The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and training of mental health professionals interested in the integration of mindfulness meditation and psychotherapy, for the purpose of enhancing the therapy relationship, the quality of clinical interventions, and the well-being of the therapist.

First Annual IMP Conference


Returning to Our Roots or Uprooting Tradition? Critical Conflicts in the Interface Between Buddhist and Western Psychology

Lesley University, Brattle Campus (note venue change)

Sherrill Library Rm. 350, 89 Brattle St., Cambridge

Co-sponsored by Lesley University’s Mindfulness Master’s Degree Program and the Division of Counseling and Psychology

9-4PM Saturday September 13, 2014 

$65 for IMP members/$95 for non-members/$25 for students

Meditation and Psychotherapy Blog

Mindfulness and School Stress 

Snow tires in a storm

Susan Pollak


“To sit still and think, without succumbing to an anxious reach for a machine, has become almost impossible,” writes the cultural philosopher Alain de Botton. And this seems to be an even greater challenge for our children. Screen-Free Week is an international event that invites children, families, schools, and communities to turn off their digital entertainment and play, read, daydream, create, and explore with family and friends instead. It’s not about throwing away our devices, but expanding ways to enjoy downtime. Julie Croston, coordinator of Screen- Free/Screen-Wise week at the Cambridge Public Schools, asked me to create a workshop for parents on managing stress, both theirs and their children’s.


Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy

Sitting Together

by Susan M. Pollak, Thomas Pedulla, and Ronald D. Siegel


This practical guide helps therapists from virtually any specialty or theoretical
orientation choose and adapt mindfulness practices most likely to be effective with particular patients, while avoiding those that are contraindicated. The authors provide a wide range of meditations that build the core skills of focused attention, mindfulness, and compassionate acceptance. Vivid clinical examples show how to weave the practices into therapy, tailor them to each patient's needs, and overcome obstacles. Therapists also learn how developing their own mindfulness practice can enhance therapeutic relationships and personal well-being.


The purpose of membership is to provide an organization to support and connect the rapidly growing community of practitioners of meditation and psychotherapy, both locally (the New England Region of US) and globally (through online and affiliate programs). Anyone who shares the mission of IMP to work toward an integration of Buddhist psychology and practice with Western psychotherapy is invited to join. 


IMP Board of Directors

Board of Directors  

Susan M. Pollak, MTS, EdD, President
Trudy Goodman, PhD, Guiding Teacher

Tom Pedulla, LICSW, Secretary
Charles Styron, PsyD, Treasurer
Sara Lazar, PhD, Science Advisor

Doriana Chialant, PhD

Paul Fulton, EdD
Christopher Germer, PhD
Bill Morgan, PsyD

Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS

Andrew Olendzki, PhD

Ronald Siegal, PsyD

Mark Sorensen, PhD
Janet Surrey, PhD
Christopher Willard, PsyD