“Monks, I do not say that the attainment of gnosis is all at once. Rather, the attainment of gnosis is after gradual training, gradual action, gradual practice. And how is there the attainment of gnosis after gradual training, gradual action, gradual practice? There is the case where, when conviction has arisen, one visits (a teacher). Having visited, one grows close. Having grown close, one lends ear. Having lent ear, one hears the Dhamma. Having heard the Dhamma, one remembers it. Remembering, one penetrates the meaning of the teachings. Penetrating the meaning, one comes to an agreement through pondering the teachings. There being an agreement through pondering the teachings, desire arises. When desire has arisen, one is willing. When one is willing, one contemplates. Having contemplated, one makes an exertion. Having made an exertion, one realizes with the body the ultimate truth and, having penetrated it with discernment, sees it.”

– Kīṭāgiri Sutta  (MN 70)

About the Program

Mindfulness-based Therapy & Counseling or MBTC is a mental health program that integrates the essential and invaluable elements of Buddhist mindfulness (sati) and concentration (samadhi) practice and fosters vital life skills for the mitigation and eventual treatment of stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, and other mental health problems. 

Program Developer and Designer

The Advisor Group of the Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Public Health of Thailand, led by its Chief and Advisor, Yongyud Wongpiromsarn, M.D., developed the MBTC program and initiated the training course for MBTC therapists in 2014. 

Sessions of the Program

The MBTC program is composed of eight sessions conducted within eight weeks. Each session runs for about 90 to 120 minutes depending on the pace of the client. During the course of the program, the client is expected to comply and develop a self-practice routine to strengthen their skills and prepare them for the succeeding sessions. In every session, the client will learn a new technique and receive self-practice homework from the therapist. The eight sessions are:

  1. Stress and Anxiety Management
  2. Mindful Living
  3. Learning to “Let Go” of Emotions
  4. Learning to “Let Go” of Thoughts
  5. Developing Better Relationships
  6. Improving Communication Skills
  7. Cultivating Compassion and Forgiveness
  8. Life Has To Go On

Commitment of MBTC Therapists

MBTC therapists are required to devote themselves to the practice of mindfulness, concentration, meditation, and other cultivation-related techniques as routine activities in their daily life. In this way, MBTC therapists are an exemplar of the practice itself and they continue to develop their discernment in understanding the client’s concerns and predicaments to effectively help them resolve these.