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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: With cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) so entrenched in psychotherapists' offices, it's not surprising to see variations of this approach growing in popularity. Mindfulness-based therapies offer a twist to the traditional CBT approach and this book provides a guide to these approaches.
Purpose: The aim of this book is to bring together different mindfulness- and acceptance-based practices within a CBT context and present a practical framework for implementing these therapeutic methods.
Audience: Mental health professionals and paraprofessionals, as well as students learning psychotherapy, are an appropriate audience. The authors are involved in clinical research on the use of these approaches in various disorders.
Features: For readers unfamiliar with acceptance-based therapies, the introductory chapter begins with a review of these approaches, as well as a review of the scientific literature supporting their use. The next few chapters help to revisit tenets of CBT, as well as the unique contribution of an acceptance-based approach. There are practical suggestions throughout the book, such as guidance in assessment, how to introduce acceptance-based approaches, structure of the session, and assignments. Handouts and measures are included, along with a copyright provision for the reproduction of these in professional use. After the discussion of these specific topics, chapters help to bring the pieces together and then to monitor progress and prevent relapse. This is not seen as a solitary approach and there is a chapter regarding the incorporation of other strategies. The book concludes with a reflective chapter on multicultural considerations, always a welcome addition to psychotherapy work. The references are pertinent and current.
Assessment: An appropriately practical book, this latest addition to the psychotherapy literature will be helpful to readers of all levels exploring mindfulness- and acceptance-based therapies. Whereas the book is more structured than The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness, Williams, et al. (Guilford, 2007), it is not quite as engaging and doesn't draw the reader in. The structured versus narrative, exploratory approach will likely be a personal preference for readers, but either book is recommended.