Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

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Edited by Christopher K. Germer, Edited by Ronald D. Siegel

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Hardback | 407 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 33mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 17 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1462503764
  • ISBN 13: 9781462503766
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 129,183

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Bringing together leading scholars, scientists, and mindfulness-oriented clinicians, this compelling volume explores how therapists can cultivate wisdom and compassion in both themselves and their clients. Chapters describe how combining insights from ancient contemplative practices and modern research can enhance the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, suicidal behavior, couple conflict, and parenting stress. Seamlessly edited, the book features numerous practical exercises and rich clinical examples. It examines whether wisdom and compassion can be measured objectively, what they look like in the therapy relationship, their role in therapeutic change, and how to integrate them into treatment planning and goal setting.

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Edited by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, and Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD; both at the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, USA

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"I am very happy to see that ancient teachings and practices from the Buddhist tradition can be of benefit today when they are employed by Western scientists and therapists. In today's world, many people turn to psychotherapy to understand what is making them unhappy, and to discover how to live a more meaningful life. I believe that as they come to understand compassion and wisdom more deeply, psychotherapists will be better able to help their patients and so contribute to greater peace and happiness in the world." - From the Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama "The deep message of the movement toward acceptance- and mindfulness-based methods is that the world without and the world within are interlinked. We need to begin to treat ourselves as we would want others to treat us: with kindness, patience, and wise attention. This book explores profound issues and describes powerful new methods for clinical practice that will carry far beyond the doors of our consulting rooms." - Steven C. Hayes, University of Nevada, USA "The essential message of this book is one of hope. Ably guided by the contributors to this important volume, therapists are invited to peer beyond therapeutic tools and techniques and glimpse the vast potential that compassion and wisdom hold for healing and self-transformation." - Zindel V. Segal, PhD, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada

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Although wisdom and compassion are seldom discussed in the mental health literature, few would disagree that these qualities are important elements of all good treatment. But what exactly is wisdom? What is compassion? What is their relationship to psychological well-being, suffering, and psychotherapeutic change? Bringing together leading scholars, scientists, and clinicians, this volume integrates insights from ancient contemplative practices and modern research. It presents powerful methods that therapists can use to cultivate wisdom and compassion in themselves and their clients. Seamlessly edited, the book features numerous practical exercises and rich case examples. It illuminates the nature of wisdom and compassion both for therapists new to this area and those already familiar with mindfulness- and acceptance-based practices. Chapters examine whether these qualities can be measured objectively, what they look like in the therapy relationship, and how to integrate them into treatment planning and goal setting. Emphasis is given to how wisdom and compassion allow us to overcome experiential avoidance--to tolerate, accept, and even grow from suffering. Effective strategies are provided for addressing specific clinical challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, suicidal behavior, couple conflict, and parenting stress. Innovative clinical techniques are described and the theory and research that supports them is summarized. The book also probes the neurobiological foundations of wisdom and compassion, including compelling findings on the effects of mindfulness meditation on the brain. Engaging, accessible, and inspiring, this volume is essential reading for clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, family therapists, and counselors. Its strong research base and practical, real-world focus also make it a useful text for graduate-level psychotherapy courses.

Table of contents

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Foreword. Germer, Siegel, Introduction. Part I: What are Wisdom and Compassion? Why Should We Care? Siegel, Germer, Wisdom and Compassion: Two Wings of a Bird. Brach, Mindful Presence: A Foundation for Compassion and Wisdom. Fredrickson, Building Lives of Compassion and Wisdom. Part II: The Meaning of Compassion. Makransky, Compassion in Buddhist Psychology. Ely, The Compassionate Therapist. Neff, The Science of Self-Compassion. Germer, Cultivating Compassion in Psychotherapy. Davidson, The Neurobiology of Compassion. Part III: The Meaning of Wisdom. Olendzki, Wisdom in Buddhist Psychology. Siegel, The Wise Psychotherapist. Sternberg, The Science of Wisdom: Implications for Psychotherapy. Surrey, Jordan, The Wisdom of Connection. Engler, Fulton, Self and No-self in Psychotherapy. Meeks, Cahn, Jeste, Neurobiological Foundations of Wisdom. Part IV: Clinical Applications. Linehan, Lungu, Suicidal Patients with Complex Disorders. Marlatt, Bowen, Lustyk, Substance Abuse and Relapse Prevention. Roemer, Orsillo, Anxiety Disorders: Acceptance, Compassion, and Wisdom. Gilbert, Depression: Suffering in the Flow of Life. Briere, Working with Trauma: Mindfulness and Compassion. R. Borofsky, A. K. Borofsky, The Heart of Couple Therapy. Part V: In and Around the Consultation Room. Goodman, Kaiser Greenland, Siegel, Mindful Parenting as a Path to Wisdom and Compassion. Pargament, Faigin, Drawing on the Wisdom of Religious Traditions in Psychotherapy. Morgan, Compassion and Wisdom: Growing through Ethics.