"Mindfulness Meditation in Psychotherapy offers a beautifully integrated model for incorporating mindfulness in psychotherapy. Steven Alper weaves together years of contemplative practice and clinical wisdom with current research on mindfulness, emphasizing it as a way of being and a method for investigating subjectivity. This comprehensive and artful book will benefit therapist and client. I highly recommend it."
– Shauna Shapiro, Professor, Counseling Psychology Department, University of Santa Clara, author of The Art and Science of Mindfulness and Mindful Discipline
“Brilliant and highly accessible, this book is not only about how to bring mindfulness into your practice of psychotherapy, it’s about how to be a great therapist. In other words, mindfulness as described in this book is not a specialized form of therapy; it constitutes a basis for the foundational ingredients that make for excellent psychotherapy, such as authenticity, present-moment attention, curiosity, compassion, and unconditional positive regard. I hope this book is integrated into basic training for psychotherapists.”
– Cassandra Vieten, PhD, President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, author of Mindful Motherhood, and coauthor of Spiritual and Religious Competencies in Clinical Practice
“Drawing on decades of personal mindfulness practice, dedicated exploration of wisdom traditions, and thoughtful psychotherapeutic work, Steven Alper offers us a detailed, comprehensive, well-researched, and up-to-date exploration of how mindfulness practices can enrich and inform virtually any form of psychotherapy.”
– Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, Author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and part-time Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School
“Reading Steve’s book I was impressed by its thoroughness and comprehensibility. He takes the complicated task of weaving mindfulness meditation into the therapeutic process and makes it philosophical and practical. The model he creates is dynamic, clear and relational and reflects his embodiment of mindfulness. I appreciated the range of meditations included in the book and the depth of understanding and clarity he brings to their usage. The breadth of the book makes it indispensable as a resource for all serious minded therapists who want to maintain the integrity of meditation and deepen not only their own practice but healing itself.”
– Elana Rosenbaum, UMASS Center for Mindfulness MBSR Teacher Trainer, Psychotherapist, Author of Here for Now.
“Steven Alper has written the best set of guidelines I have read for integrating mindfulness meditation into psychotherapy, in a format that will benefit the beginning and the experienced mediator. He writes with great integrity to the spaciousness and non-verbal wisdom of meditation practice, at the same time that he offers essential practical advice and integration of evidence-based approaches. As an experienced mediator, I have already benefited from using his illuminating “pyramid” model in my work with clients and in teaching students how the therapist’s embodied meditation practice stabilizes the client’s capacity for emotional experience.”
– Roberta Isberg, MD, teaches and supervises Child Psychiatry Fellows in psychotherapy at Boston Children’s Hospital, as an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, is a graduate and member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and practices psychodynamic psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.
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"Mindfulness Meditation in Psychotherapy by Steven Alper is a wonderful book that's wise, scholarly, and practical. For anyone interested in bringing mindfulness into therapy, it is a must-read. This book lies at the intersection of mindfulness and psychotherapy, and clearly illustrates how mindfulness intersects with psychotherapy."
– Bob Stahl, PhD, coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Living with Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Every Day
“Moving persuasively beyond diagnosis and technique, this accessible and sure-footed guide reveals the more general and enduring gains that come from incorporating mindfulness into your psychotherapy practice.”
– Zindel V. Segal, PhD., C.Psych., coauthor of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and The Mindful Way Workbook. Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders, Department of Psychology University of Toronto – Scarborough
“Every once in a while a book comes along that exactly fits a need for our profession. Alper’s Mindfulness Meditation in Psychotherapy is one of those books. With the burst of energy and popularity of mindfulness meditation, this book guides us therapists to integrate these skills into our own self-awareness and into the tool box of our clients. Packed with sophisticated depth applications as well as handy little tips, this book belongs on every clinician’s shelf.”
– David B. Wexler, Ph.D, Director of The Relationship Training Institute, author of When Good Men Behave Badly and Is He Depressed or What?
