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Mindfulness Centered Therapies by David Cole and Carol Ladas-Gaskin is a practical guide and resource for therapists to use as they explore ways to integrate mindfulness into their counseling and psychotherapy practices. This well written book describes the core skills and concepts of the method called Mindfulness Centered Therapies (MCT). It is abundantly illustrated with transcripts taken from client/therapist dialogues. It also includes an extensive bibliography on mindfulness and psychotherapy as an aid to further exploration.
Mindfulness Centered Therapies (the DVD) is packaged with the book. It is a two hour training video that demonstrates seven of the most important mindfulness skills described in the book with video clips from real therapy sessions.
What Others Say
“It is a pleasure to introduce this wonderful book and DVD to you.”
— Ron Kurtz, Author of Body Centered Psychotherapy:The Hakomi Method & creator of Hakomi
”Psychotherapy is rapidly catching up with spirituality in its appreciation of the state called mindfulness. This well written book offers practical guidelines and examples of how three different but complementary psychotherapies use it. It is an excellent contribution to this growing movement.
— Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D., Author of Internal Family Systems Therapy, & creator of Internal Family Systems
“This wonderful book represents a most fundamental understanding of mindfulness in spirit and in its applications for therapists. The authors make the clear distinction of “relational mindfulness” and explain how its use can be integrated deeply into psychodynamic processes.”
— Haiko Weiss, Ph.D., Co-editor of The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy, founding trainer of the Hakomi Institute; International Director of the Hakomi Institute of Europe
“It is a joy to read Mindfulness Centered Therapies. Cole and Ladas-Gaskin have written in a marvelously therapist-friendly, skill-based way bringing together the powerful mindful-experiential aspects of Hakomi Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Focusing.”
— Greg Johanson, M.Div., Ph.D., FAAIM, FAPA, LPC, founding trainer of the Hakomi Institute, and trainer of Internal Family Systems. Author (with Ron Kurtz) of Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of the Tao-te ching
Mindfulness practices have been shown to reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, increase restful sleep, improve immune function, and over time, increase the function of the parts of the brain related to feelings of well being. In addition, practitioners report greater mental clarity, calmness, creativity and engagement in the moment by moment events of daily life. The practices on this recording are culled from thirty years of mindfulness practice and are varied in length and style, with the hope that whoever you are, you will find one or several practices that are particularly useful. The mindfulness practices (or exercises) are designed to be used individually, or can be listened to in sequence, for a deeply relaxing experience.
1. Introduction – 4:24
2. First Practice: Belly Breathing – 8:20
3. Second Practice: Mindfulness of Sound – 8:31
4. Third Practice: Eye Awareness – 8:18
5. Fourth Practice: Hot-Cold Breath – 9:33
6. Fifth Practice: Mindfulness and Compassion – 11:18
7. Sixth Practice: Noticing Your Body – 20:07
Poems by Carol Ladas-Gaskin
My ancestors sang their bones
up this same dark river
skin flayed and scarlet
a banner of passion abandoned
on the river stones.
Bones of my ancestors carry me
threading a needle through time.
Flesh of my ancestors feeds me
a flame licking upstream.
Spirit of my ancestors carries me
a seed in the arms of the wind.
Carol Ladas-Gaskin, Hakomi certified therapist, teacher and trainer, is the author of Instant Stress Relief, co-author of Mindfulness Centered Therapies, an integrated approach and first place winner in Poetry in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association annual literary competition (2000). Her individual poems have been published in several anthologies as well.