Metacognitive Therapy (MCT)

Metacognitive Therapy (MCT), is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy first developed by Adrian Wells. MCT is founded on the belief that a lot of psychological distress results from how a person responds to negative thoughts and beliefs, rather than the content of those thoughts. MCT is evidence-based and can be used to effectively treat a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, obsessive–compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and depression. The goal of MCT is to first discover what patients believe about their own thoughts and about how their mind works, then to show the patient how these beliefs lead to unhelpful responses to thoughts that serve to unintentionally prolong or worsen symptoms, and finally to provide alternative ways of responding to thoughts in order to allow a reduction of symptoms. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s Metacognitive Therapy experts today.

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Psychoeducation and strengths-based techniques can help clients help themselves. Understanding your own patterns and working on creating new ones, by using our mind's ability to create new pathways is using neuroplasticity to make lasting changes in your life.

— Molly Gales, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA