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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan Richardson, MA, PsyD (Private Practice)
Description: This is a book for therapists who wish to incorporate mindfulness and/or Buddhist principles into their work.
Purpose: The editors write that the book is about awareness, meta-awareness, and how these impact therapists and can affect emotional healing in psychotherapy patients. The goals of the book are met easily in this very readable book that offers psychotherapists another perspective to augment their clinical skills.
Audience: The book is written primarily for therapists by psychologists. Therapists with no previous knowledge of Buddhist theory will find it accessible, and it is ideal for the novice. The editors are clinicians who have a combined 75 years of experience in their field.
Features: Their aim is to provide a basic understanding of Buddhist principles expanded into psychotherapy. Following the introductory chapters, the editors have selected more specific topics in mental health, e.g. depression, anxiety, and describe the application of mindfulness in the treatment of these patients. It is a good clinical resource, inasmuch as it can be consulted on a case by case basis. Additionally, the book serves as a good primer on Buddhist theory and mindfulness in general, with terrific appendixes that illuminate resources and basic Buddhist ideology.
Assessment: Mindfulness is compared to other current theories and psychological interventions at many points. Acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectic behavior therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy are all contrasted with the mindfulness approach. It is a well researched book that provides good tools for the clinician who is not overly wed to more traditional Western theory.