Zen Meditation in Psychotherapy: Techniques for Clinical Practice
—from Zen Meditation in Psychotherapy
A thoughtful and pragmatic guide for integrating Zen meditation into traditional psychotherapy
Grounded in both neuroscientific and clinical evidence that supports the use of Zen meditation to improve clients' mental health, this inspiring "how-to" guide encourages creative use of its techniques to suit your personal therapeutic style as well as your clients' needs.
Zen Meditation in Psychotherapy provides you with methods that can be seamlessly integrated into ongoing treatments for a broad range of psychological problems, as well as with ways to enhance your own life, both professionally and personally.
General protocol for integrating meditation into treatments at every phase
Applying meditation for problems such as depression, anger, addiction, and weight management
Meditative ways to reduce anxiety, stress, and burnout
Meditative training to enhance therapeutic sensitivities
Filled with vivid case examples and writings from traditional texts, modern interpretations, meditation research, and illustrative legends, Zen Meditation in Psychotherapy encourages a therapeutic process in which clients move their attention from outside concerns to inner mindfulness. With a range of techniques that embrace the diversity and uniqueness of clients, this book offers methods and tools for seeing feelings and problems directly and objectively, which can lead to a profound shift in perspective.
Part I Research and Efficacy
1 The Psychology of Meditation and Its Efficacy for Clinical Practice 3
2 Neuroscience Findings: How Meditation Can Change the Brain 19
Part II What Is Zen?
3 Zen Traditions 35
4 Zen Philosophy 59
5 Zen Practices 73
Part III Overcoming Clients’ Suffering
6 The Way of Zen Therapy: Following the Path for Treatment 97
7 Regulating Affect for Anger and Depression 113
8 Dissolving Anxiety and Trauma 135
9 Taming Impulse for Addiction and Weight Management 153
10 Fostering Loving Relationships 171
Part IV Facilitating Therapists
11 Relieving Stress and Burnout 193
12 Developing Acumen 209
Conclusion: Living Life as an Art 223
Appendix: A Quick Tour Through the Brain 227
—Michele Ritterman, Ph.D., Author of Using Hypnosis in Family Therapy and The Tao of a Woman
"Finally, a book that not only gives us the latest scientific
evidence about the benefits of meditation for clinician and
clients, but details specific and practical ways to bring the
meditation process to bear on the common problems brought to
therapy. The Simpkins have written an accessible book on applying
Zen methods of focus and insight in therapy, sprinkled with stories
to engage, illuminate and inspire."
—Bill O'Hanlon, Bill O'Hanlon is a licensed marriage and family counselor who has been a featured guest on Oprah and is the author of Do One Thing Different
"Meditation and Yoga in Psychotherapy is good
reader-friendly book for both people new to these concepts as well
as the seasoned meditator, yogi or yogini who wants to deepen their
knowledge and practice with clients. The Simpkins are at their best
in describing how everyone can learn to integrate their own brain,
body, and mind to facilitate a creative synchrony of healing and
—Kathryn Lane Rossi, Ph.D., Los Osos, California
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