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Use of mindfulness in clinical practice. In Allen, J.B., Wolf, E. (Eds.), Innovations in Clinical Practice: A 21st Centry Sourcebook, Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press.
by Robert B. Denton and Richard W. Sears

This book chapter from Professional Resource Press,provides an overview of the ways mindfulness is being applied to clinical practice today.


Mindfulness book cover

Mindfulness in Clinical Practice
by Richard Sears, Dennis Tirch, Robert B. Denton
Forewords by Lama Surya Das and Steven C. Hayes

This book, published and currently available through Professional Resource Press, provides an overview of the ways mindfulness is being applied to clinical practice today.

Professional Resource Press

Praise for Mindfulness in Clinical Practice:

“At a time of surging interest in the therapeutic possibilities of mindfulness, this important volume provides clinicians with the vital nuts and bolts details for incorporating these transformative practices into their patient care.”

-Zindel Segal, Ph.D., author of The Mindful Way through Depression.


“This book is essential reading for any clinician interested in gaining insight into the growing development of the use of mindfulness-based interventions in clinical practice.  The authors are to be commended for their clear and pragmatic overview and the thoroughness in which they cover the underlying principles involved in teaching and working with mindfulness in the clinical setting. I highly recommend this book.”

-Susan Woods, MSW, LCSW


"Readers will gain considerable knowledge and clinical skills in practicing and teaching mindfulness meditation.  Several mindfulness programs designed to help clients with various clinical problems are included.  The authors are to be commended for putting together this comprehensive review.  I highly recommend it."

G. Alan Marlatt, co-author of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention


“For a book of its length, remarkable in both breadth and depth.  An excellent resource for both the novice and the expert in the field.”

-Thomas Bien, Ph.D.  Author of: Mindful Therapy, Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship, and The Buddha’s Way of Happiness.


Mindfulness in Clinical Practice is a reader’s rare delight, especially for the hard working therapist who wishes to become more skillful from the inside out with the practice and clinical applications of mindfulness meditation in the treatment room.  The authors have masterfully reviewed the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Zindel Segal, Steven C. Hayes, and others to bring together a fresh and vitalized approach to wed the 2000-year-old wisdom teachings of the East with contemporary methods of psychotherapeutic practice.  This book is a real gem and a must have for the tool box for every clinician who desires to both transform his/her own awareness and bring that shift into the treatment room!!! 

-Ronald Alexander, Executive Director of the Open Mind Training Institute, Santa Monica, California, Author of Wise Mind Open Mind, Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Crisis, Loss and Change.


“I am so pleased to see this inspiring work my friends Richard, Dennis, and Robert have done in making these mindfulness practices more accessible and useful for therapists, helping others to heal and become more fully functional members of our communities. This ancient inner technology is an exciting new wave bound to enrich the Western sciences of the mind.”

-Stephen K. Hayes, founder of To Shin Do, author of Action Meditation and How to Own the World.


Mindfulness in Clinical Practice is a clear, useful, practical guide to understanding both the ancient and the new approaches to mindfulness. Given the recent emphasis in cognitive behavioral therapies on using mindfulness, this book will help the clinician understand what mindfulness is, how it is reflected in different CBT approaches, and how it can be readily implemented. The authors each bring their unique experience and voice to a helpful guide that clinicians will value.

-Robert Leahy, Ph.D., Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, author of Cognitive Therapy Techniques and The Worry Cure.


This book beautifully and skillfully weaves a clear understanding of the nature of mindfulness into the ways it is used in a variety of recent therapies. It offers clear examples of mindful practices, how to use them clinically and with well researched evidence in support. An important work at an important time, easy to read, useful and highly informative.

-Prof Paul Gilbert OBE, author of The Compassionate Mind


“This is a much needed and useful book for clinicians interested in mindfulness by clinicians that are steeped in its practice.  It is clear and comprehensive and includes a CD which is experiential.   I recommend it for every clinician who’s curious about mindfulness and wants to apply it in their clinical practice.”

