Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

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Edited by Christopher K. Germer, Edited by Ronald D. Siegel, Edited by Paul R. Fulton

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Hardback | 333 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 26mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 20 April 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1593851391
  • ISBN 13: 9781593851392
  • Sales rank: 125,255

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Responding to growing interest among psychotherapists of all theoretical orientations, this practical book provides a comprehensive introduction to mindfulness and its contemporary clinical applications. The authors, who have been practicing both mindfulness and psychotherapy for decades, present a range of clear-cut procedures for practicing mindfulness techniques and teaching them to patients experiencing depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and other problems. Also addressed are ways that mindfulness practices can increase acceptance and empathy in the therapeutic relationship. The book reviews the philosophical underpinnings of mindfulness and presents compelling empirical findings. User-friendly features include illustrative case examples, practice exercises, and resource listings.

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Christopher K. Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness-based treatment of anxiety and panic. He has been integrating meditation and mindfulness principles into psychotherapy since 1978 and has taken many trips to India to explore the varieties of meditation and yoga. Currently the Director of Continuing Education for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, he is a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School. Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, a member of the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and a longtime student of mindfulness meditation. His personal recovery from disabling back pain led him to develop a mind/n-/body program for treating chronic back pain, incorporating mindfulness techniques. He teaches nationally about mind-body treatment and maintains a private practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel is coauthor of "Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain." Paul R. Fulton, EdD, is the Director of Mental Health for Tufts Health Plan in Massachusetts, a clinical psychologist in private practice, and a forensic psychologist. He received lay ordination as a Zen Buddhist in 1972, and has been a student of psychology and meditation for 35 years. He was the clinical director of a large state psychiatric facility, and later the program director for a private psychiatric hospital. Dr. Fulton is on the board of directors of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and is President of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

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"One of the best books yet on mindfulness and psychotherapy. Well informed, clinically sound, thoughtful, practical, and provocative." - Jack Kornfield, PhD, author of A Path with Heart "A landmark contribution to the emerging field of mindfulness-based interventions in psychology, psychiatry, and medicine. Contributors include psychotherapists with longstanding personal commitments to mindfulness meditation practice and its clinical applications, as well as a neuroscientist and a Buddhist scholar. Comprehensive, accessible, and full of illuminating case studies and mindfulness-based exercises, this book is likely to catalyze interest in mindfulness for years to come. It opens a range of different doors for mental health professionals interested in applying mindfulness in the clinical domain and in the cultivation of well-being, happiness, compassion, and wisdom. It will serve as a useful text in undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in positive psychology, clinical practice, psychotherapy, and human performance." - Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses "A thoughtful exploration of the theory and practice of how mindfulness can be integrated into therapy...The writers make powerful cases for including mindfulness as a part of the work within different therapeutic modalities and with different clients." - Kate Thompson, Therapy Today, February 2008

Table of contents

Part I:The Meaning of Mindfulness. Germer, Mindfulness: What Is It? What Does It Matter? Siegel, Fulton, Buddhist and Western Psychology: Seeking Common Ground. Part II: The Therapy Relationship. Fulton, Mindfulness as Clinical Training. W.D. Morgan, S.T. Morgan, Cultivating Attention and Empathy. Surrey, Relational Psychotherapy, Relational Mindfulness. Part III: Clinical Applications. Germer, Teaching Mindfulness in Therapy. S.P Morgan, Depression: Turning Toward Life. Germer, Anxiety Disorders: Befriending Fear. Siegel, Psychophysiological Disorders: Embracing Pain. Goodman, Working with Children: Beginner's Mind. Lazar, Mindfulness Research. PartIV: Past and Promise. Olendzki, Roots of Mindfulness. Styron, Positive Psychology: Awakening to the Fullness of Life. Appendix A: Resources for the Clinician. Appendix B: Olendzki., Glossary of Terms in Buddhist Psychology.