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The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician's Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) [Hardcover]

Daniel J. Siegel
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Book Description

May 3, 2010 0393706451 978-0393706451 1

Bringing mindfulness techniques to your psychotherapeutic work with clients.

An integrated state of mindful awareness is crucial to achieving mental health. Daniel J. Siegel, an internationally recognized expert on mindfulness and therapy, reveals practical techniques that enable readers to harness their energies to promote healthy minds within themselves and their clients. He charts the nine integrative functions that emerge from the profoundly interconnecting circuits of the brain, including bodily regulation, attunement, emotional balance, response flexibility, fear extinction, insight, empathy, morality, and intuition.

A practical, direct-immersion, high-emotion, low-techno-speak book, The Mindful Therapist engages readers in a personal and professional journey into the ideas and process of mindful integration that lie at the heart of health and nurturing relationships.

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Editorial Reviews


“[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.

Product Details

  • 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 (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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160 of 164 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable teacher... May 3, 2010
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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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource 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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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I have been enthusiastic about Dan Siegel's work since I read his article on non-verbal maternal influence on the developing infant's brain a decade ago. He'd clearly been influenced by Daniel Stern's work on maternal attunement, which has been one of the two or three most significant influences upon modern psychotherapy since the mid-1980s.

Figure this: the child whose mother is sufficiently relaxed, patient, conscious, empathic, supportive, compassionate and soothing will have the capability to provide the model of emotional attunement through which an infant can learn how to soothe =itself= when it is struck by sudden, need-driven, temporarily overwhelming emotional experiences. The child whose mother is =not= "good enough" (as Donald Winnicott so aptly put it some 60 years ago), is less likely to be able to learn how to modulate its emotions. And therein lies the truly =essential= issue.

Siegel, and his equally gifted brother, Ronald, seem to have "gotten" Winnicott, Margaret Mahler and Stern (as well as Alan Schore) as well or better than just about anyone publishing these days. Dan S. has knocked out several books that have transformed Stern's and Schore's profound research on emotional regulation -- or lack thereof -- into useful therapeutic technique. This particular book is the perfect complement to Ron's more mass-market-oriented =The Mindfulness Solution=, which for less-experienced and/or less "technical-minded" clinicians might be a better place to start into the whole "attunement" rubric.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daunting but worth the time 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Put it to work! 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars He touches the eyes of the heart.
Daniel J Siegel is so grounded in his humility as he transitions between his own mind and experiences of his clients. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Wendy Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Book is great!
Both price and product met my expectations and book is outstanding reference for personal reflection and mindful social work practice.
Published 2 months ago by Linda Winn
4.0 out of 5 stars This therapist helps us therapists
I have indicated the degree to which I have appreciated this purchase and how it his been of value to me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars very informative
Great help for the therapist as well as the client. I highly recommend it no matter what field you are in. If you work with people read this book!
Published 6 months ago by Susan Butler
1.0 out of 5 stars So sad about this book.
I bought this audio book and had great hopes, being a school psychologist and counselor. The author is verbose to a fault. He talks and talks which drives you crazy.... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Connie Hale
5.0 out of 5 stars Rental for MSW
This is a required textbook for my practice IV class. The class focuses on psychodynamic theory and the integration of the theory along with an alternative theory in treatment of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Giulia
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I have sat on many insight mediation retreats and thought I had heard it all. This book has awoken me to many new truths that I had never considered. Very powerful book.
Published 9 months ago by E. Gilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes to Seigel
My mentor explained years ago to me that to be a good therapist, one must work on self. This is an excellent book for understanding the importance of working on self.
Published 10 months ago by Jana L. Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Important for Clinical Counselors
Daniel Siegel has a unique style and graphic descriptions that ease the reader into his world and our own, our head. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and extremely useful in expanding one's reach as a...
Dr. Seigel's book takes the growing movement in mindfulness and turns it around and hands it to clinicians themselves. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mitch Abblett, Ph.D.
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