Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition

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Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition
Christopher K. Germer, Ronald D. Siegel, and Paul R. Fulton, Editors.
Guilford Press, July 2013


Book Description


This 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.
New to This Edition

  • Incorporates significant empirical advances—mindfulness has become one of the most-researched areas in psychotherapy.
  • Most chapters extensively revised or rewritten.
  • Chapters on practical ethics, trauma, and addictions.
  • Greater emphasis on the role of acceptance and compassion in mindfulness.

Part I offers a concise, clinically oriented introduction to mindfulness meditation and Buddhist psychology, exploring their connections to contemporary psychotherapeutic theory and practice, and what may lie beyond. Chapters in Part II shine a spotlight on the therapeutic relationship, showing how cultivating mindfulness can increase acceptance and empathy and give patientsand therapists a new sense of emotional freedom. Part III then details innovative applications for specific problems and populations. Bringing their approaches to life with vivid case examples, contributors show how mindfulness can give the clinician additional traction in understanding and treating depression, anxiety disorders, and chronic pain. Also included is a special chapter on working with children. Following a review of relevant clinical research, Part IV outlines the historical underpinnings of mindfulness and looks ahead to the future of this fast-growing and immensely promising field.




"From Buddhist psychology, to the latest brain research, to the uses of mindfulness across a spectrum of conditions, the editors and contributors cover it all. This book offers a comprehensive, accessible, and authoritative guide to integrating mindfulness into psychotherapy. I particularly appreciate the new material on compassion and practical ethics in the second edition."

-John D. Teasdale, PhD, Cambridge, United Kingdom

"The book weaves a comprehensive narrative regarding mindfulness, its relevance for therapeutic relationships, and its application in clinical settings. It is truly valuable for clinicians who wish to introduce mindfulness concepts to help patients reduce their suffering. The book is rich with practical techniques that can be readily applied with patients, and provides specific recommendations for introducing mindfulness to different populations. An exceptional tool for clinicians."

-Stuart J. Eisendrath, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

"At this time of dynamic exploration of the relationship between Western psychology and Buddhist mindfulness meditation practices, this second edition of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy is most welcome. A wide range of readers—therapists, psychology students, researchers, and others seeking to better understand mindfulness—will find themselves referring to this volume again and again."

-Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Lovingkindness

"Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition, weaves together the rigor of science, the wisdom of reflection, and years of clinical experience, offering a wealth of ideas and practices that have the power to transform our understanding of psychotherapy."

-Shauna L. Shapiro, PhD, Department of Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University

"If the reader is new to the concept of 'mindfulness,' this book is a wonderful place to introduce himself or herself to the possibilities of mindfulness within his or her own life and therapy practice. If mindfulness is already familiar to the reader, this book is a wonderful collection of reference materials that can be easily navigated and used."

-PsycCRITIQUES (on the first edition)

"Of particular interest to social workers may be the review of diverse applications of mindfulness to clinical practice....The editors of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy have successfully accomplished what they set out to do in an inviting and hopeful manner, contributing meaningfully to the psychotherapeutic literature, while hinting at an untold number of possibilities in practice and research for successive clinicians."

-Smith College Studies in Social Work (on the first edition)

"The editors and authors of this volume effectively demonstrate the use of mindfulness meditation techniques as a viable means for addressing clinician and client issues. Not only do they provide an information-dense collection of chapters representing numerous applications of mindfulness strategies, but they also present the information in a delightful conversant style that gently emanates an embracing warmth for the reader."

-Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (on the first edition)

"Focuses on the benefits of mindfulness practice for the therapist as well as the patient, and it includes specific mindfulness exercises."

-Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic (on the first edition)