Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy

Potentially helpful resources
Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy:
improving relationships and treatment for depression, anxiety, grief/loss.

Betsy Nelson, LCSW
630 S. Orange Avenue, Suite 200
Sarasota FL 34236

for couples:
  • Johnson, Susan (2008). Hold Me Tight. This is a self-help manual on attachment in relationships & can be quite helpful, particularly while in couples' therapy.
  • Gottman, John. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (2004). This has lots of great practical tools for increasing positive feelings towards your partner and for helping to diagnose where your issues are.
mindfulness, and the mind:
  • Kabat-Zinn, Jon (1990) Full Catastrophe Living. Dr. Kabat-Zinn has become known for his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction workshops. This book provides a foundation for MBSR and contains lots of good (some a little dated), useful material.
  • Kabat-Zinn, Jon (2005). Wherever You go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. An elegant, daily-practice form of learning mindfulness. Neat, brief and very useful "chunks" of practice.
  • Kabat-Zinn, Jon (2005).  Coming to Our Senses:  Healing ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness.  I am currently making my own way though this book -- but it has been highly recommended to me by those I love. 
  • Santorelli, Saki (1999).  Heal Thyself.  Saki Santorelli directs the Mindfulness Institute, working alongside Jon Kabat-Zinn to promote healing among healers, people with pain & illness, and others wanting to improve their experience of living life.  This book is a wonderful peek into the world of an 8-week mindfulness program, with reminders that on the journey of seeking healing, we are all student and teacher, alike. 
  • Seigel, Daniel. (2007). The Mindful Brain. If you are really interested in knowing where the science of mindfulness is, and where it's going, and if you are patient with needing to use your intellect to read through something, this is very worthwhile reading!
  • Cozolino, Louis (2006). The Neuroscience of Human Relationships. I love this book - it sort of combines the work of Sue Johnson & Dan Seigel, both listed above, and makes the science interesting & useful. Very readable, in my opinion.
Web-based resources:

  • The Sarasota Mindfulness Institute is now open!  Please check out everything we have to offer, especially the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction & Cognitive Tools course.  We also offer 2 weekly free meditation sittings.
  • the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center offers various resources, some in the making, and short meditations to get you going.
  • Ted.com has lots of cool things on it, but one of my favorites is this talk by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. Dr. Taylor is a neuro-anatomist who had a left brain aneurysm/stroke and lived & healed to talk about it. If you don't believe in the brain's amazing differentiation or neuroplasticity, this should fix that for you.
  • HeartMath is a company that is doing amazing research & has a product for stress reduction called the emWave (either handheld for $199 or PC-based for $299). You can take their Stress and Well-Being assessment. There are also some great webinars offered here: if you want to know about the science & research behind HeartMath, scroll down the page to the Rollin McCraty, Ph.D. talk. It'll be a well-spent 80 minutes!
  • Byron Katie has, on her website, an outline of her transformational process, which she calls "The Work." She offers some very useful ways of "being with" you own perceptions.  I recommend this, especially if you can't afford on-going psychotherapy or if you wish to speed up your own growth or therapy process.
Other resources:
what is a mindfulness program? this is a listing of some possibilities:
  • yoga
  • t'ai chi
  • Qi gong
  • Centered Prayer
  • Meditation of various sorts
  • chanting
Betsy Nelson is listed at AllTherapist.com
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