Mindfulness for Therapists
Practice for the Heart
Routledge – 2014 – 192 pages
In order to help clients use mindfulness practices in their own lives, therapists need to have more than just an intellectual understanding of the field. Mindfulness for Therapists helps therapists develop their own mindfulness practice and teaches techniques that will help them deal with the stress and weariness that can result from the emotionally difficult work of therapy. It is the first book to address the ways in which a mindfulness practice can help therapists treat clients who have focused concerns, and help therapists deal with their own stress and burnout as well.
Chapter 1: Introduction
This chapter asks how life, and the practice of therapy, can be more satisfying. To answer this, the author tells of how his practice of mindfulness and work as a psychotherapist gradually became integrated, and how this integration changed his practice.
Chapter 2: What is Mindfulness and How Does It Help?
In this chapter mindfulness is defined and distinguished from other states that are associated with “meditation,” such as relaxation and hypnosis. The author will also present recent findings from neuroscience about the way mindfulness affects the brain and cognitive processes.
Chapter 3: Starting with a Foundation of Compassion
Mindfulness is introduced with practices specifically designed to cultivate compassion for two reasons: to help the therapist develop compassion for himself, and for his client.
Chapter 4: Connecting with the Body
This chapter will focus on the first foundation of mindfulness: mindfulness of the body. Aside from demonstrating how to perform this practice, the author will expand upon how it will help therapists and be useful to their practice.
Chapter 5: A Map of Inner Experience
This chapter will focus specifically on how to avoid negative thinking and outside stimuli, in order to provide clients with the most amounts of attention and focus possible.
Chapter 6: Formal and Informal Mindfulness Practices
This chapter will look at various ways t formally practice mindfulness and to bring medication into readers’ daily lives.
Chapter 7: Being a Meditating Therapist
Here the author will discuss the three major ways in which therapists can bring what they learned about meditation and incorporate it into their practices.