This book breaks new ground by relating mindfulness to all of the other therapeutic approaches, across all the common presenting problems in counselling & psychotherapy.
Mindfulness is increasingly recognised as an effective therapeutic treatment with positive research outcomes evaluating its success. Meg Barker responds to our growing consciousness of mindfulness approaches, considering how its principles can inform everyday therapeutic work.
- covers ways in which mindfulness approaches complement each therapeutic approach, as well as any potential conflicts and tensions that might arise
- spells out how a mindfulness approach would understand - and work with - common presenting issues, including depression, anxiety and addiction
- brings together work on mindfulness from across psychotherapy, science, and philosophy
- suggests possible future directions in mindfulness, particularly those which emphasise the social component of suffering.
This engaging and accessible book will appeal to all counselling and psychotherapy students, as well as any therapist looking to complement their own approach with mindfulness theory and practice.
Meg Barker is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University.
Meg-John Barker is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a UKCP accredited psychotherapist. Meg-John has published many academic books and papers on topics including mindfulness, relationships, sexuality and gender, as well as co-editing the journal Psychology & Sexuality. They chaired production of the main counselling course at the Open University and co-edited the accompanying textbook Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as writing further books on Mindful Counselling and Psychotherapy, and on Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals. Their main focus is on writing for the general public, drawing on academic and psychotherapeutic theories and research. They published the mindfulness-influenced self-help relationship book Rewriting the Rules in 2013, and 2016 saw the publication of The Secrets of Enduring Love (with Jacqui Gabb), a comic introduction to queer (with Julia Scheele), and a practical guide to sex (with Justin Hancock). Meg-John also informs UK policy and practice around sexuality and gender, and they are involved in running many public events including Critical Sexology. They blog about all these topics on www.megjohnbarker.com. Twitter: @megjohnbarker.
Introduction PART ONE: MINDFUL THERAPIES Mindful Theory and Practice Mindful Therapy: The Client, the Counsellor, the Relationship Integrating Mindful Therapy with other Approaches Researching Mindful Therapies PART TWO: PRACTISING MINDFULLY ACROSS ISSUES Depression Stress and Anxiety Addiction 'Psychotic' Experience The Body: Pain, Sleep, Eating, Sex Relationships Concluding Thoughts