BRISBANE: Managing Your Emotions - re-train your brain

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Where: Redland Community Centre Inc., 29 Loraine St, Capalaba, Qld 4157. 

Format: 8 group sessions, each 3 hours incl. a tea break

Facilitator: Patrea O'Donoghue, MPsych, MAPS

Cost: $455 includes the 8 group sessions, all materials, 2 CDs with guided instructions, and light refreshments

Bookings: 07 3245 2117 or 07 3472 1361

This 8-week course is aimed at helping people better understand and manage difficult emotional experiences such as when feeling stressed, anxious, sad, depressed or angry. The course is based on Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT), a treatment approach developed by Bruno Cayoun, DPSych, clinical psychologist.

MiCBT is an approach that combines both mindfulness and the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). During this course, participants will learn a variety of mindfulness-based skills and approaches that encourage them to focus on their breathing and their body, rather than the thoughts that are likely triggering reactive behaviours and escalating the emotions. The course also looks at how other people and our emotions interact with one another and what we can do about that.

Mindfulness approaches have been demonstrated by researchers to be very helpful for people in better managing emotions and stress, improving depressed moods by helping avoid rumination, improving concentration, and generally result in feeling a greater sense of satisfaction with one's own life.

Term 1: 8 February - 28 March 2012
Time: 6.30-9.30pm 
Free pre-course information session 1/2/12 from 6.30-8pm

Term 2: 2 May - 20 June 2012 
Time: 9.00-12.00noon 
Free pre-course information session 18/4/12 from 11.00-12.30pm

Term 3: 1 August - 19 September
Time: 6.30-9.30pm 
Free pre-course information session 27/7/12 from 6.30-8pm

Term 4: 17 October - 5 December 2012 
Time: 6.30-9.30pm 
Free pre-course information session 10/10/12 from 6.30-8pm

GOLD COAST: MiCBT Group for Clients

Sunday, December 11, 2011

An 8-week group therapy course to help you deal with Stress, Anxiety and Depression

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness involves paying attention to each event experienced in the present moment within our body and mind, with a non-judgmental, non-reactive and accepting attitude. In learning to be mindful, we can begin to counter many of our everyday sufferings such as stress, anxiety and depression because we are learning to experience events in a more impersonal, detached and acceptable way.

There is a growing number of therapy approaches that incorporate mindfulness training. Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) is one of these approaches. It offers a practical set of evidence-based techniques derived from mindfulness training together with principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to address a broad range of psychological disorders and general stress conditions.

This 8-week group therapy, offered with 8 individual supplemental sessions, will follow the principles of MiCBT and involve active mindfulness training as well as psychological interventions. It will be offered to adults experiencing stress, anxiety or depression by a clinical psychologist, Mikako Naito, at her Tugun clinic on the Gold Coast. The number of participants will be limited to 8. Child minding service can be arranged on site for a fee.

  • Bulk billing for both group and individual sessions ($30.00 per session if without a GP Mental Health Care Plan)
  • A one-off payment of $40.00 to cover the cost of the two mindfulness training CDs used for this program
Days and Time:
  • Group sessions: 10.15am – 12.15pm 8 Tuesdays beginning on 7 February 2012
  • Individual supplemental sessions: 8 Thursdays or Fridays beginning in the same week (by appointment)

Enquiry/Application: Please contact Mikako at (07) 5559 5391 or to make an appointment for a pre-group assessment session.


Group Brochure Feb 2012 Group Brochure Feb 2012145kb

Enrol Now for MiCBT Training and Courses 2012!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Our training calendar for 2012 is finalised ... Places are limited and early registration is advised to avoid disappointment.

All of our courses can be taken independently or as part of the Voc. Graduate Diploma of MiCBT.

Introductory Workshop – April and August

8-week Foundation Course – April and August

8-Week Applied Course – July

Intensive Residential 5-day Retreat – March and November

Click here for more information…

Snapshot: Glenn Bilsborrow

Friday, July 29, 2011

Registered Psychologist, Macquarie Psychology – Hobart Australia

Psychology has always been a fascination for me but we didn't really find each other properly until later in my life. When I left school I was going to be a mechanic! But my employer told me that he had decided not to take on another apprentice, so that was that. Needless to say, I didn't stay there long. After a few more years working, I went to university and started studying a bachelor of arts with the intention of doing psychology. I really enjoyed anthropology and English, but found first year psychology a bit dry! Overall, it seemed too far removed from everyday life, let alone people. So I changed to business.

