A study published in the special Research Topic on Metaognitive Therapy in Frontiers of Psychology finds that the Attention Training Technique is associated with neurophysiological changes consistent with enhanced executive functioning. Click here for the full article
The Metacognitive therapy institute (MCT-I) is an international mental health company founded by leading experts in the field of metacognitive therapy (MCT) and cognitive therapy (CBT). The company’s director and head office is based in Manchester, UK.The other branch is established in Trondheim, Norway.
The main purpose of the company is to develop and disseminate effective psychological treatments to people suffering from psychological disorders. We also develop and provide resources for mental health workers and therapists and offer training workshops to develop high competency skills as protocol therapists in MCT and CBT. We aim to develop a network of MCT-I certified clinicians who are competent MCT practitioners and able to deliver effective treatment to patients with anxiety disorders, trauma, depression and personality disorders. MCT is a regulated therapy and should only be delivered by an MCT-I registered therapists. See our registered therapists page to find an MCT-I registered therapist near you.
The MCT-institute works in accordance with the guidelines and ethical codes of the health authorities in the UK and EU in research and treatment. Only cognitive oriented treatments that are evidence-based for the various mental health disorders are supervised and disseminated.
Metacognitive Therapy for Anxiety and Depression
by Adrian Wells
MCT is an effective and regulated evidence based psychotherapy. It requires standardised professional training to become an MCT Institute registered therapist. To find a registered therapist see our registered therapist page.
ATTENTION TRAINING TECHNIQUE (ATT) Guidance Notes
Attention Training Technique (ATT) is a specific treatment technique developed by Wells (1990) for use in metacognitive therapy. Whilst this technique was originally developed to be a component of treatment, experimental studies have suggested that it can in some instances have significant beneficial effects on anxiety and depression when practiced in its own right. However, we recommend that ATT is used in the context of a full metacognitive therapy treatment package for optimal effects.
Identifying Psychological Problems
The most reliable and objective way of determining the nature and cause of symptoms is through a complete diagnostic assessment. The first visit should be to the family doctor. There are many medical conditions that can give rise to depression, anxiety-like or other psychological symptoms and it is important to rule-out medical or biological causes before exploring a psychological explanation. Some medical conditions require urgent specialist treatment.
A clinical trial just published in British Journal of Psychiatry Open finds MCT to be more effective than gold standard CBT in the treatment of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). The results add to a growing body of trials suggesting MCT may be considered the treatment of choice for
Research highlight: Carter & Wells (2018) evaluated the use of the attention training technique on auditory hallucinations in schizo-affective disorder in a single case study. The study tested the impact of ATT on frequency and duration of hallucination using a repeated return to baseline followed