Cultivating compassion in psychological therapists: the potential of loving-kindness meditation
Boellinghaus, I. 2011. Cultivating compassion in psychological therapists: the potential of loving-kindness meditation. PhD Thesis Canterbury Christ Church University Department of Applied Psychology
Section A: summarises theory and research relevant to the role of compassion in the work of psychological therapists. Two approaches that are thought to cultivate compassion, namely, mindfulness meditation and loving-kindness meditation (LKM), are introduced and their potential for fostering compassion in therapists is explored. Following this, extant empirical studies examining the effects of mindfulness-based and loving-kindness interventions on compassion are critically evaluated. Limitations and gaps in the existing evidence base are discussed, and the need for further research, such as studies using LKM with therapists, is outlined.
|Keywords||Psychotherapists; Psychologists; Students; Trainees; Compassion; Empathy; Mindfulness; Interpretative phenomenological analysis|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||28 Oct 2011|
|Accepted author manuscript|