In addition to talk therapy, I also offer short-term, solution-focused psychotherapy using various mindfulness-based techniques.
For instance, if you want to learn alternative ways to cope with distressing feelings and thoughts without engaging in a depth exploration, we could structure a specific course of treatment that focuses solely on learning various mindfulness practices over a previously agreed upon amount of time (e.g., 8-12 weeks).
Once completed, we could revisit your initial intentions so as to determine if a longer course of talk therapy meets your needs and interests. As noted under the About My Practice tab, I often integrate various mindfulness practices into this treatment model for those who are interested and could benefit from such a practice.
Practicing mindfulness can intensify psychotic and dissociative symptoms.
So as to both maximize the psychospiritual benefits and minimize harm, individuals suffering in these ways should refrain from practicing mindfulness without professional supervision and support.
Below, you will find a list of persons who have made significant contributions to the integration of meditative practices into the field of psychotherapy, along with a brief blurb regarding these contributions.
The sequence of names in this list does not signify any preference other than my wish to arrange it alphabetically. This list is also not exhaustive, as there have been many people who have made similar contributions.
Please also note that each person’s name serves as a hyperlink to each person’s respective homepage. On some of the linked websites, you can find free guided-meditation practices to download and/or to stream. Should you be interested in exploring other free online resources, try searching for videos at www.YouTube.comby these as well as other well-respected practitioners you encounter on your journey.
Dr. Brach is a clinical psychologist whose primary interests include integrating Vipassana or Insight Meditation into psychotherapy, and is most well known for her work in Radical Acceptance. Dr. Brach teaches on both the national and international scenes, including at the Kripalu Center in Western Massachusetts.
Dr. Germer is a clinical psychologist whose primary interest includes integrating compassion into psychotherapy. He has a private practice outside of Boston, Massachusetts and is a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School.
Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk living in southern France, having settled there as a political exile during the Vietnam conflict. Thích Nhất Hạnh has published over 100 books in various languages. He was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 by Nobel laureate Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Neff is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Beginning with her postdoctoral studies, Dr. Neff was the first contemporary Western psychologist to study the impact of self-compassion on improving positive well-being, explicitly noting the clinical difference between self-esteem and self-compassion. In working collaboratively with Dr. Germer, Dr. Neff co-created an 8-week self-compassion skill-building program affiliated with Harvard Medical School known as Mindful Self-Compassion.
Dr. Kabat-Zinn is a Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s main focus has been on integrating various mindfulness practices to treat physical pain and illness as well as psychological stress and anxiety. Dr. Kabat-Zinn is most well-known for having created Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, a program offered throughout the world at various hospitals and healthcare centers.