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Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy : Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

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Bringing together leading scholars, scientists, and clinicians, this compelling volume explores how therapists can cultivate wisdom and compassion in 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. The book includes a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.show more

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  • Hardback | 407 pages
  • 160.02 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 703.06g
  • Guilford Publications
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1462503764
  • 9781462503766
  • 208,070

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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.show more

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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 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, CPsych, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada "A rich introduction to--and rigorous exploration of--the current dynamic convergence of Buddhist psychology and Western psychotherapy. Thoughtful and eminently practical, this timely volume will be a key reference for counselors and psychotherapists, and is also important reading for students preparing for careers in the field. It will serve those looking for ways to offer the fruits of their personal mindfulness practice to their clients and colleagues."--Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Lovingkindness "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, PhD, Nevada Foundation Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno "With this enlightening volume, Germer and Siegel bring the dialogue between contemporary psychotherapy and Buddhist psychology to a new level, proposing that compassion and wisdom--like mindfulness--are capacities that can be deliberately cultivated to promote health and well-being. Enlisting contributions from fields as diverse as neuroscience, theology, trauma studies, and positive psychology, Germer and Siegel have put together a book that is stimulating, scholarly, and, above all, clinically relevant. This book illuminates fresh directions and resources for psychotherapy, bringing an inspiring sense of possibility to the 'impossible profession.'"--David J. Wallin, PhD, private practice, Mill Valley and Albany, California "This book examines the nature of wisdom and compassion in psychotherapy from every conceivable perspective. Buddhist psychology, neurobiological foundations, psychological research, and clinical applications all receive thoughtful and comprehensive treatment. Clinicians, scholars, teachers, and students interested in the alleviation of human suffering will appreciate this volume, especially its emphasis on the cultivation of mindfulness and loving-kindness skills as paths toward the wisdom and compassion that are so essential to effective psychotherapy."--Ruth A. Baer, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Kentuckyshow more

About Christopher K. Germer

Christopher K. Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion-based treatment. He has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978. Dr. Germer is Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, is coeditor (with Ronald D. Siegel and Paul R. Fulton) of the professional book Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and is author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions. Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught since 1984. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Dr. Siegel teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind-body treatment, while maintaining a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He is author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems and coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.show more

Table of contents

Foreword, His Holiness the Dalai Lama Introduction, Christopher K. Germer and Ronald D. Siegel I. What Are Wisdom and Compassion? Why Should We Care? 1. Wisdom and Compassion: Two Wings of a Bird, Ronald D. Siegel and Christopher K. Germer 2. Mindful Presence: A Foundation for Compassion and Wisdom, Tara Brach 3. Building Lives of Compassion and Wisdom, Barbara L. Fredrickson II. The Meaning of Compassion 4. Compassion in Buddhist Psychology, John Makransky 5. The Compassionate Therapist, Elissa Ely 6. The Science of Self-Compassion, Kristin D. Neff 7. Cultivating Compassion in Psychotherapy, Christopher K. Germer 8. The Neurobiology of Compassion, Richard J. Davidson III. The Meaning of Wisdom 9. Wisdom in Buddhist Psychology, Andrew Olendzki 10. The Wise Psychotherapist, Ronald D. Siegel 11. The Science of Wisdom: Implications for Psychotherapy, Robert J. Sternberg 12. The Wisdom of Connection, Janet Surrey and Judith V. Jordan 13. Self and No-Self in Psychotherapy, Jack Engler and Paul R. Fulton 14. Neurobiological Foundations of Wisdom, Thomas W. Meeks, B. Rael Cahn, and Dilip V. Jeste IV. Clinical Applications 15. Wisdom, Compassion, and Suicidal Patients, Marsha M. Linehan and Anita Lungu 16. Substance Abuse and Relapse Prevention, G. Alan Marlatt, Sarah Bowen, and M. Kathleen B. Lustyk 17. Anxiety Disorders: Acceptance, Compassion, and Wisdom, Lizabeth Roemer and Susan M. Orsillo 18. Depression: Suffering in the Flow of Life, Paul Gilbert 19. Working with Trauma: Mindfulness and Compassion, John Briere 20. The Heart of Couple Therapy, Richard Borofsky and Antra K. Borofsky V. In and Around the Consultation Room 21. Mindful Parenting as a Path to Wisdom and Compassion, Trudy Goodman, Susan Kaiser Greenland, and Daniel J. Siegel 22. Drawing on the Wisdom of Religious Traditions in Psychotherapy, Kenneth I. Pargament and Carol Ann Faigin 23. Compassion and Wisdom: Growing through Ethics, Stephanie P. Morganshow more