After completing a business degree I went to work in the real world and slowly realised that it was a world of conformity and rules. The aim was to make money and everything was about making more of it. At this time I was living and working in Sydney, Australia. I worked in various capacities such as financial planner and as an advisor to small business. So eventually, in 1991, my partner and I decided to move to Tasmania where her family was and where we could raise our two boys in a place that was a little more removed from the rat-race.

During all these years of work, I had always been interested in the journey of self-understanding as well. In my early 20s I discovered self help books teaching such things as Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Therapy. I read as many books as I could find. I wanted to know about myself and my role in this world. I went to see therapists. The first one was good. The second was not as good. I wasn’t sure that therapists were able to offer anything substantial and I was concerned that it perhaps wasn’t really a 'science'. Maybe we just turn out to be who we were going to be despite 'psychology'?

But I was a scientist at heart, and business and science are worlds apart. So, one day I decided to go back to psychology. I had decided by this time that psychology did have something to offer when done properly. I wanted to do it properly. I restarted the arts degree part-time and got into honours at the University of Tasmania. I spent a few years working on my Doctorate and became a registered psychologist.

My philosophy in life had always been that of a generalist. I wanted to gather knowledge about a wide range of things and apply that to my vocation, whatever that was. Being a psychologist was a way of utilising that experience; use my own journey and the variety of things I learned in life, and at university, to help those who are in need. So I became a specialist, which now actually sits well. To that role I bring all the differing perspectives of living and working in various places. Since working as a psychologist, I have felt fulfilled and happy. There is not a day that goes by where I don't feel grateful for my life. I used to worry that one day it would all go pear-shaped and not last. But over time I learned to trust that it wouldn't. Of course there have been bad times. But overall, life has really been good to me.

In all those early years where I was learning about life and myself, funnily enough, I was never drawn into mindfulness in a formal way. Back in the 80s I read a book called "The relaxation response" and I was intrigued by how meditation affected the mind and body. I also read and absorbed books on visualisation and many other techniques that helped to still the mind. I applied these to my life in a casual way. One outlined a technique that I tried and found affected me profoundly. It started off small, only a slight change. Over time, as I practiced it, I was able to ‘hold’ this sensation of letting go. I had learned to be equanimous for short periods in a focused way by letting go of an attachment to sensations in the body. I still use it and it led me to have an affinity later with the practice of mindfulness. I also learned a long time ago, of the impermanence of emotion and the notion that we are often rooted in the present by emotion, but have to also have an eye to the fact that this will change.

I met Bruno in 2000 and was struck by his calm, his dedication and the clarity he brought to things. He wanted me to understand mindfulness in a deeper way by practice. His view was that if you have found something this good, you want others you care about to also benefit from it. I resisted. “What was the point of working hard on something designed to make you happier in your life when you are already happy?” I thought. Over time, we had chats about his methods and I could see a definite advantage in utilising a more pervasive mindfulness approach with clients.

I heard others, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, talking about the benefits of mindfulness and I had read much on it. So I began to practice it more formally. Since then, it has been imbedded in my work with clients. What I like about this approach is that it is experiential. It is one's own experience and not that of another who may be trying to help you change your understanding of what you experience. It asks you to do it to yourself, without a 'middle man'. In MiCBT, mindfulness is not on the periphery, it is central. When I thought about it, I realised that traditional CBT is often simply trying to put a wedge between someone and their troublesome thoughts. Why not start deeper; why not work on it yourself through the practice of mindfulness? Above all, being mindful really does impact on what you bring to therapy. I think Bruno has truly brought mindfulness to psychotherapy in a unique and powerful way and I am grateful for his wisdom.

MiCBT Institute Newsletter: Vol 2.4 August 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope this finds you well and trust you will appreciate reading the bimonthly newsletter of the MiCBT Institute. I welcome everyone who recently attended a course, workshop or master class in MiCBT and joined the institute’s Affiliate Membership. I hope that all of you will find the information and the peer-reviewed article linked to the August newsletter interesting and informative (click on link to download). Please do not hesitate to send us your comments.

Warm regards,

Bruno Cayoun

MiCBT Institute Newsletter Vol.2.4 MiCBT Institute Newsletter Vol.2.4235kb