Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

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Christopher K. Germer, Ronald D. Siegel
Guilford Press, Mar 7, 2012 - Psychology - 407 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part IWhat Are Wisdom and Compassion? Why Should We Care?
5
Two Wings of a Bird
7
A Foundation for Compassion and Wisdom
35
Chapter 3Building Lives of Compassion and Wisdom
48
Part IIThe Meaning of Compassion
59
Chapter 4Compassion in Buddhist Psychology
61
Chapter 5The Compassionate Therapist
75
Chapter 14Neurobiological Foundations of Wisdom
189
Part IVClinical Applications
203
Chapter 15Compassion Wisdom and Suicidal Clients
205
Chapter 16Substance Abuse and Relapse Prevention
221
Acceptance Compassion and Wisdom
234
Suffering in the Flow of Life
249
Mindfulness and Compassion
265
Chapter 20The Heart of Couple Therapy
280

Chapter 6The Science of SelfCompassion
79
Chapter 7Cultivating Compassion in Psychotherapy
93
Chapter 8The Neurobiology of Compassion
111
Part IIIThe Meaning of Wisdom
119
Chapter 9Wisdom in Buddhist Psychology
121
Chapter 10The Wise Psychotherapist
138
Implications for Psychotherapy
154
Chapter 12The Wisdom of Connection
163
Chapter 13Self and NoSelf in Psychotherapy
176
Part VIn and Around the Consultation Room
293
Chapter 21Mindful Parenting as a Pathto Wisdom and Compassion
295
Chapter 22Drawing on the Wisdom of Religious Traditions in Psychotherapy
311
Growing through Ethics
321
References
335
Author Index
379
Subject Index
393
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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.

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