Embodying mindfulness allows both therapists and clients to make the most of treatment sessions. More than just a guide to techniques and benefits, this book provides a comprehensive understanding of mindfulness meditation, and shows how to effectively incorporate mindfulness into every aspect of the therapeutic process. Mindfulness isn’t simply a therapeutic tool that can be used at a specific time. If you’re a psychotherapist interested in implementing mindfulness practices into your therapy sessions, you must first embody a mindful presence yourself. In Mindfulness Meditation in Psychotherapy, psychotherapist Steven Alper presents the mindfulness pyramid model, an easy-to-use reference approach for integrating mindfulness into the very fabric of your therapy sessions—in every action you take. A therapist’s mindfulness practice and the mindful activity during sessions forms the foundation of clients’ mindfulness practice. This practical guide will help demystify mindfulness meditation; elaborate on the psychotherapeutic benefits of practices such as body scan, breath awareness, sitting meditation, and lovingkindness; and offer helpful strategies for teaching formal and informal mindfulness skills to clients. This book conceptualizes and explores the applicability of mindfulness and delves into the many ways in which mindfulness can manifest in psychotherapy. This is a must-have resource for any therapist interested in honing their own mindfulness practice and incorporating mindfulness in treatment sessions.
|Publisher:||New Harbinger Publications|
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About the Author
Steven A. Alper, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and mindfulness practitioner who has taught mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for twenty-four years. He established the first hospital-based MBSR programs in Southern California in 1994 at the University of California, San Diego Department of Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, and in 1995 at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, CA, where he was MBSR program director and senior instructor from 1995-2005. In addition to his private practice, he has taught mindfulness nationally and internationally since 2005 to mental health and health care professionals, as well as in a range of corporate, non-profit, and professional settings.
Table of Contents
1 What Mindfulness Meditation Isn't and Is 10
2 Why Mindfulness in Psychotherapy? 19
3 How Mindfulness Heals 26
4 The Mindfulness Pyramid: An Integrated Model of Mindfulness in Psychotherapy 35
5 The Therapist's Mindfulness Practice as Foundation 51
6 Therapist's Practice: Formal Meditations 64
7 Therapist's Practice: Skills, Inner Capacities, Attitudes, and Perspectives 98
8 Therapist's Practice: Method of Inquiry and Investigation and Mode of Knowing 132
9 Therapist's Practice: Way of Being and Relating to Experience 140
10 Doing Therapy as a Mindfulness Practice 150
11 The Inter subjective Diamond: Accounting for Interbeing 162
12 The Client's Mindfulness Practice 176
Conclusion: Mindfulness in Psychotherapy, Now and in the Future 195
Appendix A Mindfulness Resources 197
Appendix B Meditation Practice Log and Mindfulness Journal 200
Other Relevant Readings 210
Alper resides in San Diego, CA.