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Helen is writing a book based upon her experiences as a Buddhist and psychotherapist. 

The practice of human being: bringing the dharma in to counselling and psychotherapy

Now widely practiced, there is a growing recognition that mindfulness meditation requires its Buddhist roots for the deepest benefits to be realised. As a Buddhist trained in Western psychotherapeutic approaches, I was inspired by the proposition of bringing Buddhist principles to the healing task but simultaneously frustrated by a lack of “how to”. Attempting to address this “gap”, in this book I share my personal and professional experiences of integrating the spiritual and the psychological paths to ease the pain inherent to human being. The book holds appeal to trainee therapists interested in Buddhism, and to Buddhists interested in what psychotherapy has to offer.

Below is a draft Table of Contents; an updated version can be found on her  "blog to book" website   

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

  1. About me
  2. The inspiration to write this book
  3. East meets West
    1. Why both? Do we really need another therapy?
    2. Wholeness; Human being and becoming
    3. Existing systems of Buddhism-informed therapy
    4. A note on philosophy

CHAPTER 2: THE HUMAN CONDITION

  1. Vignette
  2. The View
    1. Suffering
    2. Impermanence
    3. Non-self
  3. Vignette
  4. You are perfect…and you could use a little work
  5. The Buddhist view vs Western models
    1. Human nature
    2. Psychological distress
    3. Healing goal
  6. Client case study

CHAPTER 3: SUFFERING AS THE PATH (FIRST AND SECOND NOBLE TRUTHS)

  1. Vignette
  2. Pain inevitable, suffering optional
  3. How we create suffering
  4. Our body keeps the score
    1. Unravelling karma
    2. Karma revealed in the body
    3. Working with Impulse
  5. Client case study

CHAPTER 4: ALLEVIATION OF DISTRESS (THIRD AND FOURTH NOBLE TRUTHS)

  1. Vignette
  2. Mind the gap
  3. Response-ability and choice
  4. Finding true refuge
  5. Client case study

CHAPTER 5: THE ROLE OF THE THERAPIST-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP

  1. Vignette
  2. To know our suffering
  3. Relational wounding, relational healing
  4. Presence, Attunement, Resonance, Trust
  5. Client case study

CHAPTER 6: THE ROLE OF MEDITATION PRACTICES

  1. Vignette
  2. De-bunking some meditation myths
  3. Types of meditation practice
  4. How meditation may help the therapeutic journey

CHAPTER 7: PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS AND APPLICATION

  1. Essential ground for the therapist
  2. The place of ethics
  3. Working with complex presentations
  4. Client case study
  5. Working with Buddhists and non-Buddhists
  6. Client case study

CHAPTER 8: BENEFITS OF AN INTEGRATED PATH

  1. Bringing together heaven and earth
  2. Shuttling between insight and experience
  3. Avoiding spiritual bypassing
  4. Client case study

CHAPTER 9: GROUND, PATH, FRUITION

  1. Becoming a Buddhism-informed practitioner
  2. Personal practice
  3. Training
  4. Conclusion
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