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The Tao of Bipolar:
Using Meditation and Mindfulness to Find Balance and Peace
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Discover your calm, balanced center within
Learn how meditation changes your brain for the better
Practice meditation, breathing exercises, and evidence-based mindfulness
Foster your creativity
Improve your relationships
Many people with bipolar disorder lead productive and happy lives, and you can too. If you are bipolar, you may face certain psychological challenges like mood imbalances, periods of severe depression, and manic episodes. If you would like to supplement your medical treatment to help you better manage your symptoms and find your personal sense of balance, this is your guide.
Tao, a Chinese word meaning "the way," is a metaphysical concept for understanding the universe as a circular flow of energy. Drawing on a combination of ancient wisdeom, psychology, and neuroscience, this book will help you balance your emotions and reconnect with the serence center within.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Part I: Fundamental Principles and Facts
Chapter 1: Looking Through the Lens of Tao
Chapter 2: All About Bipolar Disorder
Chapter 3: How Meditation Can Change Your Brain
Part II: Learning Meditation
Chapter 4: Warming up to Meditation
Chapter 5: Focus on Breathing: The Gateway to Moods
Chapter 6: Open Focus: Developing Mindful Awareness
Chapter 7: No Focus: Clearing Your Mind
Part III: Easing Your Moods, Fulfilling Your Talents
Chapter 8: The Way Out of Stress
Chapter 9: Moderate Your Depression
Chapter 10: Harmonize Your Mania
Chapter 11: Balance Your Relationships Chapter
12: Nurture Your Potential
ADVANCED ACCLAIM FOR THE TAO OF BIPOLAR
"Annellen and Alex Simpkins have produced another great book that represents their lifelong commitment to helping people using unique resources...This step-by-step guide of systematic meditation techniques is designed for people diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The reader learns to enter into a different mental state that permits both relaxation and alertness, where once there was only mania or despair."
--Michele Ritterman, PhD author of The Tao of a Woman and Using Hypnosis in Family Therapy
"The deep message the conveys is: Nurture your potential by committing yourself to doing meditations. Find healthy daily routines of waking and sleeping, balance your moods to harmonize your relationships, and become what you want to become, trusting in the power of both Tao and nature...Even though the book is mainly directed to persons with bipolar disorder, it is also helpful for any therapist. The book nurtures the mind, body, and spirit of every reader, satisfies the need for sound knowledge, and gives the pleasure of reading a well-written book enriched by metaphors and cases."
--Consuelo Casula, psychologist, psychotherapist, and the president-elect of the Europeacn Society of Hypnosis
"Throughout this helpful, holistic, clear, and cogent book the experienced authors skillfully depict both the bipolar condition and the many therapeutic ways its symptoms may be alleviated. Compassionately reassuring the sufferer, the Simpkins encourage an attitude of non-judgmental awareness accomplished by meditation and breathing exercises to follow each day. ..This book will be of great help to any who read it and apply it to their lives."
--Tasha Halpert, author of Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life
The Simpkins have written a wonderful book. It begins with a solid foundation of ancient Eastern phiolosophy integrated with modern Western science and a clear description of bipolar disorder. The benefits of a variety of meditations are described and clear guidelines are offered to match these with the individual symptoms that different people experience. Simple, easy-to-follow exercises are offered throughout the book so each reader can experience their own process, leading to sustained improvements. This is a wonderful book and will be appreciated by many people suffering from bipolar disorder. I recommend it enthusiastically."
--Robert McMeilly, MBBS, an international teacher of Ericksonian approaches to psychotherapy and hypnosis.
"The Tao of Bipolar is a how-to guide to clearing your mind, easing your moods, and developing your talents. I'm pleased to have this powerful resource to offer to my patients. The Simpkins offer you the tools you need to gain a high level of awareness and control over your bipolar symptoms. Their easy explanations and practical meditation exercises will help you develop powerful, life-changing habits."
--Ashley Bavis Bush, LCSW, author of Shortcuts to Inner Peace and Transcending Loss
"A true self-help book. The authors expertly guide the reader through a description of bipolar disorder and teach, step-by-step, how to meditate to increase the ability to manage the mood swings that go with bipolar disorder. A great introduction for anyone considering treatment, and a thoughtful addition to talk and medication therapies."
--Tanya H. Hess, PhD, director of training at Coaching into Care, Philadelphia VA Medical Center
"A wonderfully well-written book integrating ancient philosophy of Tao and modern neuroscience for self-help with bipolar disorder."
--Kathryn and Ernest Rossi, authors of the video e-book Creating New Consciousness in Everyday Life
Neuroscience for Clinicians: Evidence, Models, and Practice
Springer 464 p. 98 illus.
