Services/ Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Winter Blues and SAD
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Your Solution for the Winter Blues
Do you dread winter? Do you experience fatigue, sluggishness, sadness, craving for comfort foods, and other symptoms? Do you just want to hibernate when the days get short? If so, you may have winter blues or a more serious clinical condition known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) that is a pattern of depression that comes in the fall/winter and improves in the spring/summer. Winter blues and SAD is very common in Northern Vermont—as many as one in three people may be affected by these conditions. The good news is that effective treatment is available.
During the winters of 2010, 2011, and 2012 I was a lead therapist on a National Institute of Health funded study investigating the effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) versus light box therapy for SAD. My University of Vermont colleague, Dr. Kelly Rohan, conducted this study. Contrary to popular opinion, her research has found that CBT is just as effective as light box therapy and more helpful in the long-term for preventing future episodes of SAD. CBT skills are portable—you can carry them for the rest of your life and you don’t need to sit in front of an expensive light box everyday.
This therapy is now available to the community. I have taken Dr. Rohan’s twelve-session, six-week program and integrated it with my clinical specialty of mindfulness. Mindfulness, like CBT, has decades of research demonstrating its helpfulness for a variety of conditions, including depression. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Winter Blues and SAD is an empowering learning experience where you will acquire skills, knowledge, and understanding to help you cope with this winter and all winters to come.
While we can’t change the fact of winter, we can change our relationship to it. This change of attitude and changes in behavior can be very potent at combatting the harmful effects of winter. While you may never grow to love winter (although some of you might!), you will be able to remain active, productive, and even-keeled even through the harshest winter.
MBCBT for SAD is a psychoeducational class where you will learn mindfulness and CBT skills for coping with winter. It is not a therapy group (and is not covered by insurance). Class size will be limited to maximize your learning benefit.
Classes will begin January 2013:
-- Saturday mornings 10 AM to noon PM from 26 January to 16 March
NOTE SCHEDULE and FEE REDUCTION: The fee for the course is now $240. Cash, checks, and major credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, and American Express) accepted.