Books & Publications

Mindful Compassion Resources

Our team is consistently working to bring the cutting edge of the science of mindful compassion and well-being to you. The books listed below are available for both interested lay readers and for mental health professionals . . .

Compassionate-Mind Guide to Overcoming Anxiety: Using Compassion-Focused Therapy to Calm Worry, Panic and Fear

Anxiety is not your fault. There are many factors that contribute to developing a mind that is prone to intense anxiety, and if you have such a mind, there are many things you can do to change the way it works. Research has shown that practicing kindness and compassion soothes experiences of fear, while self-critical thoughts tend to intensify them. If you become frustrated with your anxious reactions or consistently try to talk yourself out of your anxiety, it may be time to try a different approach.

“Dennis Tirch is a master of where CBT has been and of where CBT is going. In this book, you will find a broad contemporary understanding of anxiety and a host of very, very practical ways to come into a more compassionate relationship with anxiety. The book offers a different way of being with anxiety that will have implications in your life that extend well beyond anxiety. You can expect changes in your relationship with anxiety that offer a path to rich and engaged living.”

Kelly G. Wilson, PhD, Co-Founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Associate Professor at the University of Mississippi, and author of Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong

The ACT Practitioner's Guide to the Science of Compassion: Tools for Fostering Psychological Flexibility

“An elegant synthesis of ancient wisdom and modern science. Packed full of powerful insights and practical tools, this book is an incredibly useful resource not just for acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) practitioners, but for anyone with an interest in compassion. Highly recommended!”

—Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap and ACT Made Simple

“This is a truly unique book that examines the points of intersection between acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and other approaches to mindfulness and self-compassion. While having a remarkable level of detail and theoretical sophistication, the book also provides case examples and easy, practical techniques to help therapists integrate compassion practice into their work with clients in a meaningful way.”

—Kristin Neff, PhD, Associate Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, TX, pioneering researcher into the mental health benefits of self-compassion, and author of Self-Compassion

Buddhist Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: A Clinician's Guide by Dennis Tirch PhD

“Since the emergence of CBT approaches emphasizing mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion, this book has been crying out to be written. It is unique in offering a detailed and thoughtful analysis of the relationship between Western psychological science and Buddhism’s clear-eyed, sophisticated theory of mind and transformative practices. Lucidly written, the book is enlivened by engaging clinical examples and experiential exercises. This is essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the ancient tradition that shapes evolving psychological approaches to the relief of suffering.”

Melanie Fennell, PhD, Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Oxford University, United Kingdom

Emotion Regulation in Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide

“This book is a unique contribution to the literature; one that is particularly important given the pervasiveness of emotion regulation problems across multiple disorders. I highly recommend it.”

Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Director, Behavioral Research and Training Clinics, University of Washington

“Leahy, Tirch, and Napolitano have managed an incredible feat. They freely integrate a diverse range of psychotherapies spanning the last century and utilize basic science to develop a focused transdiagnostic intervention that will appeal to therapists of all disciplines. The book presents a wonderful selection of principles for helping clients to understand their emotions, face them, and use them to build a life of compassion and purpose, rather than a spiraling pattern of constricting habits of avoidance and suppression. I welcome this holistic yet pragmatic turn in the development of mental health interventions.”

Warren Mansell, DPhil, DClinPsy, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

“At a time of surging interest in the therapeutic possibilities of mindfulness, this important volume provides clinicians with the vital nuts and bolts details for incorporating these transformative practices into their patient care.”

Zindel Segal PhD, author of The Mindful Way Through Depression

“This book is a comprehensive guide to mindfulness methods in clinical practice, written by expert clinicians with a long standing interest in contemplative practice and the mindfulness traditions.”

-Steven C. Hayes, PhD, co-founder and co-author of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy