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The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician's Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) Hardcover – May 3, 2010

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  • Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393706451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393706451
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[A]n excellent synthesis of a variety of complex fields, providing space for reflection and the cultivation of the clinicians' own mindfulness skills. . . . [C]an be read by any clinician, at any stage of their career.” (Journal of Mental Health)

“A brilliant look at what it means to do psychotherapy 'with the brain in mind.' Daniel Siegel's bold vision of integration—mind, brain, and relationships—has the power to heal. Take it in slowly and therapy will never seem the same again.” (Christopher K. Germer, PhD, Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School)

“In my 40 years of practice, I can count on one hand the number of books I would call seminal. After reading The Mindful Therapist, that number just increased by one. Scientifically grounded, evidence-based, compassionate, and exquisitely human, this approach will fundamentally change the way we do psychotherapy. I hope everyone who practices our craft reads this book, and I hope they read it often.” (Daniel Gottlieb, PhD, Host, "Voices in the Family," WHYY FM Radio)

“Dr. Dan Siegel absolutely gets it—the synthesis of psychotherapy and neuroscience—and translates it into engaging prose, pithy acronyms, and compelling practices. The Mindful Therapist is an irresistible, inspiring guide to cultivating our healing presence.” (John C. Norcross, PhD, ABPP, President, APA Society of Clinical Psychology)

“The internationally renowned Dan Siegel has written a truly wonderful book on the essence and process of psychotherapy. Developing his unique neurophysiological approach to empathy, mindfulness, and change, and illuminating the importance of therapist presence, openness, attunement and resonance, Siegel writes with deep compassion and scholarly wisdom. A source of deep reflection and learning, this book is a gift to new and old therapists alike. Our understanding of the micro-skills of the therapeutic endeavor has been significantly advanced.” (Paul Gilbert, PhD, author of The Compassionate Mind and professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Derby, UK)

“[A]n in-depth resource, encapsulating both the essence and the process of a unique, neurophysiological approach to psychotherapy.” (USABP Newsletter)

“[Siegel is] among the most prominent of Western writers in the current literature on mindfulness and its implications for psychology…. The Mindful Therapist is an impressive integration of the objective and subjective aspects of the work of psychotherapists that makes significant contributions to the rapidly expanding literature on mindfulness in psychology and psychotherapy. And I, for one, am excited to re-read this text and explore more of Siegel's work on mindsight and interpersonal neurobiology.” (Metapsychology)

“[T]hose of us interested in mindfulness, both for ourselves and for our clients, will find this book a vault of new discoveries…an excellent resource and training manual….Siegel has set up the exercises to benefit both therapists and their clients; this approach gives even more value to the book….[C]ould be used by couples working through problems, professors attempting to better connect with their students, employees wishing to relate to their bosses, or even just everyday people seeking to improve their relationships with those around them.” (Philosophical Practice)

About the Author

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is an internationally acclaimed author and award-winning educator and is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is a co-investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and is co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. His books include Healing Trauma, The Healing Power of Emotion, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, Trauma and the Body, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, and more. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

More About the Author

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is an internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and child psychiatrist. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he also serves as a co-investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions and communities. His books include "Mindsight," "The Developing Mind," "The Mindful Brain," "The Mindful Therapist," "Parenting From the Inside Out," and "The Whole-Brain Child." He is the Founding Editor of the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes "Healing Trauma," "The Power of Emotion," and "Trauma and the Body." He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. For more information on Dr. Siegel's work, please visit DrDanSiegel.com.

Customer Reviews

He wrote this book to be read as if the reader and he were having a conversation (and it is).
Laurence Drell
I am an EMDR therapist and find this book and his other "Mindsight" to be hugely helpful to giving the necessary resources to my clients.
Charles Sawyer
Siegel brilliantly describes how those abilities for good therapy are utterly aligned with brain functions.
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162 of 166 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Drell on May 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Although the title is the Mindful Therapist, a clinicians' guide, (and it is a breakthrough book for psychotherapists) this book is also valuable for anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of how our minds work and how we affect the minds (and brains) of other people.

