The Mindful Therapist

  • by Daniel J. Siegel
  • Narrated by Daniel J. Siegel
  • 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Research suggests that the presence of the therapist, and how the therapist truly forges a connection with the client in therapy, are the most crucial factors affecting the client’s healing process. An engaged, committed, caring therapist who is mindful of his or her own self - and how that self relates to the client - is the key determinant of how well that client will respond to therapy. The Mindful Therapist is a deep exploration of what it means to be mindful and how to cultivate mindfulness in the therapeutic relationship. Building on Siegel’s influential work, The Mindful Brain, this book is written in a unique, relational style in which the author speaks directly to the reader as a fellow professional - an informal yet in-depth conceptual discussion about the mind, brain, and human relations.
Because creating positive outcomes in psychotherapy hinges on the presence of the clinician as a person, here Siegel explores the underlying science beneath this assertion and offers experiential strategies to cultivate mindful presence in the therapist’s own life. Exercises offered throughout the book promote the development of “mindsight” - our ability to sense and shape the flow of energy and information within and between each of us. Mindsight promotes integration, a mindful presence, and the nurturing of empathic relationships - all of which are key to effective therapy.
The Mindful Therapist helps clinicians, both new and experienced in the healing arts, to dive deeply into how the mind interacts with the brain, and how disorder and rigidity can be transformed into integration and harmony.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

remove the meditation pauses.

What did you like best about The Mindful Therapist? What did you like least?

the subject is great, the information is great the audiobook overall was fine....but

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have a version for those who are actively driving or working out...meaning remove the pauses!! One is not neditating usually while listening to an audiobook. I think the 5 and 10 minute log meditative pauses have no place in an audiobook. its consuming to have to constantly fast forward through and not to mention the extra space the file takes up with the pauses.

Was The Mindful Therapist worth the listening time?

not entirely..see above

Any additional comments?

perhaps you can provide another version of audiobooks when there are long or many pauses involved. I would have appreciated the non meditative pause version

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- chantelle

Insane to Listen to

What disappointed you about The Mindful Therapist?

This book was very hard to follow as an audiobook. I think as a printed book, reading it visually, it would be somewhat easier to follow and understand his points. I also got the sense there were small but crucial diagrams in the printed book that were not available in the audio version. As a visual person, I found I really needed those. Perhaps later in the book this is not an issue .... I don't know as I wasn't able to get that far. It was impenetrable for me on audio.

What was most disappointing about Daniel J. Siegel’s story?

Overly complicated and very repetitive!

How could the performance have been better?

Have a professional voice actor/audiobook performance artist do it. Some authors can read their own stuff great, others no so much.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I'm sure it does since this book was recommended to me by someone whose judgement and knowledge I trust and admire, but I couldn't get far enough into the audiobook personally to find them.

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- Aimee H. Hermann

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-25-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio