed. Our therapists aim for quick symptom reduction, and will teach you the skills you need to maintain long-term change. You can expect to see some changes within the first few weeks. Typical courses of CBT range from 6 to 12 weeks, depending on your objectives. Many clients schedule a few booster sessions in the months following the end of therapy.
How is therapy at Mindspace different from therapy at other Montreal clinics?
First, Mindspace is the only clinic in Montreal whose therapists are trained in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), but routinely integrate mindfulness into sessions to help focus therapy and to increase the effectiveness of CBT. Second, there are many kinds of psychotherapists in Montreal, but all Mindspace Clinic therapists have PhD-level training. The rigorous scientific and clinical training required for a doctorate degree guarantees that your MindSpace therapist is knowledgeable and competent, with a wide range of clinical experience.