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Author Tom Bien offers an energizing an expansive perspective. Grounded in his understanding of Buddhist teachings, his book suggests a model of integration of particular value to beginning therapists or those still in training, offering ways in which the therapist can mindfully care for themselves amid the challenges of their practice. Tools useful to clients, as well, are discussed.
Bien sees therapists as practicing in the ancient traditions of various healers of spirit, whose greatest skill and gift to others is, above all, the mindful presence.
Mindful Therapy is comprised of a useful, highly-readable balance of theoretical groundwork, personal experience, case studies, and practice exercises.
|Pt. I||Revisioning the role of the psychotherapist|
|Ch. 1||Envision psychotherapy as a spiritual path||3|
|Ch. 2||Cultivate the spiritual life : freshness, stability, stillness, and freedom||29|
|Pt. II||Buddha as therapist|
|Ch. 3||Mindfulness is the key||51|
|Ch. 4||The stone the builders rejected : suffering and the way out||79|
|Ch. 5||Discover the jewel in your pocket : the antidotes to suffering||109|
|Ch. 6||Look deeply at the nature of reality : the three dharma seals||143|
|Ch. 7||Walk the path of joy, peace, and liberation||165|
|Ch. 8||Working with emotion : Buddhist psychology||189|
|Pt. III||Daily work, daily life|
|Ch. 9||Put it to work||215|
|Ch. 10||A unified vision of life||239|
|App. I||Case example||247|
|App. II||Metaphors used in this book||249|
Posted April 10, 2010