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Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Recurrent Depression


The AccEPT Clinic no longer offers Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT-D).  MBCT-D is now nationally commissioned as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. We are therefore delighted to share that this section of our Service has been taken over by Talkworks (the Devon IAPT provider). 

Please direct all referrals to Talkworks.  There a number of ways referrals can be made to TALKWORKS. People are able to self-refer, either via the online referral form on the TALKWORKS website (,) or by calling 0300 555 3344. Professionals can make referrals to TALKWORKS via the online professionals referral form which can be found here: In addition, referrals can be sent via email, and/or attached letter, to



Introductory Online Taster Session

This year, the AccEPT Clinic has been offering FREE online MBCT sessions for anyone that would be suitable for MBCT in Devon. This 30 minute video takes you through aspects of how MBCT is delivered online, and may be of particular interest to those reluctant to commit to a course, or worried about attending an online group.


The course consists of an individual orientation session followed by eight weekly two and a ¼ hour sessions and reunion sessions. Reunions are available to past and current participants of MBCT and MBSR classes. They are an opportunity to engage with other participants and a great refresher to help encourage practice.

Participating in the mindfulness courses requires an on-going commitment. Participants will be asked to attend all sessions, and to practice daily home assignments for approximately 40 minutes per day.

Each group lasts for 8 weeks with weekly attendance for a 2 hours and 15 minute session.

MBCT is for people who have a history of recurrent depression but are currently well and wanting to find ways of preventing relapse and relating differently to thoughts.

To take part you must;

  • have experience of several episodes of depression
  • not be currently depressed (you may still experience possible residual symptoms)
  • be 18 and over
  • motivated and able to engage in MBCT

We offer groups in many locations; predominantly Exeter with other groups in the East, Mid & North Devon area. The Exeter groups are based on the University of Exeter campus within the Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research and the other groups vary depending on location.

This page will be updated with future groups as and when they are arranged. 

If you would like any further information about these groups please contact the Clinic Coordinator or complete a AccEPT Clinic Referral Form

You can find out more about MBCT and mindfulness approaches via these websites and resources: