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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32512

Title: Mindfulness beyond the Third Wave: The Role of Mindfulness outside the Cognitive-behavioural Tradition
Authors: Horowitz, Sarah
Advisor: Moodley, Roy
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: mindfulness
psychotherapy
Buddhism
psychotherapeutic modality
psychology
qualitative research
therapist
Issue Date: 24-Jul-2012
Abstract: Mindfulness has been defined in cognitive-behavioural terms in the mental health literature despite its broader application by many practitioners. Mindfulness is a complex and often ambiguous concept that has historically been understood and applied in myriad ways depending on the context; thus its application to psychotherapy outside the cognitive-behavioural tradition is not necessarily straightforward, and has not been addressed. This study addressed this gap in the literature through interviews with 9 experienced psychotherapists who integrate mindfulness with non-cognitive-behavioural psychotherapeutic modalities or eclectic psychotherapy. Interviews addressed how participants a) define mindfulness, b) apply it to psychotherapy, and c) the aims of that integration. Data were analyzed via the grounded theory approach. The results depicted mindfulness and its potential applications as broader than its presentation in the mental health literature, and emphasized the role of contexts in shaping conceptualization and application. A broad, context-based model of mindfulness/psychotherapy integration is proposed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32512
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