Insights into psychology: Compassion-focused therapy

What is… Compassion-Focused Therapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term: compassion-focused therapy Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) is a form of therapy developed by Paul Gilbert that draws on compassion to eliminate suffering, including shame and self-criticism.  The theoretical basis spans a number of fields, and incorporates both Western and … Continue reading What is… Compassion-Focused Therapy

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Book cover: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

Book Review: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, 2nd ed., is written by Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein.  MBSR is an approach that was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, whose book Wherever You Go There You Are I've previously reviewed on MH@H. The authors offer this description of mindfulness: "Mindfulness is about being fully aware of whatever is happening … Continue reading Book Review: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

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The Happiness Diary by Barbara Kipfer book cover

Book review: The Happiness Diary

The Happiness Diary: Practice Living Joyfully by Barbara A. Kipfer guides you through various self-reflection exercises and prompts to connect with the potential for happiness that already exists in your life.  It's designed to be used as a notebook and written in, and each page is beautifully illustrated. I'm always a tad wary of happiness-promoting books/articles, … Continue reading Book review: The Happiness Diary

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book cover: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster by Patricia Zurita Ona

Book review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster

Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster: ACT for the Emotionally Sensitive by Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona draws upon acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) techniques to help "super-feelers" work with their emotions more effectively. What is a super-feeler?  It's a term the author uses to describe people who struggle with emotional regulation, meaning they experience intense emotions … Continue reading Book review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster

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Book cover: Wherever you go there you are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Book review: Wherever You Go There You Are

I was expecting good things from Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  He is the developer of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) therapy, and a founding director of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  This book was a best-seller, yet it managed to … Continue reading Book review: Wherever You Go There You Are

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Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder book cover

Book review: Mindfulness For Bipolar Disorder

Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder: How Mindfulness and Neuroscience Can Help You Manage Your Bipolar Symptoms by Dr. William R. Marchand lays out specific areas for mindfulness practices that be useful in managing bipolar disorder symptoms (and most if the book is also applicable to other mood disorders).  I believe mindfulness can be a really helpful thing … Continue reading Book review: Mindfulness For Bipolar Disorder

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