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Compassion-Focused Therapy
piątek, 04 lutego 2011 22:05

Research into the beneficial effect of developing compassion has advanced enormously in the last ten years, with the development of inner compassion being an important therapeutic focus and goal. This book explains how Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) – a process of developing compassion for the self and others to increase well-being and aid recovery – varies from other forms of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Comprising 30 key points this book explores the founding principles of CFT and outlines the detailed aspects of compassion in the CFT approach. Divided into two parts – Theory and Compassion Practice – this concise book provides a clear guide to the distinctive characteristics of CFT.

Compassion Focused Therapy will be a valuable source for students and professionals in training as well as practising therapists who want to learn more about the distinctive features of CFT.

 
Psychotherapy for Neuropsychological Challenges
piątek, 04 lutego 2011 22:03

From Choice (American Library Association): “In his introduction, Aniskiewicz states his intent to review the nature of several neuropsychological challenges and to offer guidance for treatment of these disorders. He succeeds at both in this inspiring volume…, this is a powerful study of the application of mindfulness to a difficult and chronically challenged population.”

From PsycCRITIQUES (American Psychological Association): “It is the substance of this monumental text that distinguishes it from its contemporaries… Aniskiewicz has masterfully crafted a novel text of broad and enduring appeal to clinicians of varied orientations and degrees of experience… Aniskiewicz details specific treatment strategies for people living with neuropsychological disorders and their caregivers… Mind you, all of this is tendered in the context of research supportive of mindfulness in enhancing the mental health and coping efficacy in individuals with neuropsychological challenges… Aniskiewicz smartly weaves together a seamlessly integrative stance borrowing the best elements of narrative, psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and existential therapies to shape a comprehensive whole. This latter achievement is likely to represent the enduring contribution of this exceptional text.., this colossal achievement…”

"Aniskiewicz’s book, Psychotherapy for Neuropsychological Challenges, is a fine and intelligent book about psychotherapeutic treatment. It is both literate and compassionate… There is also a high degree of experience and sensibility throughout the book that let the reader know that he or she is in the hands off a good clinician… Aniskiewicz's book provides an effective and sophisticated psychotherapeutic view, well informed by his experience, kindness, and wide ranging interests. He identifies and integrates ideas from science, literature, philosophy, and psychology, including psychoanalytic thought, a rare and much appreciated achievement." —The Clinical Neuropsychologist

"An engaging tapestry weaving philosophy, poetry and science that brings the reader closer to understanding the riddles of mind and brain through the eyes of those fighting to regain meaning and purpose as a function of neuropsychological challenges."—Antonio E. Puente, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

"A book that takes us back to the future. As medicine travels with ever-increasing speed to discover the perfect biomedical cure for the many varieties of human illness, it moves further and further away from the impact that these illnesses have on the human condition. The word "suffering" seems to have lost its original meaning and has come to imply that someone has this or that condition. Yet suffering is what brings patients to caregivers and each person suffers in a unique way that is entirely their own. The loss of control over one's body and one's actions causes one person to despair while another may become more determined than ever before. It is not the pill that ultimately makes the difference in a person's life or their suffering--it is what we as caregivers 'wrap' around it that does.

This book is a tour de force. It is a true return to the biopsychosocial model that pioneers like George Engel spoke of fifty years ago. This book addresses not only the neuroanatomical and neuropsysiological deficits that stem from neurological illnesses, but also the impact of these deficits on the coping ability of the individual. This book tells us how to help the individual overcome these deficits and to develop effective coping strategies that help them recover their potential. Most importantly this book tells us not simply how to 'fix' things but how to help people heal."—Sumer Verma, M.D., Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Education Program, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA; lecturer on psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University Medical School.

"This superbly written book offers a thoughtful and compassionate approach to the psychological treatment of patients with neurological disorders. Dr. Aniskiewicz has poignantly captured the struggles that such patients face each day, and he provides a unique perspective on how even the most devastating disabilities can also present opportunities for growth and personal fulfillment. This book is truly inspirational and I would highly recommend it to all health professionals treating patients with chronic medical conditions."—James Blumenthal, Ph.D. ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University Medical Center

"This book provides a compelling argument for a mindfulness-based approach to psychotherapy with a challenging population--patients with neurological disorders and disability. It explains the essentials of typical disorders in a manner informative to both the general psychotherapist and the neuropsychologically initiated. It fills a need for a text that explores the interaction between personality, personal history, illness, disability, and the psychotherapeutic relationship. It does so in language that does not sacrifice clarity for the realistic complexity of people in life-changing circumstances. An instructive, humane, and greatly satisfying book."—Jeffrey E. Evans, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Residential College, University of Michigan