Also avaiable as an E-Book
Very clear introduction to neuroscience for practicing psychologists
Helpful definitions of neuroterminiology
A broad range of topics are covered,
Based in the latest research findings
Clear applications for clinical practice
"This book is a terrific introduction to basic neuroscience , as a prelude to understanding the current excitement surrounding the neural basis of mind – body interactions. “
VS Ramachandran, PhD, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition , UCSD and author of The Tell-tale Brain
"Neuroscience for Clinicians is the book I have been waiting for...Among all the books on my shelves, Neuroscience for Clinicians is an exceptional book, and I highly recommend it."
Richard Landis, PhD Clinical Psychologist. Editor Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
"In summary, you have a wonderful treat awaiting you that has gifts liberally offered so that you will have a positive emotional experience and learn important information about neuroscience. I am recommending it to every clinician I know, and quoting the information they give to clients, therapists and myself, over and over."
John Lentz, DMin, Author of Trance Altering Epiphanies You Can Create and Compassionate Healing of Sex Addicts and Those Who Love Them
Neuroscience for Clinicians introduces an elegant new lens not only for understanding the role of the brain in pathology, but also for using this knowledge in therapy, to help the mind by treating the brain. Offering conceptual models and empirical data as well as hands-on techniques and practical guidelines, it describes methods versatile enough to be used by therapists across theoretical orientations. Detailed discussion of neuroplasticity explores the brain’s capacity for change and in-depth case studies of anxiety, substance abuse, cognitive problems, and mood disorders demonstrate the mind’s ability to alter brain structures during the course of therapy. And the book is written at a comfort level that requires no previous neuroscience background. Featured in the coverage:
Learning from brain-damaged individuals.
How neurons think and learn.
Neuroplasticity and neurogenesis: moment-by-moment change.
Incorporating the brain into treatment.
Maximizing the social brain.
Shifting the nervous system in common disorders.
Clinicians interested in understanding the brain’s interactions with the mind and its role in psychological problems will find Neuroscience for Clinicians stimulating and adaptable to their own approaches to therapy. The book can also enhance neuroscience and biological psychology classes in cognitive science, medical, and psychology departments.
Zen Meditation in Psychotherapy: Techniques for Clinical Practice
John Wiley & Sons
Zen Meditation in Psychotherapy brings us face-to-face with who we are in our most fundamental nature. The Simpkins evoke a clear consciousness both directly and indirectly, using Zen stories, moving case examples, and clear exercises to follow. They give us persuasive scientific evidence that shows how meditation works well for therapy and changes the brain for the better. With a broad array of both conscious and unconscious forms of meditation, you will find wisdom and enlightenment in your life and for your clients.
This book teaches meditation and mindfulness and shows how you can use it as a therapeutic tool. By promoting awareness, meditation allows people to do what they need and express themselves sincerely beyond psychological problems. Included are applications to anger, depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, weight management, and relationships, plus a general protocol for meditative therapy. There is also a section on meditation methods for therapists to relieve stress and burnout and develop acumen.
"Finally, a book that not only gives us the latest scientific evidence about the benefits of meditation for clinician and clients, but details specific and practical ways to bring the meditation process to bear on the common problems brought to therapy. The Simpkins have written an accessible book on applying Zen methods of focus and insight in therapy, sprinkled with stories to engage, illuminate, and inspire." --Bill O'Hanlon, featured guest on Oprah and author of Do One Thing Different.
Forthcoming Seminars & Workshops
Esalen Workshops Big Sur, California
Foster Natural Mind-Brain Change Effortlessly:
Ericksonian Hypnosis Seminars
Weekend of March 8-10
Weekend of October 18-20
Using Your Unconscious to Foster Mind-Brain Transformation:
Erickson Hypnosis Seminars
Weekend of August 16-18
Meditative Hypnosis- Effortless Mind-Brain Change:
Ericksonian Hypnosis Seminars
Week-long of April 14-19
The Online Conference of Ericksonian Approaches to Psychotherapy
Simpkins Workshop: Neuro-Hypnosis: Activating the Brain for Change
Neuroscience for Clinicians:
Brain Change for Stress, Anxiety, Moods, Trauma, and Substance Abuse
CMI PESI Education Solutions
Appleton, WI Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Madison, WI, Thursday, August 8, 2013
Milwaukee, WI, Friday, August 9, 2013
Timonium, MD, Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Elicott City, MD, Thursday, September 26, 2013
Fairfax, VA, Friday, September 27, 2013
Goddard College September 23 & 24, 2013