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.

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. 


Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition

Mindfulness and PsychotherapyThis practical book has given tens of thousands of clinicians and students a comprehensive introduction to mindfulness and its clinical applications. Leading practitioners in the field present clear-cut procedures for implementing 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 describes the philosophical underpinnings of mindfulness and reviews the growing body of treatment studies and neuroscientific research. User-friendly features include illustrative case examples and practice exercises.

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

Paul Fulton, EdD

Christopher Germer, PhD

Nayla Khoury, MD, MPH
Bill Morgan, PsyD

Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS

Andrew Olendzki, PhD

Ronald Siegal, PsyD

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