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Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy

Accelerating Healing and Transformation, 1st Edition

Edited by Joe Loizzo, Miles Neale, Emily J. Wolf


256 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy offers mental health professionals of all disciplines and orientations the most comprehensive and rigorous introduction to the state of the art and science in integrating mindfulness, compassion, and embodiment techniques. It brings together clinicians and thinkers of unprecedented caliber, featuring some of the most eminent pioneers in a rapidly growing field. The array of contributors represents the full spectrum of disciplines whose converging advances are driving today’s promising confluence of psychotherapy with contemplative science. This historic volume expands the dialogue and integration among neuroscience, contemplative psychology, and psychotherapy to include the first full treatment of second- and third-generation contemplative therapies, based on advanced meditation techniques of compassion training and role-modeled embodiment. Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy offers the most profound and synoptic overview to date of one of the most intriguing and promising fields in psychotherapy today.


"In this important volume, the authors have succeeded in deepening the current mutual embrace between psychotherapy and meditative practice. Written with clarity and featuring leading minds in both domains, it signals the emergence of a new, theory-linked contemplative psychotherapy that crosses schools and boundaries in its pursuit of real clinical deliverables."

Zindel Segal, PhD, distinguished professor of psychology in mood disorders, University of Toronto Scarborough

"Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy offers the most comprehensive and authoritative overview of one of the hottest cutting edges in psychotherapy today -- its merger with contemplative practice. A must-have for anyone in this field."

Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, and Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Transforms Mind, Body and Brain

"While the goals of psychotherapy and contemplative practice share some important commonalities—the relief of suffering—until this volume, there was no compendium bringing these modalities together. Joe Loizzo and his colleagues have done a remarkable job in surveying this vast landscape. A must read for any clinician or provider wishing to incorporate contemplative practice into therapy."

Richard Davidson, author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain, founder, Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Table of Contents

Part 1: Mindfulness and Personal Healing 1. Buddhist Origins of Mindfulness Meditation Miles Neale 2. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Practicing Presence and Resilience Sharon Salzberg 3. Positive Neuroplasticity: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Rick Hanson 4. Meditative Psychoanalysis Jeffrey Rubin 5. Mindfulness Practice as Advanced Training for the Clinician Paul Fulton Part Two: Compassion and Social Healing 6. The Social Psychology of Compassion and Altruism Koncha Pinos-Pey 7. The Supreme Medicine of Exchanging Self-Enclosure for Altruism Robert Thurman 8. Interpersonal Connection, Compassion, and Well-Being: The Science and Art of Healing Relationships Daniel J. Siegel 9. Compassion in Psychotherapy Christine Braehler and Christopher Germer 10. The RAIN of Self-Compassion: A Simple Practice for Clients and Clinicians Tara Brach Part Three: Embodiment and Natural Healing 11. Tantra, Imagery, and Integral Dynamic Therapy Emily J. Wolf 12. Imagery and Trauma: The Psyche’s Push for Healing Pilar Jennings 13. Embodied Practice, the Smart Vagus, and Mind-Brain-Body Integration Joseph Loizzo 14. How to Be a Transformational Therapist: AEDP Harnesses Innate Healing Affects to Re-wire Experience and Accelerate Transformation Diana Fosha 15. Tantric Yoga, Depth Psychology, and the Feminine Perspective: Towards an Integrated Approach to Working with the Psyche Mariana Caplan

About the Editors

Joseph Loizzo, MD, PhD, is a contemplative psychotherapist, Buddhist scholar, and author with over four decades’ experience integrating Indo-Tibetan mind science and healing arts into modern neuropsychology, psychotherapy, and clinical research. He is founder and director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, and a clinician in private practice in Manhattan.

Miles Neale, PsyD, is the assistant director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, co-developer of the Nalanda Institute’s certificate program in contemplative psychotherapy, and clinical instructor of psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a Buddhist psychotherapist in private practice with twenty years’ experience studying and integrating Buddhist psychology and meditation into psychotherapy.

Emily J. Wolf, PhD, MSEd, is the director of the Nalanda Institute’s certificate program in contemplative psychotherapy and a clinical instructor of psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is a clinical psychologist and clinical supervisor in private practice who has conducted groundbreaking research on the integration of contemplative methods of Indian yoga and meditation into Western psychodynamic therapy, recovery, and health education.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health