Inquiring Deeply: Mindful Dynamic Psychotherapy
PRACTICING WITH PROBLEMS
“Inquiring Deeply” blends mindful awareness and psychotherapy into a coherent strategy for psychotherapy which cultivates intimacy with both and Self and Other. More than simply mindfulness of the present moment, Inquiring Deeply is intuitive understanding grounded in personal history, embodied experience, and the felt sense of things. It incorporates self-reflective awareness practices adapted from Buddhism (mindfulness, investigation, and inquiry) to amplify and “unpack” psychological experience.
The focus in “Inquiring Deeply” is deepening your understanding of your emotional life. By exploring your relationship with other people, you cultivate self-awareness; by exploring your relationship with yourself, you cultivate more harmonious relationships with others. This blended approach helps you engage a more receptive, mindful, and compassionate attention towards your experience of life itself.
Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst & Author
Mindfulness-Informed Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: INQUIRING DEEPLY
(Routledge Press, 2017)
Blending the knowledge of contemporary psychoanalysis with the wisdom of Buddhist view, Inquiring Deeply explores how mindfulness can be integrated into psychodynamic treatment as an aspect of self-reflection rather than as a cognitive behavioral technique or intervention.
Inquiring Deeply investigates how problems are constructed and shows how mindfulness and other ‘self-reflective awareness practices’ can be used strategically in psychodynamic treatment to amplify and unpack psychological experience.
Written for Buddhist-minded psychotherapists and psychologically-minded Buddhist practitioners alike, Inquiring Deeply describes a method for practicing with problems in the Buddhist sense of the word practice. It elucidates a strategy for finding the wisdom in problems and the opportunities for growth which are contained within them.
Inquiring Deeply, Together
Two heads Are Better Than One
My approach to psychotherapy, “Inquiring Deeply”, is a creative fusion of mindfulness and psychoanalytic understanding. It is based on the premise that psychological healing occurs when the deep pain of our grief, loss, and disappointments is met with empathy, compassion, and understanding from another.
By digging down to the interpersonal roots of what is bothering you, this work helps you gain insight into the psychological and relational forces that have shaped who you are.
The strategic application of mindful awareness helps you see more clearly the psychological patterns which cause and perpetuate your emotional difficulties.
Last but not least, the psychotherapeutic relationship itself directly teaches you how to lean into difficulties and rest in the present moment with greater self-acceptance and self-compassion.