A Counselor's Guide to Christian Mindfulness
Mindfulness is now a therapeutic touchstone for a range of emotional issues, from mild distress to the treatment of trauma, emphasizing quiet, analog practices that balance out the busyness of our daily techno-heavy lives. Christian mindfulness is about making time, on purpose, to turn our whole attention to God so that we can hear His still small voice above the chatter. It is a sense of awareness which encompasses the thought life of the person leading them to become more aware of their thoughts with a conscious, non-judgmental posture.
In A Counselor's Guide to Christian Mindfulness John Trent and Regina Trammel offer counselors training in mindfulness skills used in evidence-based practices, such as dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. These therapies have been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of many mental health issues, blending elements in the fields of neuroscience, social science, and religious training. Regina Trammel and John Trent offer a Christian perspective that will be extremely helpful in helping Christian counselors and therapists to confidently use mindfulness interventions with those they treat and help.
Christian mindfulness means that we turn our minds to God and he transforms our thoughts and emotions as we unite our will, our mind, and ultimately, our control over to him as the perfecter and healer of our faith.
The practice of Christian mindfulness can be tremendously helpful in developing biblical skills to help clients manage their intrusive and stressful thoughts, emotions, relationships, and challenges. This book fills a gap for Christian counselors and therapists who are eager for a resource that teaches mindfulness skills from a purposefully Christian and biblical perspective.
About the Authors
Regina Chow Trammel, PhD, LCSW, is an assistant professor of social work at Azusa Pacific University and holds a PhD in social work from Baylor University. She was employed as a psychotherapist in the Chicago area and is a licensed clinical social worker with expertise on treating depression, anxiety, and sexual abuse trauma. Dr. Regina Trammel has academic research publications on mindfulness and is a speaker on mindfulness for counselors and parents.
John Trent, PhD, a noted speaker and author, is president of StrongFamilies.com. He and Gary Smalley have won Gold Medallion writing awards for their books The Blessing and The Two Sides of Love. Dr. Trent has also written several children’s books, including I’d Choose You! based on The Blessing and the Gold Medallion award-winning book on children’s personalities, The Treasure Tree. Learn more about creating the Blessing culture and lifestyle at TheBlessing.com.