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Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship
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A number of books have explored the ways psychotherapy clients can benefit from learning and practicing mindfulness. This is the first volume to focus specifically on how mindfulness can deepen the therapeutic relationship. Grounded in research, chapters demonstrate how therapists' own mindfulness practice can help them to listen more attentively and be more fully present. Leading proponents of different treatment approaches/m-/including behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems perspectives/m-/illustrate a variety of ways that mindfulness principles can complement standard techniques and improve outcomes by strengthening the connection between therapist and client. Also presented are practical strategies for integrating mindfulness into clinical training.
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I. Theory and Practice1. Cultivating Therapeutic Relationships: The Role of Mindfulness, Steven F. Hick2. The Therapeutic Relationship: Central and Essential in Psychotherapy Outcome, Michael J. Lambert and Witold SimonII. Therapeutic Presence3. The Four Immeasurable Minds: Preparing to Be Present in Psychotherapy, Thomas Bien4. Anatta: Self, Non-Self, and the Therapist, Paul R. Fulton5. Mindfulness and Empathy: A Hermeneutic Circle, Russell A. WalshIII. Therapeutic Presence in Different Types of Treatment6. Mindfulness, Values, and Therapeutic Relationship in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Kelly G. Wilson and Emily K. Sandoz7. Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Substance Abusers: Therapist Training and Therapeutic Relationships, G. Alan Marlatt, Sarah Bowen, Neha Chawla, and Katie Witkiewitz8. Mindfulness, Metacommunication, and Affect Regulation in Psychoanalytic Treatment, Jeremy D. Safran and Romy Reading9. Relational Mindfulness and Dialogic Space in Family Therapy, Mishka Lysack IV. Teaching and Listening 10. Meditation: A Universal Tool for Cultivating Empathy, Shauna L. Shapiro and Christin D. Izett11. Inviting Therapeutic Presence: A Mindfulness-Based Approach, Diane Gehart and Eric E. McCollum12. Cultivating Mindfulness in Relationship: Insight Dialogue and the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program, Gregory Kramer, Florence Meleo-Meyer, and Martha Lee Turner13. Mindful Listening for Better Outcomes, Rebecca Shafir Epilogue, Steven F. Hick and Thomas Bien

About the Author

Edited by Steven F. Hick, PhD, School of Social Work, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Thomas Bien, PhD, in private practice, Albuquerque, NM, USA

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"We have long known that a powerful therapeutic relationship is a key to success in therapy. This book begins to show how we can use ancient wisdom to cultivate that relationship." - Steven C. Hayes, Nevada Foundation Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, USA "Leading scholars from diverse orientations address mindfulness and the therapeutic relationship with regard to issues of definition, measurement, treatment, and training. The result is a significant contribution to the literature - one that will be greatly appreciated by clinical practitioners, researchers, graduate students, and instructors." - J. Christopher Muran, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, and Psychotherapy Research Program, Beth Israel Medical Center, USA

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