Bringing together leading scholars, scientists, and clinicians, this compelling volume explores how therapists can cultivate wisdom and compassion in themselves and their clients. Chapters describe how combining insights from ancient contemplative practices and modern research can enhance the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, suicidal behavior, couple conflict, and parenting stress. Seamlessly edited, the book features numerous practical exercises and rich clinical examples. It examines whether wisdom and compassion can be measured objectively, what they look like in the therapy relationship, their role in therapeutic change, and how to integrate them into treatment planning and goal setting. The book includes a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Foreword, His Holiness the Dalai LamaIntroduction, Christopher K. Germer and Ronald D. SiegelI. What Are Wisdom and Compassion? Why Should We Care?1. Wisdom and Compassion: Two Wings of a Bird, Ronald D. Siegel and Christopher K. Germer2. Mindful Presence: A Foundation for Compassion and Wisdom, Tara Brach3. Building Lives of Compassion and Wisdom, Barbara L. FredricksonII. The Meaning of Compassion4. Compassion in Buddhist Psychology, John Makransky5. The Compassionate Therapist, Elissa Ely6. The Science of Self-Compassion, Kristin D. Neff7. Cultivating Compassion in Psychotherapy, Christopher K. Germer 8. The Neurobiology of Compassion, Richard J. DavidsonIII. The Meaning of Wisdom9. Wisdom in Buddhist Psychology, Andrew Olendzki 10. The Wise Psychotherapist, Ronald D. Siegel11. The Science of Wisdom: Implications for Psychotherapy, Robert J. Sternberg12. The Wisdom of Connection, Janet Surrey and Judith V. Jordan 13. Self and No-Self in Psychotherapy, Jack Engler and Paul R. Fulton14. Neurobiological Foundations of Wisdom, Thomas W. Meeks, B. Rael Cahn, and Dilip V. JesteIV. Clinical Applications15. Wisdom, Compassion, and Suicidal Patients, Marsha M. Linehan and Anita Lungu16. Substance Abuse and Relapse Prevention, G. Alan Marlatt, Sarah Bowen, and M. Kathleen B. Lustyk17. Anxiety Disorders: Acceptance, Compassion, and Wisdom, Lizabeth Roemer and Susan M. Orsillo 18. Depression: Suffering in the Flow of Life, Paul Gilbert19. Working with Trauma: Mindfulness and Compassion, John Briere20. The Heart of Couple Therapy, Richard Borofsky and Antra K. BorofskyV. In and Around the Consultation Room21. Mindful Parenting as a Path to Wisdom and Compassion, Trudy Goodman, Susan Kaiser Greenland, and Daniel J. Siegel22. Drawing on the Wisdom of Religious Traditions in Psychotherapy, Kenneth I. Pargament and Carol Ann Faigin23. Compassion and Wisdom: Growing through Ethics, Stephanie P. Morgan
Christopher Germer, PhD, has a private practice in mindfulness- and compassion-based psychotherapy in Arlington, Massachusetts, and is a part-time Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. He is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. His books include The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion (for the general public) and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition (for professionals). Dr. Germer lectures and leads workshops internationally. His website is (...).Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught since 1984. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Dr. Siegel teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind-body treatment, while maintaining a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He is author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems and coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.