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Using Mindfulness to Connect with Therapy Clients

Meditation Exercises Soothe Clients and Build Rapport

Jerome Front • 2/18/2015

In the spacious room where I'm leading a retreat on relational mindfulness, several dozen therapists sit with their eyes closed, silently attending to their breathing. Many people understand this process as a path toward individual growth and healing, and it is. But the paradox of mindfulness meditation is that in cultivating a more attuned and loving relationship to ourselves, we nurture our capacity for a more resonant connection with others. Mindfulness has a pay-it-forward momentum---for when clinicians are more attuned to their clients, they, in turn, can more readily move forward into greater awareness and kindness toward themselves.

Daily Blog
Copyright:
1/29/2013
Authors:
DAVID TREADWAY, PH.D.
 
JEROME FRONT, LMFT
 
MOLLY LAYTON, PHD
 
ZINDEL SEGAL, PH.D.
Product:
NRC095575

A Quiet Revolution

Therapists Are Learning a New Way to Be With Their Clients

Jerome Front • 1/1/2008

If you're a therapist these days, it's hard to open a publication—or your mailbox—without hearing about mindfulness. Are the Eastern wisdom traditions changing the face of our field and our notions of the therapeutic relationship?

Magazine Article
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Copyright:
1/29/2013
Authors:
DAVID TREADWAY, PH.D.
 
JEROME FRONT, LMFT
 
MOLLY LAYTON, PHD
 
ZINDEL SEGAL, PH.D.
Product:
NRC095575
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Using Mindfulness to Connect with Therapy Clients

Meditation Exercises Soothe Clients and Build Rapport

Jerome Front • 2/18/2015

In the spacious room where I'm leading a retreat on relational mindfulness, several dozen therapists sit with their eyes closed, silently attending to their breathing. Many people understand this process as a path toward individual growth and healing, and it is. But the paradox of mindfulness meditation is that in cultivating a more attuned and loving relationship to ourselves, we nurture our capacity for a more resonant connection with others. Mindfulness has a pay-it-forward momentum---for when clinicians are more attuned to their clients, they, in turn, can more readily move forward into greater awareness and kindness toward themselves.

Daily Blog
Page 1 of 1

A Quiet Revolution

Therapists Are Learning a New Way to Be With Their Clients

Jerome Front • 1/1/2008

If you're a therapist these days, it's hard to open a publication—or your mailbox—without hearing about mindfulness. Are the Eastern wisdom traditions changing the face of our field and our notions of the therapeutic relationship?

Magazine Article
Page 1 of 1
Jerome Front, M.A., M.F.T., has designed experiential mindfulness retreats for more than 12 years, and teaches weekly meditation classes. He's an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. He was a workshop leader at the 2007 "Mindfulness and Psychotherapy" Conference at UCLA, featuring Thich Nhat Hahn and Daniel Siegel.