"Psychotherapy is crucial for many neurologically impaired patients, who are emotionally devastated by their condition. Yet until now there has not been a source that the many psychotherapists not expert in neuropsychology could consult. Such a book had to await the rare writer who knows and cares about both fields, someone who could discuss psychotherapy with people suffering the effects of all the "neuropsychological challenges": traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, degenerative dementias, and other conditions. Al Aniskiewicz, a seasoned neuropsychologist and notably compassionate master psychotherapist, is that rare person. And Psychotherapy for Neuropsychological Challenges is a significant contribution that will be read gratefully by psychotherapists of every orientation and level of experience. In carving out new territory it will inevitably inspire new course offerings, thereby broadening the minds of young psychotherapists and widening the populations they serve. "—Donnel B. Stern, Ph.D., Editor, Contemporary Psychoanalysis

 
Mindfulness for Two
piątek, 04 lutego 2011 22:00

Mindfulness for Two is a practical and theoretical guide to the role mindfulness plays in psychotherapy, specifically acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). In the book, author Kelly Wilson carefully defines mindfulness from an ACT perspective and explores its relationship to the six ACT processes and to the therapeutic relationship itself. With unprecedented clarity, he explains the principles that anchor the ACT model to basic behavioral science. The latter half of the book is a practical guide to observing and fostering mindfulness in your clients and in yourself--good advice you can put to use in your practice right away. Wilson, coauthor of the seminal Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, guides you through this sometimes-challenging material with the clarity, humor, and warmth for which he is known around the world. More than any other resource available, Mindfulness for Two gets at the heart of Wilson's unique brand of experiential ACT training.

The book includes a DVD-ROM with more than six hours of sample therapy sessions with a variety of therapists on QuickTime video, DRM-free audio tracks of Wilson leading guided mindfulness exercises, and more.

"Kelly Wilson does a masterful job of framing the many different ways in which a therapist grounded in mindfulness might skillfully nurture greater awareness and self-knowing in his or her clients. His approach is a very creative use of mindfulness within the dyadic relationship, both verbal and non-verbal. Of course, it is impossible to engage authentically without continually listening deeply to and learning from the myriad "dyadic relationships" we have within ourselves, as he so aptly and honestly recounts. This book makes a seminal contribution to the growing literature on ACT and its interface with mindfulness theory and practice."
--Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Letting Everything Become Your Teacher and coauthor of The Mindful Way Through Depression

"This is a book of enormous breadth and depth, a book full of wisdom from an internationally acclaimed clinician and researcher. Wilson builds bridges between therapy traditions in a wonderful way. For those who already teach mindfulness as part of their therapy, this is a must-read. For those who have yet to do so, this book is the best invitation possible."
--Mark Williams, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford and coauthor of The Mindful Way Through Depression

"There is a tremendous change occurring in our collective thinking regarding empirically supported interventions. Mindfulness for Two portends the direction of this change, toward the idea that the scientist, therapist, and client are motivated and affected by the same set of principles. Wilson and DuFrene are insightful, emotionally honest, and pragmatic. This is a refreshing and timely contribution to the therapy process."
--Thomas J. Dishion, Ph.D., director of the Child and Family Center and professor of psychology and school psychology at the University of Oregon

"As a clinical psychologist who applies mindfulness therapy to clients with addictive behavior problems, I highly recommend Wilson's Mindfulness for Two. As stated in the preface, `if you're offended by my speaking directly to you, or if you're unwilling to sit with hard issues, both your own and your clients', this book isn't for you.' But if you want to know how to be more mindful in therapy practice and learn how to help your clients be more aware in the present moment, this book is definitely for you."
--G. Alan Marlatt, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington

"Wilson and DuFrene have provided therapists with the clearest understanding of ACT and mindfulness that I have encountered. They explain the basic theory of emotions and human learning in simple, clear, and understandable prose. Also, I found this book rich in philosophical insights concerning the human condition. Their models of assessment and intervention flow from this basic knowledge and philosophy. This work will help all therapists see a new way to understand and assess their clients' suffering and potential for improving their lives. They will also learn to construct treatment plans to make such a transition."
--Raymond DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., ABPP, professor and chair of the department of psychology at St. John's University

