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Mindfulness: Implications of and evidence for use in couples therapy

Lockwood, Adam (2013) Mindfulness: Implications of and evidence for use in couples therapy. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal, 4. pp. 43-54.

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The practice of mindfulness has been actively integrated into psychotherapy for decades. Mindfulness has been successfully used to reduce stress, prevent relapse of major depression and substance abuse, and for the treatment of borderline personality disorder. However, its use in marriage and couples therapy settings is still somewhat novel (Carson, Carson, Gil, & Baucom, 2004; Gehart & McCollum, 2007). In this brief article the basic tenets of mindfulness and Buddhist philosophy are explained and their application in couples therapy and therapist training are explored. Specifically, the benefits of non-attachment and mindfulness to both clients and counselors are discussed as are the changes needed to promote mindfulness cultivation in therapist training programs. Additionally, research into the effectiveness of Mindfulness on marital satisfaction is examined.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is published annually and dedicated to publishing refereed articles related to professional counseling in general and issues and counseling approaches that focus on wellness and personal adjustment. Publication priority was given to current Masters and Doctoral students from CACREP-accredited Counseling Programs with active Chi Sigma Iota Chapters. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is the official publication of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Northern Arizona University.
Keywords: wellness, mindfulness, couples, therapy, psychotherapy, depression
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Department/Unit: Journals > Counseling and Wellness Journal
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 20:47
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/2648

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