Research MBCL

The efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living was studied in an RCT by professor Anne Speckens’ team at Radboud University, the Netherlands. MBCL was offered to people with recurrent depression, who had previously followed MBCT. Results show a significant reduction in depressive symptoms and significant increases in self-compassion, mindfulness and quality of life. Improvement continued at follow-up.

Click here for free access to the article by Rhoda Schuling et al – free access until July 7th 2020!


A Swiss pilot study of an MBCL-based online programme among self-referring individuals with high levels of self-criticism, showed a significant increase in mindfulness, self-compassion, reassuring self and satisfaction with life; and a significant decrease in inadequate self, hated self, perceived stress and fear of compassion (Krieger, Martig, Van den Brink & Berger, 2016). Results correlated with time spent in the programme and were maintained at six-week follow-up.


A recent controlled trial in Switzerland showed significant health benefits in a non-clinical population who followed an online adaptation of MBCL (Krieger et al. 2019). Click here for more information.


Agna Bartels of the Centre for Integrative Psychiatry (CIP) and researchers of the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) have done research on MBCL; the results of their research are published in magazine Mindfulness. Click here to read or download the article.

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