Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Meditation in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Tidarat Puranachaikere
  • Corina M. Teofilo MattsonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_86


Mindfulness meditation

Name of the Strategy or Intervention

Meditation in Couple and Family Therapy


Distinctive forms of meditation can be found in diverse religions and cultures; bhavana in Buddhism, lienhsin in Taoism, zikr in Islamism, centering prayer in Christianity, and yogas in Hinduism. Meditation has been widely used in the Buddhist practice for more than 2,500 years to promote self-regulation, self-awareness, empathy, and compassion (Goleman 2006). In the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of meditation interventions in Western practices of psychotherapy. The increase in popularity of meditation practices has also increased interest in empirically based research practices, particularly on the topic of mindfulness meditation. Most mindfulness training programs frequently rely on specific forms of meditation and can also include other exercises. The terms mindfulness training and mindfulness meditationare usually used...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tidarat Puranachaikere
    • 1
    • 2
  • Corina M. Teofilo Mattson
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of Medicine Siriraj HospitalMahidol UniversityBangkokThailand

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  • Bahareh Sahebi
    • 2
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA