The Courage to Be Present Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Awakening of Natural Wisdom (Paperback)
|Author: Karen Kissel Wegela|
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|The quality of presence a psychotherapist or counselor brings to the therapeutic relationship makes all the difference in effective treatment. With this application of Buddhist practice to psychotherapy, Karen Kissel Wegela offers mental health professionals a new perspective on bringing compassion, patience, generosity, and equanimity to their work with clients. She also shows how counselors can apply this wisdom in their own lives, and how they can help their clients to cultivate these qualities in themselves.|
From the Publisher:
The quality of presence a therapist or counselor brings to the therapeutic relationship can make all the difference in the world in how effective treatment is. But an open, compassionate presence doesn’t just happen. Here, a seasoned psychotherapist shows how therapists—and anyone—can cultivate the presence of healing by using as their model the Buddhist figure of the bodhisattva, the archetype of compassionate service. For the growing number of professional counselors interested in meditation and Buddhist concepts, this book provides ways for integrating those principles and practices into their work with clients.
Dr. Wegela brings together her years of teaching psychology at the graduate level and practicing psychotherapy with clients, along with thirty years of meditation experience, to show just how useful Buddhist principles can be for enhancing the therapeutic process.