Mindfulness recommended for psychotherapists

Dunn, R., Callahan, J. L., & Swift, J. K. (2013). Mindfulness as a transtheoretical clinical process. Psychotherapy, 50(3), 312. Abstract.

The use of mindfulness in psychotherapy has garnered the attention of both researchers and therapists over recent years. Based on established research, use of mindfulness with clients is recommended to improve awareness during sessions, reduce ruminative thinking patterns, and increase self-compassion regardless of theoretical orientation. In this article, de-identified clinical material is used to illustrate both informal and formal mindfulness training in session.

Further, we provide illustrations of pre-session and within-session therapist mindfulness, recommending that therapists develop their own mindfulness practice, as research has demonstrated that it is related to important clinical skills including attentiveness, non-judgment, and improved client perceptions.

(PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)


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