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Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 218–227 | Cite as

The Clinician as Neuroarchitect: The Importance of Mindfulness and Presence in Clinical Practice

  • Lisa L. BaldiniEmail author
  • Suzanne C. Parker
  • Benjamin W. Nelson
  • Daniel J. Siegel
Original Paper

Abstract

Interpersonal neurobiology provides a framework from which to examine the incorporation of mindsight and mindfulness into clinical practice, employing the brain’s capacity for neuroplasticity to move oneself and one’s clients toward greater well-being. Through the lens of interpersonal neurobiology, this article will examine the benefits of mindfulness for clinicians, clients, and the therapeutic relationship. Lasting changes associated with mindfulness practices, including the hypothesized potential to alter one’s previously insecure attachment patterns, will also be discussed. An explanation of how to cultivate mindfulness by starting with presence and sustaining the practice with compassion will then be presented. Finally, practices that cultivate growth within the therapist–client relationship will be explained, along with clinical applications and recent research demonstrating the neural correlates of these practices and how they are effective at the level of the brain itself.

Keywords

Interpersonal neurobiology Mindsight Mindfulness Presence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa L. Baldini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Suzanne C. Parker
    • 2
  • Benjamin W. Nelson
    • 3
    • 4
  • Daniel J. Siegel
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
  1. 1.Center for Health Care EvaluationVA Palo Alto Health Care SystemMenlo ParkUSA
  2. 2.University of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  3. 3.UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human BehaviorLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA
  5. 5.Mindsight InstituteLos AngelesUSA
  6. 6.UCLA School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA
  7. 7.UCLA Mindful Awareness Research CenterLos AngelesUSA
  8. 8.Foundation for Psychocultural Research-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and DevelopmentLos AngelesUSA

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