Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practiceby Christopher K. Germer
Pub. Date: 04/09/2012
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Although wisdom and compassion are seldom discussed in the mental health literature, few would disagree that these qualities are important elements of all good treatment. But what exactly is wisdom? What is compassion? What is their relationship to psychological well-being, suffering, and psychotherapeutic change? Bringing together leading scholars, scientists, and
Although wisdom and compassion are seldom discussed in the mental health literature, few would disagree that these qualities are important elements of all good treatment. But what exactly is wisdom? What is compassion? What is their relationship to psychological well-being, suffering, and psychotherapeutic change? Bringing together leading scholars, scientists, and clinicians, this volume integrates insights from ancient contemplative practices and modern research. It presents powerful methods that therapists can use to cultivate wisdom and compassion in themselves and their clients.
Seamlessly edited, the book features numerous practical exercises and rich case examples. It illuminates the nature of wisdom and compassion both for therapists new to this area and those already familiar with mindfulness- and acceptance-based practices. Chapters examine whether these qualities can be measured objectively, what they look like in the therapy relationship, and how to integrate them into treatment planning and goal setting. Emphasis is given to how wisdom and compassion allow us to overcome experiential avoidance--to tolerate, accept, and even grow from suffering. Effective strategies are provided for addressing specific clinical challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, suicidal behavior, couple conflict, and parenting stress. Innovative clinical techniques are described and the theory and research that supports them is summarized. The book also probes the neurobiological foundations of wisdom and compassion, including compelling findings on the effects of mindfulness meditation on the brain.
Engaging, accessible, and inspiring, this volume is essential reading for clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, family therapists, and counselors. Its strong research base and practical, real-world focus also make it a useful text for graduate-level psychotherapy courses.
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Table of Contents
Foreword, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Introduction, Christopher K. Germer and Ronald D. Siegel
I. What Are Wisdom and Compassion? Why Should We Care?
1. Wisdom and Compassion: Two Wings of a Bird, Ronald D. Siegel and Christopher K. Germer
2. Mindful Presence: A Foundation for Compassion and Wisdom, Tara Brach
3. Building Lives of Compassion and Wisdom, Barbara L. Fredrickson
II. The Meaning of Compassion
4. Compassion in Buddhist Psychology, John Makransky
5. The Compassionate Therapist, Elissa Ely
6. The Science of Self-Compassion, Kristin D. Neff
7. Cultivating Compassion in Psychotherapy, Christopher K. Germer
8. The Neurobiology of Compassion, Richard J. Davidson
III. The Meaning of Wisdom
9. Wisdom in Buddhist Psychology, Andrew Olendzki
10. The Wise Psychotherapist, Ronald D. Siegel
11. The Science of Wisdom: Implications for Psychotherapy, Robert J. Sternberg
12. The Wisdom of Connection, Janet Surrey and Judith V. Jordan
13. Self and No-Self in Psychotherapy, Jack Engler and Paul R. Fulton
14. Neurobiological Foundations of Wisdom, Thomas W. Meeks, B. Rael Cahn, and Dilip V. Jeste
IV. Clinical Applications
15. Wisdom, Compassion, and Suicidal Patients, Marsha M. Linehan and Anita Lungu
16. Substance Abuse and Relapse Prevention, G. Alan Marlatt, Sarah Bowen, and M. Kathleen B. Lustyk
17. Anxiety Disorders: Acceptance, Compassion, and Wisdom, Lizabeth Roemer and Susan M. Orsillo
18. Depression: Suffering in the Flow of Life, Paul Gilbert
19. Working with Trauma: Mindfulness and Compassion, John Briere
20. The Heart of Couple Therapy, Richard Borofsky and Antra K. Borofsky
V. In and Around the Consultation Room
21. Mindful Parenting as a Path to Wisdom and Compassion, Trudy Goodman, Susan Kaiser Greenland, and Daniel J. Siegel
22. Drawing on the Wisdom of Religious Traditions in Psychotherapy, Kenneth I. Pargament and Carol Ann Faigin
23. Compassion and Wisdom: Growing through Ethics, Stephanie P. Morgan
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