1st Edition

Meditation for Psychotherapists Targeted Techniques to Enhance Your Clinical Skills

By Alexander H. Ross Copyright 2025
    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    Meditation for Psychotherapists provides students and practitioners of psychotherapy with specific meditation techniques.

    Chapters offer a comprehensive theoretical and practical approach as an adjunct to established professional development tools. This is the first time specific bespoke meditation techniques have been connected to different therapeutic modalities building on the author’s already published work.

    The book is accompanied by a website with audio guided meditations and courses directed to an international audience across multiple psychotherapy models.


    Introduction  1. Introduction to Meditation  2. Taking a Deep Breath  3. The Psychoanalytic Stance: External Listening  4. The Psychoanalytic Stance: Internal Listening  5. Body-Centred Psychotherapy: Somatic Perspectives  6. Person-Centred Counselling: Unconditional Positive Regard  7. Existential Psychotherapy: Working Phenomenologically  8. Mentalisation-Based Therapy: The Mentalising Stance  9. Other Complementary Techniques  10. Troubleshooting


    Alexander H. Ross is a psychodynamic psychotherapist working in the NHS and private practice in London.


    "Psychological therapies have enormous potential to alleviate suffering and transform people’s lives. But they depend on psychological therapists who are both skilled and resourced to do this important and challenging work. Research tells us which therapies are effective and regardless of therapy modality that the therapist is important. This book seeks to resource therapists with mindfulness; more than this to match specific meditation techniques to therapeutic modalities.

    With clarity, deep subject knowledge and a wealth of experience, this book sets out how mindfulness can support therapists in their work. Recognising that therapists bring themselves to work, Dr Ross explains how mindfulness can support their effectiveness, but also ensure they are nourished to do the work.

    The book is imbued with three interwoven strands that together give it its strength. First, Dr Ross is an experienced therapist, and draws on a wealth of experience that brings the book to life and lends it humanity. Second, he walks the talk of clarity, compassion, courage, and a sense of optimism about psychotherapeutic work. Third, he draws together a deep understanding of both therapy and Buddhism. Finally, he weaves these strands together masterfully into a compelling and powerful weft.

    Several research studies suggest that therapists who learn mindfulness do better personally and professionally. This is a book any therapist with an interest in mindfulness should read to enrich their work.”

    Willem Kuyken, Ritblat Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Science, University of Oxford

    "Mindfulness has gained great popularity in recent years, but few seem to dive deeply into other types of meditation. Dr. Alexander Ross has put together a marvelously broad overview of many forms of meditation and how they relate to the various schools of psychotherapy. Providing more than just academic descriptions, Dr. Ross expresses insights from the depth of his own personal practice. Highly recommended for those who would like to integrate their psychotherapy with sophisticated meditation practices, complete with scripts and questions to process the exercises."

    Richard Jishou Sears, PsyD, psychologist, Zen master, and author of Mindfulness: Living Through Challenges and Enriching Your Life in This Moment

    "With clarity and precision, Dr Ross deftly blends together Western psychology, neuroscience, physiology, and meditation practices, creating a superb guide for mental health practitioners looking to understand and use meditation as a clinical anchor and ally. The volume is a remarkable addition to the ongoing important dialogue between Western therapeutic approaches and the timeless wisdom of contemplative practices."

    Fiona Brandon, MA, MFT, contemplative psychotherapist and co-editor of Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy