Buddhist approaches to counselling and psychotherapy:Exploratory discussions from different traditions

Ng, Alvin Lai Oon * and Hon, Ee Mun and Chia, Ming Tik (2019) Buddhist approaches to counselling and psychotherapy:Exploratory discussions from different traditions. In: Multicultural Counseling Applications for Improved Mental Healthcare Services. Medical Information Science Reference, Hershey, PA, pp. 183-199. ISBN 1522560734

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Three authors from differing Buddhist backgrounds share their approaches to using Buddhism in psychotherapy. The authors argue that Buddhism itself is fundamentally a psychotherapy approach because it is essentially a prescription to end discontent and misery. This chapter provides basic points on how Buddhism can be used in counselling by discussing how different Buddhist traditions might approach counselling. This chapter also brings up reflections on how practice may differ according to experience in the fields of counselling and clinical psychology. Overall, the chapter is subdivided into six parts: (1) introduction; (2) basic tenets of Buddhism relevant to psychotherapy; (3) case study illustrations of applied Buddhism in counselling and psychotherapy; (4) discussion on reconciling differing Buddhist schools of thought in the practice of counselling and psychotherapy; (5) discussion on compatibility of Buddhist principles with applied Western philosophies and therapeutic approaches; and (6) suggestions of future directions given the current research literature patterns.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism
Divisions: Sunway University > School of Engineering and Technology [formerly School of Science and Technology until 2020] > Dept. Psychology moved to SMLS wef 2021
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2019 09:14
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2023 13:59
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/987

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