Sitting Together, Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy
Essential Skills for
Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy
Susan M. Pollak | Thomas Pedulla | Ronald D. Siegel

Sitting Together, the first hands-on guide to mindfulness-based psychotherapy

Today, more and more therapists are interested in bringing the power of mindfulness into their everyday clinical work. But how do you actually do that?

This groundbreaking book shows the way. Sitting Together helps therapists from virtually any specialty or theoretical orientation choose and adapt mindfulness practices most likely to be effective with particular clients and patients, while avoiding those that are contraindicated. Building on the foundation of a personal meditation practice, it introduces exercises designed to develop the core skills of concentration, open monitoring, and compassionate acceptance, and brings each to life with detailed clinical illustrations.

Written for clinicians and by clinicians, Sitting Together is an indispensable handbook for all therapists who wish to incorporate mindfulness into both their personal and professional lives.

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An excellent guide, filled with skillful means and wise understanding.
Jack Kornfield, PhD
author of A Path with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
This comprehensive and beautifully organized book reveals the clinical expertise and human wisdom of its authors. With its treasure trove of meditations, case studies, and teachings, Sitting Together will be a cherished book for any therapist seeking to bring mindfulness alive in therapeutic work.
Tara Brach, PhD
author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

Truly impressive—a much-needed exploration of the multifaceted role that mindfulness meditation can play in optimizing psychotherapeutic practice. The book features a generous selection of practices, including rationales, handouts, and audio downloads. It provides both novices and experts with surefooted guidance for increasing mindful awareness in ways that are best suited to clients' needs.
Zindel V. Segal, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders, University of Toronto, author of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression
Sitting Together is an extraordinary achievement and an outstanding resource for introducing mindfulness into psychotherapy. The exercises are simple, powerful, and supported by clinical research. Most important, they help therapists and clients cultivate compassion for self and others. Practicing the skills in this book encourages the wise mind and good heart of both therapist and client to emerge. Destined to become a classic in the field.
Joan Borysenko, PhD
author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and Guilt is the Teacher, Love is the Lesson