You can spend years in graduate school, internship, and clinical practice. You can learn to skillfully conceptualise cases and structure interventions for your clients. You can have every skill and advantage as a therapist, but if you want to make the most of every session, both you and your client need to show up in the therapy room. Really show up. And this kind of mindful presence can be a lot harder than it sounds.
Mindfulness for Two is a practical and theoretical guide to the role mindfulness plays in psychotherapy, specifically acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). In the book, author Kelly Wilson carefully defines mindfulness from an ACT perspective and explores its relationship to the six ACT processes and to the therapeutic relationship itself. With unprecedented clarity, he explains the principles that anchor the ACT model to basic behavioural science. The latter half of the book is a practical guide to observing the fostering mindfulness in your clients and in yourself – good advice you can put to use in your practice right away. Wilson, coauthor of the seminal Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, guides you through this sometimes-challenging material with the clarity, humour, and warmth for which he is known around the world. More than any other resource available, Mindfulness for Two gets at the heart of Wilson’s unique brand of experiential ACT training.
‘Kelly Wilson does a masterful job of framing the many different ways in which a therapist grounded in mindfulness might skillfully nurture greater awareness and self-knowing in his or her clients… This book makes a seminal contribution to the growing literature on ACT and its interface with mindfulness theory and practice.’
- Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living
‘This is a book of enormous breadth and depth, a book full of wisdom from an internationally acclaimed clinician and researcher. Wilson builds bridges between therapy traditions in a wonderful way. For those who already teach mindfulness as part of their therapy, this is a must-read. For those who are yet to do so, this book is the best invitation possible.’
- Mark Williams, professor of clinical psychology at Uni. Of Oxford
‘This book provides the clearest description I’ve seen of how understanding both mindfulness and behavior analysis contributes to effective therapy. It also provides unique, creative, and powerful exercises to help therapists cultivate mindful awareness of their interactions with their clients to create life-changing conversations.’
- Ruth A. Baer, professor of psychology at Uni. of Kentucky