These dialogues with child, adolescent and adult psychotherapists and child psychiatrists focus on their personal as well as professional experiences. All the contributors have a long-standing practice of Buddhism or other forms of meditation. The relevance of this to their clinical work with infants, children, adolescents, families and adults is described. Buddhist principles such as suffering, impermanence, non-attachment, no-self and the Four Noble Truths influence the contributors' practice of psychotherapy with children and with the child in the adult. Similarities and differences between the two traditions of Buddhism and psychotherapy are highlighted in these dialogues, which are embedded in deep, personal and transforming experiences that are shared by the authors.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND CONTRIBUTORSFOREWORD by Mary TwymanPROLOGUE Reflections on Buddhism and child psychoanalytic psychotherapyINTRODUCTIONCHAPTER ONE A baby is born Dialogue with Claudia GoulderCHAPTER TWO Let us allow to arrive: bringing into being Dialogue with Rosalind PowrieCHAPTER THREE The Buddha in the skyDialogue with Stephen MallochCHAPTER FOUR Serendipity in the magic garden Dialogue with Deirdre DowlingCHAPTER FIVE The presence of the therapistDialogue with Monica LanyadoCHAPTER SIX The moon allows the sun to shine on itDialogue with Dorette EngiCHAPTER SEVEN Coming homeDialogue with AnonymousCHAPTER EIGHT The curative factorDialogue with Pamela BartramCHAPTER NINE The facilitating silenceDialogue with Sara LeonCHAPTER TEN Nothing fixedDialogue with AkashadeviCHAPTER ELEVEN Walking with BuddhaDialogue with friendsCHAPTER TWELVE The smug BuddhaDialogue with Caroline HelmCHAPTER THIRTEEN What works for whom?Dialogue with Myra BergCHAPTER FOURTEEN Mindfulness and meditation in the consulting room Dialogue with Ricky EmanuelCHAPTER FIFTEEN Vagal superstars Dialogue with Graham MusicCHAPTER SIXTEEN Jung and the BuddhaDialogue with Jackie Van RoosmalenCHAPTER SEVENTEEN A Burmese noodle soup with BuddhaDialogue with Aye Aye YeeCHAPTER EIGHTEEN From the cushion to the couchDialogue with Nicholas CarrollCHAPTER NINETEEN The child in the adult: psychotherapy informed by BuddhismDialogue with Steven MendozaEPILOGUE INDEX