Mindful Sport Performance Podcast

Ep. 47: Mindfulness & Depression with Dr. Zindel Segal

September 30, 2022 Dr. Keith Kaufman & Dr. Tim Pineau Season 4 Episode 2
Mindful Sport Performance Podcast
Ep. 47: Mindfulness & Depression with Dr. Zindel Segal
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Show Notes

In this episode, Dr. Zindel Segal joins the conversation.

Dr. Segal is a distinguished professor of psychology in mood disorders at the University of Toronto - Scarborough. He has pioneered the use of mindfulness meditation  for promoting wellness in the area of mood disorders and been funded continuously through the National Institute of Mental Health and the Canadian Institute of Health Research for the past 15 years. He is the author of over ten books and more than 200 publications, including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, The Mindful Way Through Depression, and The Mindful Way Workbook. Dr. Segal continues to advocate for the relevance of mindfulness-based clinical care in psychiatry and mental health.

Dr. Segal begins the episode with a breathing space meditation.  Then Keith, Tim, and Dr. Segal have a conversation about:

[11:25] - The difference between Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

[16:21] - Eastern origins of mindfulness and the intentional decision to keep those separate from MBCT

[20:55] - The neuroscience of mindfulness and depression

[33:00] - Cultivating curiosity and kindness instead of aversion and judgement toward inner experiences

[35:34] - The efficacy and delivery of virtual MBCT interventions

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Books Mentioned

The Mindful Way Through Depression

The Mindful Way Workbook

Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement

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