Individual Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Illness and Cancer MBCT Coaching or 8-week Course


When: 1-1 Weekly start dates and times
Teacher: Kathy Ward
Course Cost: Coaching €70 per hour. 8-week MBCT course €495. Free no-obligation call to discuss if this is the right time and right support for you.


I live with Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia CLL, and while on the so-called “watch and wait” not requiring treatment, I do have to manage symptoms and worry about test results and specialist appointments.

I have found that mindfulness has helped me practice acceptance, and as best I can, offer myself kindness towards each moment. It’s not always easy, however, it is better than creating extra struggle with automatic negative thoughts (or ANTS, they can easily creep in under the radar!) 

I am 1-1, meaning that what works for me, may not be right for you. However, this Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy MBCT for chronic illness or those living with cancer course gently guides you through practices that focus on teaching how to make simple yet radical shifts in your relationship to thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, even if there is little or nothing that you can do to change the experiences or conditions themselves.

The course was developed by Trish Bartley, a cancer survivor herself, and I trained with her a couple of years ago as both my Mum and Dad died of cancer, and I wanted to support others. She is the author of several books including Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Cancer,

The MBCT course and Mindful Coaching I offer include the invitation to gently turn towards what is present in this very moment within your window of tolerance allowing you to see what is really there. Skills are also developed so that when needed, you can redirect the attention to a neutral anchor. In this way, as best you can cultivating curiosity and kindness asking “what is called for now?” “how can I be kind to myself?”

Kindness is a quality within mindfulness that has the manner of profound friendliness. Unlike some forms of love, it needs nothing back.
Trish Bartley. Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer p167

Depending on your needs, support can either be through Mindful Coaching, or the 8-week MBCT ca course.

Please note: The courses are not intended for treatment of medical or psychological disorders. It is also not suitable for those newly diagnosed with cancer or other chronic illness and who are currently experiencing severe problems in these areas. Please please contact me to discuss your particular circumstances, so that together we can explore if it is the right time for you to take part.

The 8-week MBCT course for the general public is based on the original work of Zindel V. Segal, J. Mark G. Williams and John D. Teasdale.

The 8-week MBCT for Cancer Gently Turning Towards course is based on the original work of the wonderful Trish Bartley.