The Client-Therapist Relationship

Attached is the outline of a seminar I did at the Assumption University Graduate School of Psychology on 26 January, 2109, on the client-therapist relationship. Research points to this relationship as being the most important factor in the success of psychotherapy for a client. The client-therapist relationship is more important than the style of therapy the therapist provides. If you think about it, this makes sense. If a client does not trust, respect, or like a therapist, they will never be receptive to the style of working of the therapist and will not respond positively to what the therapist does or says. This workshop focused on how to build a strong relationship with a client, with the focus being on how to build empathy and respect in this relationship.  au-client-therapistrelationship

What Is Zen?

This is a talk I gave to a Zen Club meeting at the Shambhala Center in Bangkok on 20 January, 2019. The topic was: What is Zen? I discussed some basic parts of Zen practice: some stories about what is Zen; the importance of motivation and making Zen personal; letting go of your ego; finding your personal question; thinking; how Zen cannot be found in books, lectures, ideas, etc.; and included some other useful quotes for Zen practice. 禅 - zen 101 – what is zen?

Naikan Therapy A Japanese Psychotherapy

Naikan Therapy

Naikan Therapy was developed by Yoshimoto Ishin, a practitioner of the Jodo Shinshu (Pure Land Sect) of Buddhism in Japan in the 1940s. Naikan means “inside looking” or “self introspection.” It is more reflective than Morita Therapy, but also is very structured. It has had great success in working in prisons with inmates. It is based on reflecting on three questions: (1) What have I received from …. ? (2) What have I given to ….. ? (3) What troubles and difficulties have I caused …. ? It does not ask the fourth question, which would be, “What troubles and difficulties has …. caused me?” In the West this is the source of the controversy about Naikan Therapy. In the attached article I discuss Naikan Therapy and some of its controversies.

Morita Therapy A Japanese Psychotherapy

Morita Therapy

Morita Therapy was developed by Shoma Morita in the early part of the 20th century. It has similarities to the Western cognitive behavioral therapies and to mindfulness therapies, but has its own distinctive character. Many people say it is based on Zen ideas, but Morita himself denied this. It does reflect many Japanese cultural ideas about how to heal psychological disturbances. The attached article discusses Morita Therapy in comparison with some Western psychotherapeutic ideas.

An exploration of cross-cultural psychology and the integration of counseling and Asian traditions – Buddhism, Daoism, Japanese culture, Japanese therapies Morita and Naikan