-Elana Rosenbaum, MS, MSW, Board Certified Clinical Social Worker, author, Here for Now: Living Well with Cancer through Mindfulness, adjunct faculty and senior teacher at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School. 


This book fulfills two critical needs and belongs on the bookshelf of any researcher, clinician, or student interested integrating mindfulness into their work. 

First, as mindfulness grows in popularity beyond individuals who have really taken time to study, there are risks. One that has troubled me is people using mindfulness as a "feel good" tonic. This is a slippery slope--in part because mindfulness makes a decent tonic. The problem is that mindfulness used as a feel-good tonic limits access to the more substantial gifts mindfulness has to offer. Mindfulness is not a place to hide from life, to seek relief from life. The more substantial gift of mindfulness is wakeful, enriched, engagement in day-to-day living. This book shows excellent sensitivity to this very tricky issue. 

Second, the authors sought to provide a book that responds to the question “If I could read just one book about mindfulness, what would you recommend?” They did so with depth, style, nuance, and care. The authors provide a thoughtful overview of mindfulness as it emerges in a variety of empirically-responsible treatment models. The book is deep without being burdensome. It shows the nuances of the models without engaging in needless fights or controversy. If you are interested in mindfulness in modern science-based psychological therapies, buy this book. It is a gem.  

-Kelly Wilson, Ph.D., author of Mindfulness for Two and Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety.


This book is a unique and valuable resource for clinicians. The authors clearly come from rich personal histories of mindfulness and clinical practice, and offer a clear, well-organized overview of mindfulness in Western psychology. This single book provides a practical, straightforward discussion of the roots, research, and clinical applications of mindfulness, in language accessible to a wide audience. The authors discuss specific mindfulness traditions, current treatment programs, and common underlying theories and practices.  Clinical and case examples and excerpted dialogue provide clear illustrations of how clinicians might integrate mindfulness practices into both group and individual therapy.

-Sarah Bowen, Ph.D., author of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician's Guide


If you want to know how mindfulness skills can be helpful to your clients, Mindfulness in Clinical Practice provides a comprehensive answer.  This solid, easy-to-read synthesis of mindfulness research creates a broad knowledge base for new and experienced clinicians.  The book explains the value of bringing mindfulness skills into the therapy room and clearly outlines how it can help your clients grow and heal.

-Susan Albers, PsyD, author of Eating Mindfully; Eat, Drink & Be Mindful; and Mindful Eating 101


This book provides remarkably thorough yet clear and concise coverage of the leading mindfulness-based interventions. Conceptual background, treatment strategies, empirical support, and numerous interesting clinical considerations are all discussed in ways that will be helpful and interesting for all levels of expertise.

-Ruth Baer, PhD, author of Assessing Mindfulness & Acceptance Processes in Clients and Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches


If you are looking for the authoritative book on mindfulness and psychotherapy, here it is. In this intimate, accessible and comprehensive volume, the authors’ deep wisdom and practice experience emerge compelling us to consider ways to apply mindfulness so as to relieve our clients’ suffering. Regardless of prior exposure to or grounding in mindfulness, the reader will find Mindfulness in Clinical Practice immensely useful and informative for its concrete examples, sample exercises, and clear, insightful exploration regarding the interface of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Andrew Bein, Ph.D., LCSW                                                                                                             

Professor of Social Work,

California State University, Sacramento

Author of: The Zen of Helping: Spiritual Principles for Mindful and Open-Hearted Practice


Mindfulness in Clinical Practice is filled with accessible overviews of research-based programs woven into a beautiful and coherent summary of how various approaches to mindfulness can inform and transform psychotherapeutic interventions.  Sears, Tirch and Denton have provided a wonderful and important gift to the clinical community that offers deep wisdom and practical steps to help people move from suffering to well-being.  A clear and concise guide, this book is sure to find a welcome home on the shelves of therapists from a wide range of disciplines seeking more effective ways to bring healing into their work and into the world.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.   Author, The Mindful Therapist: A clinician’s guide to mindsight and neural integration; and Mindsight: The new science of personal transformation.


R. Brian Denton, Psy.D.


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