Dan Siegel is a remarkable teacher and this book is another in his series of books explaining interpersonal neurobiology. He is a gifted writer, often poetic in his explanations and descriptions of fundamental mental processes. He successfully addresses a multitude of crucial topics from exploring the experience of self, to what it means to be in resonance with another person or with oneself.

He introduces the reader to the latest brain science research, explores the nature of mind and neural integration in our brains and increases our depth of understanding of mindfulness and empathy. He opens up new ways of making sense of our inner world (the conscious and the unconscious) and he creates a framework to view what we may have seen and known previously but now with a new depth of knowledge he creates an entirely new level of understanding.

In previous work he had described a valuable human capability: "mindsight". He characterized it as "a type of focused attention that allows us to see the workings of our own minds and allows us to reshape our inner experience, to increase our freedom, as well as to be fully open to another person's inner experience". In this book he goes further in showing the components and workings of this ability and how to increase our capacity to use this in our clinical work and in our lives.

He wrote this book to be read as if the reader and he were having a conversation (and it is).
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Amy Dinoble on May 21, 2010
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Dr. Siegel's latest work, The Mindful Therapist, is an excellent, unique resource for therapists. Throughout my training as a therapist, I have read many books about the various aspects involved in the therapeutic process, however, this is the first book I have found that addresses what therapists can do, and need to do, on a personal level to be most helpful in the therapeutic process. While The Mindful Therapist seems to be written as a guide for clinicians, this information is applicable to anyone who wants to explore themselves and their relationships in greater depth. In this book, Dr. Siegel provides an incredible amount of information that allows the reader to understand the physiological and psychological processes as well as how past experiences contribute to our present relationships. In addition, his elegant, creative style allows for a flowing, engaging read.

Thank you, Dr. Siegel, for this wonderful and incredibly useful resource!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia L. Wall, LCSW on November 25, 2011
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Dr. Dan Siegal is a genius, and the therapy recommendations in his book are personal, warm, and open. Since I am not a brain physiologist, I finally figured out to stumble quickly through his enthusiastic detailing of how the brain supports/requires different techniques. In this way, I got to the parts I could actually use and share. I've seen him (with Jack Kornfield, PhD) and so love his kindness, humility, and desire to share his knowledge. Thank you, Dan, for the hard work to bring science to us unscientific types, Cynthia
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Charles Sawyer on July 12, 2010
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I have become a big fan of Daniel Siegel's. Since reading Parenting From The Inside Out, I have read almost all of his books as I am counselor for youth and adults and do a great deal of trauma work as well. I am an EMDR therapist and find this book and his other "Mindsight" to be hugely helpful to giving the necessary resources to my clients. I received my advanced certification for EMDR recently and found many of the work to be centered around the same principles.

While this concept of "Theory of the Mind" or "Reflective function" has been around for years, Seigel does a great job of giving us practical tools to promote wellness and integration. I love this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 3, 2012
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This is the kind of book every therapist will find useful, besides his or her theoretical orientation. Siegel brilliantly describes how those abilities for good therapy are utterly aligned with brain functions. The book is filled with plenty of exercices to develop and improve them. I'm glad to find that concepts developed from the psychological theories, such as "resonance", "attunemet", "countertransference", "contact", "organ sensation", etc can be re-defined and confirmed in the neurobiological investigation. One can see the work of a very experienced therapist, speaking about those details and specific stuff of a therapy process, detached from any theoretical abstractions - common ground in the literature of this field. It's easy to think that Interpersonal Neurobiology is becoming the roots for the future of psychoterapy.
Absolutelly recomended!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joan Morein on January 10, 2013
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The Mindful Therapist is a good introduction of how to integrate Mindfulness into the practice of psychotherapy, giving exercises for use with patients, exercises for the clinician to stretch his/her understanding and use of Mindfulness in his/her growth. The explanations of how Siegel (the author) visualizes the brain/mind continuum are convoluted and often unnecessarily unclear. It became redundant towards the end with many repetitions of explanations of basic concepts.
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