Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for General Practitioners wishing to enhance their general physical and mental well-being.

September 2017: Course Information

Is the course for me?

If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, recurrent depression or feel generally 'dissatisfied' with your life, this course could help you develop skills to better respond to the 'ups and downs' of life. Mindfulness can also lead to improved job satisfaction, enhanced doctor-patient relationship and increased compassion.

Mindfulness is not a panacea for all problems and it is not suitable for people who are currently experiencing very severe psychological or physical problems. It is not appropriate for acute depression, psychosis, recent grief or substance misuse problems. On booking, we will ask you for some confidential information pertaining to your general well-being and state of mind to ensure the course is suitable for you at this time.

This is not a training course for GPs to learn how to teach mindfulness skills to patients.

What will I learn?

You will learn to deal more skilfully with the stresses and strains of daily living. Practicing the skill of deliberately paying attention to what happens in mind and body we become more familiar with the workings of our own mind patterns and habits, some habits that may no longer be helpful for us. You can learn to spot our own 'warning signs' early, before the stress or depression become too overwhelming and then make lans for how best to respond, rather than react in our old familiar, often unhelpful ways. Learning to do this in a way that suspends judgement and self-criticism can have surprising results.

There will be a combination of guided meditation practices and cognitive exercises. In between sessions, there will be home practice for participants. This takes approximately 1 hour per day.


Our MBCT courses are jointly taught by Dr Lucy Harrison and Michael Atkinson. Lucy is a local GP and is a fully qualified MBCT teacher. She meets the UK Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness-based Teachers, i.e. she is suitably trained, committed to continuous professional development, holds appropriate insurance and receives supervsion for her teaching through Oxford University.

Michael is Director of School of Mindfulness and has been a practitioner of mindfulness for 17 years. He teaches course and workshops in mindfulness, and has taught mindfulness in hospitals, colleges and universities, and corporate businesses. As well as having trained as a mindfulness teacher with Mindfulness CIC in Leicester, he is a professional teacher educator and teaches on a Masters in medical education programme in Higher Education. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Jesmond Methodist Church Hall

68 St Georges Terrace


Newcastle upon Tyne

NE22 2DL

(see map below for directions)

Course Dates

This course will run on a Thursday evening from

6.30 - 8.30pm.

Note: There will be a 2 week break between weeks 3 and 4.

Session 1: 28.09.17

Session 2: 05.10.17

Session 3: 12.10.17

2 week break

Session 4: 02.11.17

Session 5: 09.11.17

Session 6: 16.11.17

Session 7: 23.11.17

Session 8: 30.11.17

There will also be an essential 'Day of Mindfulness' practice on Saturday 25th November from 10am - 4pm (venue TBC).

How many people on each course?

Limited to 8

How much does the course cost?

This is a free course provided in conjunction with GP Health (this course usually costs £300 per participant).


Self-referral is via application from - please follow this link.

Bookings open 26.06.17 and close 10.07.17

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via: lucy.harrison@schoolofmindfulness.co.uk


Future Courses (further details to follow)

Taster session: Monday 30th October at Quaker Meeting House, Gosforth.

MBCT course commencing 8th January 2018 at Quaker Meeting House, Gosforth.