"This book provides the clearest description I've seen of how understanding both mindfulness and behavior analysis contributes to effective therapy. It also provides unique, creative, and powerful exercises to help therapists cultivate mindful awareness of their interactions with their clients to create life-changing conversations."
--Ruth A. Baer, professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky

"In this book, Wilson, an internationally respected therapist, provides an outstanding and innovative overview of new trends in behavior therapy and mindfulness. He shares his insights into the complexities of what happens when we try to use our own minds to heal the minds of others. Beautifully written, clear, and bristling with wisdom from a very experienced therapist, this gem of a book will be a pleasure to read and a source for much reflection and learning."
--Paul Gilbert, author of Overcoming Depression and The Compassionate Mind

"This is an extraordinary book. Wilson speaks to the reader directly and honestly. He uses not only state-of-the-art scientific research but also his own most intimate personal experiences, his considerable clinical wisdom, and even great poetry to explain some of the most technical concepts in modern behavior analysis. Mindfulness for Two is a must-read for both novice clinicians seeking an introductory treatment of modern behavior analytic psychotherapy and for seasoned clinicians who wish to deepen their understanding and skills."
--James D. Herbert, Ph.D., professor of psychology and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University

 
Buddhism for Mothers
niedziela, 20 grudnia 2009 22:41

From Publishers Weekly

Buddhist practitioner Napthali has written an eminently practical book that gives frazzled mothers usable advice and empathy. At a time in their lives when women must balance the pulls of instinct, hormonally charged emotion and familial and social expectations, it is both possible and highly beneficial to practice Buddhism. While Buddhism has a long history of monastic practice and application, its modern expansion into the West has emphasized its relevance to householders. Parenting books are a logical application, though still relatively few in number (e.g. Jacqueline Kramer's Buddha Mom: The Path of Mindful Mothering). In a highly selective culling of teachings, Napthali wisely focuses on maternal mind states and how Buddhism can give a mother insight and literal breathing space before she responds to any parenting situation. The essential Buddhist teaching that all things are impermanent is highly relevant when responding to, for example, a toddler throwing a tantrum in public. The book is perhaps less deep than those written by longtime teachers, as so many Buddhist books are. But precisely because she is not a teacher and is in the midst of mothering, Napthali offers the approachable and authentic perspective of a rank-and-file practitioner who lives the techniques and situations she writes about. This book will be most useful for mothers of young children, providing them spiritual resources at a life stage when women need all the help they can get.

 

Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 

 
Buddhist Psychology
niedziela, 20 grudnia 2009 22:40

Review

Buddhism teaches us that because we try to shut out the terrible things that happen in the world we end up shutting out the beauty and wonder as well. We limit ourselves in our familiar habits in order to avoid the pain, affliction and fear that are the inevitable realities that shape our lives - yet they're also the factors that allow us to look at life more deeply and live it more fully. In this clear-sighted book, Caroline Brazier teaches us how to break these self-imprisoning patterns. She shows us that we don't have to magnify our suffering by hanging on to things we can't have, choosing avoidance behaviour or trying to fit the world into our personal viewpoint so that we can feel safe. Instead, we can train ourselves to be more fully alive by accepting our suffering and not wasting time and energy on escapist distractions, energy that could otherwise be spent achieving positive ends. Brazier believes that psychology is embedded in Buddhism's most important teachings, and that by presenting them as psychology rather than as Buddhism they can be made more available to those who might not otherwise find them. Rather than focus on high-minded metaphysical discussions, Buddhist Psychology focuses on practical applications of the teachings as they relate to our day-to-day lives, making the book useful for therapeutic practitioners, community activists, educators, aid workers and anyone wishing to develop their own spiritual training. In a time when we have become increasingly afraid and vulnerable, and suffering makes the headlines in daily numerous ways, Buddhist Psychology presents an enormously valuable and welcome way in which to view the world around us and our place in it. --Kirkus UK


'Stimulating and provocative... definitely worth reading whatever one's Buddhist affiliation.' --Ros Oliver, View.

'Shows a deep and humanistic understanding of Buddhist psychology.' --Joy Manne, Self and Society
 
 
The Sanity We Are Born With
niedziela, 20 grudnia 2009 22:33

"Chögyam Trungpa was the first Buddhist master to present Buddhism in a psychological language that spoke directly to the Western mind. This highly recommended volume, which brings together his penetrating views on Buddhist and Western psychology, will be of great interest to psychotherapists, students of Dharma, and anyone who is concerned with the relationship between the native sun of awakened wisdom within us and the psychological clouds that obscure its light."—John Welwood, author of Towards a Psychology of Awakening

 
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