Self-compassion In Psychotherapy: Mindfulness-based Practices For Healing And Transformation

Hardcover | November 17, 2015

byTim Desmond

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This lucidly written guide integrates traditional Buddhist teachings and mindfulness with cutting-edge science from several distinct fields—including neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, psychotherapy outcome research, and positive psychology—to explain how clinicians can help clients develop a more loving, kind, and forgiving attitude through self-compassion.

The practice of self-compassion supports effective therapy in two vital ways: (1) It helps clients become a source of compassion for themselves; and (2) it helps therapists be happier and generate more compassion for their clients.
Researchers now understand that self-compassion is a skill that can be strengthened through deliberate practice, and that it is one of the strongest predictors of mental health and wellness. The brain’s compassion center, which neuroscientists call the Care Circuit, can be targeted and fortified using specific techniques.

Filled with illuminating case examples, Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy shows readers how to apply self-compassion practices in treatment. The first two chapters illuminate what self-compassion is, the science behind it, and why it is so beneficial in therapy. The rest of the book unpacks practical clinical applications, covering not only basic clinical principles but also specific, evidence-based techniques for building affect tolerance, affect regulation, and mindful thinking, working with self-criticism, self-sabotage, trauma, addiction, relationship problems, psychosis, and more, and overcoming common roadblocks.

Readers do not need to have any background in mindfulness in order to benefit from this book. However, those that do will find that self-compassion practices have the capacity to add new layers of depth to mindfulness-based therapies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

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This lucidly written guide integrates traditional Buddhist teachings and mindfulness with cutting-edge science from several distinct fields—including neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, psychotherapy outcome research, and positive psychology—to explain how clinicians can help clients develop a more loving, kind, and forgiving attitud...

Tim Desmond, LMFT, a Buddhist scholar, therapist, author, and mindfulness trainer in Alstead, New Hampshire, was ordained into the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2005. His groundbreaking work in self-compassion and mindfulness has been featured widely in global media. He is also a Distinguished Faculty at Antioch University,...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:8.6 × 5.9 × 1.2 inPublished:November 17, 2015Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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Desmond describes mindfulness and self-compassion in a way that is useful for the neophyte or well informed. . . . [His] case studies wonderfully demonstrate not only a straightforward way of working with clients, but also how to work past the defenses the client uses to maintain their ‘story.’ . . . I highly recommend this book for practitioners at any level. The ideas apply across the board from client’s to therapist’s mental health and wellness. — The Milton H. Erickson Foundation NewsletterVividly described vignettes from the author’s therapeutic work with clients, and an excellent review of the research interweave in this book. The author is a gifted storyteller, and his writing is easy and compelling to read. . . . He brings each client to life with affection and insight, and offers a simple step-by-step process for therapists to use each vignette as a guide. . . . He shares original practices he has created, ancient Buddhist practices he has adapted, and practices created by modern teachers. — The Mindfulness Bell[I]n its integration of Buddhist philosophies with evidence-based scientific findings, this book offers a clear and heartfelt examination of the power of self-compassion in building the resilience needed to cope with suffering and achieve an enduring sense of happiness. Moreover, it comes as a much-needed, kind and gentle reminder for therapists to tend to their own emotional needs in order to provide improved service to their clients. — Somatic Psychotherapy TodayThis book is intended especially for clinicians, but can also be useful for researchers, teachers and students at all levels of expertise. I heartily recommend it both for clinicians who wish to build the capacity for self-compassion in their clients as well as themselves, and therefore more deeply integrate mindfulness and psychotherapy, and also as a valuable tool for classroom use to facilitate discussions for any classes in clinical psychology. — Metapsychology Online Reviews[S]elf-compassion and compassion toward others allows us to strategically empower our clients — and it also allows us to help ourselves cope with the stressors and duties of the profession. . . . [Desmond] does a good job of providing general tools that therapists can easily incorporate into their sessions. — PsychCentralThis book shows us why self-compassion is at the heart of therapeutic healing, and how to integrate compassion training into clinical practice. A long time meditator and skilled clinician, Tim Desmond offers exceptionally clear, accessible, and insightful guidance in how to facilitate deep transformation while addressing a spectrum of emotional suffering. — Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True RefugeMasterfully written, this book is a timely treasure trove of practical tools and exquisite examples of how to incorporate self-compassion practices into every moment of the therapeutic process. Tim Desmond expertly weaves together ancient teachings and modern insight into a clear, in-depth road map for the integration of two powerful paradigms of healing and transformation. — Linda Graham, MFT, psychotherapist and author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being