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Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, is Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

Dr. Siegel teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind–body treatment, has worked for many years in community mental health with inner-city children and families, and maintains a private practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He is the coauthor of
Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain, coeditor of the acclaimed books for professionals, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, and coauthor of the new professional text, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy.

Dr. Siegel lives with his wife in Lincoln. He regularly uses the practices in this book to work with his own busy, unruly mind.
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Other Books and Videos by Dr. Siegel
Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain
Ronald D. Siegel, Michael H. Urdang, and Douglas R. Johnson
Broadway Books, 2002

For five million Americans at any given time, chronic back pain is a nightmarish disability that interferes with every aspect of their lives. While it has usually been attributed to damaged disks or other structures of the spine, new evidence points to a cycle of psychological stress, muscle tension, and fear-based avoidance of activity as the true cause for the vast majority of sufferers.

Back Sense presents a step-by-step self-treatment program for chronic back pain which integrates recent advances in medical and psychological research with mindfulness practice. The program draws upon cognitive, psychodynamic, and behavioral techniques along with mindfulness-based exercises to help patients interrupt the cycles that maintain the condition.

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Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy
Susan Pollak, Tom Pedulla, & Ronald Siegel
Guilford, 2014 
This practical guide helps therapists from virtually any specialty or theoretical orientation choose and adapt mindfulness practices most likely to be effective with particular patients, while avoiding those that are contraindicated. The authors provide a wide range of meditations that build the core skills of focused attention, mindfulness, and compassionate acceptance. Vivid clinical examples show how to weave the practices into therapy, tailor them to each patient's needs, and overcome obstacles. Therapists also learn how developing their own mindfulness practice can enhance therapeutic relationships and personal well-being. The Appendix offers recommendations for working with specific clinical problems.

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Mindfulness and Psychotherapy (2nd Edition)
Christopher K. Germer, Ronald D. Siegel, and Paul R. Fulton, Editors.
Guilford Press, 2013
This practical book has given tens of thousands of clinicians and students a comprehensive introduction to mindfulness and its clinical applications. The book describes the philosophical underpinnings of mindfulness and reviews the growing body of treatment studies and neuroscientific research. Leading practitioners in the field present clear-cut procedures for implementing mindfulness techniques and teaching them to patients experiencing depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and other problems. Also addressed are ways that mindfulness practices can increase acceptance and empathy in the therapeutic relationship. User-friendly features include illustrative case examples and practice exercises.

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Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice
Christopher K. Germer and Ronald D. Siegel, Editors.
Guilford Press, 2012
Bringing together leading scholars, scientists, and clinicians, this compelling volume explores how therapists can cultivate wisdom and compassion in themselves and their clients. Chapters describe how combining insights from ancient contemplative practices and modern research can enhance the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, suicidal behavior, couple conflict, and parenting stress. Seamlessly edited, the book features numerous practical exercises and rich clinical examples. It examines whether wisdom and compassion can be measured objectively, what they look like in the therapy relationship, their role in therapeutic change, and how to integrate them into treatment planning and goal setting. The book includes a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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The Science of Mindfulness:
A Research-Based Path to Well-Being
Ronald Siegel
The Great Courses, 2014

This 24 lecture video or audio course provides practical skills anyone can use to deal more effectively with everyday psychological challenges and live a richer, happier, more fulfilling life. Once you understand the core components of mindfulness practices and how they work to alleviate psychological distress, you’ll be able to creatively adapt them to meet the needs of changing conditions. You’ll develop a solid theoretical understanding of mindfulness from both ancient wisdom and modern scientific perspectives, receiving instruction and guidance in how to develop a regular mindfulness practice and how to work with obstacles and challenges that may arise as you pursue it.


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Integrating Mindfulness Into Counseling and Psychotherapy
Ronald D. Siegel
Psychotherapy.net Videos, 2015

This unique video demonstrates real mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy sessions with four clients, complete with commentary and analysis. You'll see:

  • Carl, a man in his sixties with past suicidal ideation and current financial stress develop a “felt sense of meaning;”
  • Julia, a woman in her 20s grieving multiple deaths and suffering from anxiety track her moment-to-moment physical experience with acceptance rather than aversion;
  • Lorraine, a middle-aged woman with chronic back pain get in touch with the fear which exacerbates her condition;
  • Mac, a Japanese-American man who lived in an internment camp as a child, move toward greater emotional awareness in his desire to connect with his wife.

This is an excellent resource for clinicians wanting to understand what mindfulness-oriented therapy actually looks like and how it can fit into their work.

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Mindfulness for Anxiety
Ronald D. Siegel
American Psychological Association Videos, 2012

In Mindfulness for Anxiety, Dr. Siegel works with a young man who presents with stress-related chronic neck pain. First he helps the client to see that the mind plays a critical role in his presenting problem. Next, using the therapeutic understanding that resistance to mental and physical discomfort exacerbates suffering, Dr. Siegel works to identify the physical sensations and emotions that the client is struggling to avoid.

Through practicing acceptance of pain sensations, anxiety, and other emotions, the client is able to become more comfortable with these experiences as they arise, placing him on a path toward freedom from his disorder.

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