“Steven Alper has created an excellent and practical mindfulness guide for the psychotherapist who wishes to bring mindfulness forward more intentionally and explicitly in their own life and work. I strongly recommend this comprehensive and accessible book. It is a treasure for any therapist who is seeking to build a personal mindfulness practice, planning to deliver mindfulness based psychotherapy, or who wishes simply to explore directly the profound power of mindfulness for healing and transformation.”
– Jeffrey Brantley, M.D., Duke University Dept. of Psychiatry, Founder, Duke University MBSR Program, author of Calming Your Anxious Mind, Calming Your Angry Mind, and The Five Good Minutes series.
“What a lovely book! Steve Alper manages to artfully weave three important tales into one—detailing the importance of mindfulness practice, guiding the reader on how to bring such practice into one’s own life, and illustrating how to then deepen and enliven the practice of psychotherapy with the art of mindfulness. For any psychotherapist, this is critical and valuable stuff!"
– William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE, President, Behavioral Diabetes Institute, Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, San Diego, author of Diabetes Burnout
"Mindfulness Meditation in Psychotherapy stands out for how it provides a clear and accessible roadmap for mental health counselors and clinicians who know the benefits of mindfulness but need solid guidance in applying it to therapy. By integrating both the practical and theoretical aspects of mindfulness, Steven Alper takes the reader on a sure-footed journey into embodying a healing presence that is essential for making the therapeutic process effective. This well-structured and comprehensive book is certain to bring a new sense of confidence and competence to those bringing mindfulness into the therapy room. Highly recommended."
– Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, author of The Mindfulness Toolbox, Clearing Emotional Clutter, and 101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience
An Integrated Model for Clinicians
"Steve Alper has given the world a remarkable synthesis that will be profoundly beneficial for therapists both personally and professionally if engaged in wholeheartedly as a way of being. How could their clients not benefit as well?”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and author of Full Catastrophe Living and Coming to Our Senses
“This is the sine qua non book for any psychotherapist who describes themselves as a professional who integrates mindfulness into their psychotherapy practice or who is wishing to and desires a road map. To the best of my knowledge, there is no one out there in the field that has put the pieces together in quite this unique fashion. Mr. Alper has synthesized three major theoretical paradigms extant in contemporary psychotherapy: Buddhist psychology and practice, the mindfulness movement, and relational psychotherapy. However, imposing that may sound, all of it is highly readable and immediately applicable to an on-going psychotherapy practice.”
– Richard F Avery, LCSW, Assistant Professor, Clinical Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, University of California at San Diego School of Medicine. Mr. Avery is a certified teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) through the Center for Compassion and Altruism, Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. He has been an ardent meditation practitioner for 35 years, and has had a psychotherapy practice for over 40 years.
“Mindfulness in psychotherapy has often been reduced to a cognitive tool or a stress reduction technique, missing the deepest and most liberating levels of this ancient practice. In this important contribution, Steven Alper presents an original model that integrates different domains and levels of mindfulness in the therapeutic relationship, offering a clear step-by-step training to integrate mindfulness in therapy starting from the necessary foundation of the therapist’s own mindfulness practice. For its depth and applicability, this book will bring clarity and inspiration to new and experienced therapists alike.”
– Gonzalo Brito, PhD, Professor at Saybrook University and University of Granada, Spain, co-author of The Mindfulness-Based Emotional Balance Workbook, Senior Teacher at Stanford University Compassion Cultivation Training Program
Steven A. Alper, MSW, LCSW
“This book brings the mindfulness literature to a refreshing and academic new depth. Scholarly, yet deeply personal, the writing is clear, readily accessible and eloquent. Alper's brilliant presentation of the mindfulness pyramid model illustrates how therapeutic interdependence is alive and creative. This is an essential book for any therapist interested in mindfulness.”
– Paula Carmona, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC., coauthor of Peaceful Mind: Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology to Overcome Depression