Meditation and Yoga in Psychotherapy: Techniques for Clinical Practice

Meditation and Yoga in Psychotherapy: Techniques for Clinical Practice

Author(s): Annellen M. Simpkins, C. Alexander Simpkins

Published Online: 5 JAN 2012 10:39AM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470562413

Online ISBN: 9781118269992

DOI: 10.1002/9781118269992

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Praise for Meditation and Yoga in Psychotherapy

"From the wisdom of ancient cultures to modern neuroscience, the authors skillfully create a bridge of understanding between the practice of meditation, yoga, and psychotherapy. The Simpkins are at their best in describing how everyone can learn to integrate their own brain, body, and mind to facilitate a creative synchrony of healing and well-being."
-Kathryn Rossi, PhD Coeditor, Collected Works of Milton H. Erickson: The Nature of Therapeutic Hypnosis

"This reader-friendly text is directed toward therapists and healthcare workers who are considering incorporating yoga and meditation into their work. These technologies are time-honored and appear to have beneficial effects on contemporary clients and patients. Meditation and Yoga in Psychotherapy serves as an informative introduction to these¿practices, and explains how a therapist might integrate such practices into their work. The chapters on neuroscience research and healthy aging are unique in books of this nature, and the discussion of alleviating depression alone is worth the price of the book."
-Stanley Krippner, PhDProfessor of Psychology, Saybrook UniversityCoauthor, Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans

A thoughtful and pragmatic guide for integrating meditation and yoga techniques into traditional psychotherapy

Meditation and Yoga in Psychotherapy is an inspiring "how-to" guide grounded in the neuroscientific and clinical evidence that supports the use of meditation and other yoga practices to improve clients' mental health.

Drawing from the authors' decades of practice, teaching, and writing, this inspiring book is focused on applying meditation, yoga, and Zen to therapy, with discussion of:

  • The latest neuroscience findings, showing how the brain and larger nervous system are altered by yoga methods

  • Philosophical and psychological principles upon which yoga is based

  • The how, when, and why for use of specific techniques with common psychological problems

  • Fundamental stretching exercises and meditation techniques

Filled with vivid case examples and writings from renowned yoga masters, Meditation and Yoga in Psychotherapy encourages a therapeutic process in which clients move their attention from outside concerns to inner mindfulness. With a range of techniques that embrace the diversity and uniqueness of clients, this book offers methods to creatively individualize techniques for a wide variety of presenting problems.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Efficacy and Neuroscience Research

  2. Part II: What is Yoga?

  3. Part III: Applications

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