Meditation for Therapists and their Clients

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Meditation for Therapists and Their Clients offers an in-depth exploration of what meditation is, how to do it, and how to use it.
Meditation is widely accepted today as having many health benefits. An evergrowing body of research reveals that meditation can be a valuable therapeutic tool for particular problems such as stress, depression, and addictions. Neuroscience research has given further evidence by uncovering some of the neural correlates. With promising findings, ...

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Overview

Meditation for Therapists and Their Clients offers an in-depth exploration of what meditation is, how to do it, and how to use it.
Meditation is widely accepted today as having many health benefits. An evergrowing body of research reveals that meditation can be a valuable therapeutic tool for particular problems such as stress, depression, and addictions. Neuroscience research has given further evidence by uncovering some of the neural correlates. With promising findings, psychotherapists can confidently incorporate meditation methods into their practice.
This book is written for health care professionals to provide new methods that can be added into their patients’ treatment regime. Therapists will find meditation personally helpful to sharpen clinical acumen and for personal growth. The book also directly addresses the needs of clients, to help them learn these practices and make them their own. Drawing on a range of meditation tools and techniques—and not favoring any one particular approach—this book explains the principles of meditation to therapists, and demonstrates how to utilize these principles in psychotherapeutic work with clients.

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Editorial Reviews

Allen K. Hess
“[A] well-written, enjoyable guide to meditation….This book is invaluable.”
Jeffrey K. Zeig
“The Simpkins offer a comprehensive, practical path that shows how meditation facilitates growth and development.”
Ernest Lawrence Rossi
“This wise and wonderful volume provides a thoughtful introduction to Eastern and Western perspectives on…cultivation of mind and meditation.”
Michael D. Yapko
“Methods presented here are worthy of careful study….innovative and valuable book.”
NAAP News
“[C]omplete, clear, and valuable book.”
Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
“We should all have this book in our offices. I really recommend it.”
PsycCritiques
“The authors use clear and simple language, are generous with photos and figures that demonstrate their techniques and points…and provide a balance of “how-to” with support for their contentions….useful information for both professionals and therapy clients.... I would (and will) recommend it to my clients and colleagues.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393705652
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,475,336
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Alexander Simpkins, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice, and, with Annellen M. Simpkins, is the author of twenty-four books. Together they study and research mind and brain, teach meditation and hypnosis in seminars and workshops, and live in San Diego.

Annellen M. Simpkins, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice who with her husband C. Alexander Simpkins specializes in study and research of mind and brain. Together they teach widely on meditation and hypnosis, have written twenty-four books, and live in San Diego.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I The Source: East and West 9

1 Opening to Meditation 13

2 The Great Meditation Traditions 19

3 Scientific Efficacy and Neuroscience Research 42

Part II The Elements: Tools and Techniques 61

4 Mobilizing Motivation 67

5 Developing the Tools 75

6 Breathing: Unifying Mind and Body 90

7 One-Pointed Awareness and Concentration 99

8 The Eightfold Path: The Method to Travel 108

9 Mindfulness: Of Body, Emotions, and Thoughts 121

10 Working with Qi: Activating and Centering 132

11 Engaging the Symbolic Through Mandalas and Mantras 149

12 Empty the Mind 161

13 Meditation Through Ritual and Art 169

Part III Balance in the Void: Applying Meditation 181

14 Transforming Through Emotions and Moods 188

15 The Way to Stress Reduction 212

16 Beyond Fear and Anxiety 232

17 Overcoming Addictions and Impulse Problems 251

18 Loving Relationships: Couples and Families 272

19 Enlightened Therapy: Facilitating the Meditative Process 290

References 301

Index 315

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2009

    A comprehensive, practical path!

    The Simpkins offer a comprehensive, practical path that shows how meditation facilitates growth and development, and can be an essential route to change. This book places meditation at the forefront of contemporary psychotherapy. Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD, Director, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2009

    This book is invaluable!

    We are fortunate that the Simpkins were able to put their rich experience into such a well-written, enjoyable guide to meditation. This book can be used to supplement and deepen the effects of psychoanalysis, to increase behavioral treatments' efficacy, and to enhance a person's ability to more fully acess their self-awareness and human potentialities. Allen K. Hess, PhD, Department of Psychology, Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, AL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2009

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    Helpful for applying meditation therapeutically and for self improvement

    I have been involved in psychotherapy for some time. I am always looking for ways to help the process along. This book is a VERY helpful guide! I had never tried meditation before, but had heard it could be helpful. Well, it is, and this book really made it possible for me!! I not only feel calmer and happier, but I am also able to know myself better and access feelings if needed during therapy.
    First, the book really explained about meditation research. I never knew that meditation has so much scientific evidence for how it helps to change your brain and your mind. I found all the meditation methods that were included gave me a chance to try different things and use what worked best for me. And I especially liked the applications to problems. I was able to use specific methods to help me. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is trying to improve their lives! And, by the way, my therapist liked it too and will be recommending it!

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