In this 40-minute video, American neuropsychologist and author Dr Rick Hanson speaks about how mindfulness and developing contemplative practices helps therapists become more effective clinicians with their clients and avoid stress, anxiety and burnout.

In this interview, Rick also shares:

  • His journey as a therapist and how he became interested in Eastern traditions like mindfulness.
  • What he discovered within himself and with his clients when he started to incorporate mindfulness practices into his work as a therapist.
  • Current neuroscience research on the efficacy of therapists who practice mindfulness and the outcomes for their clients.
  • The benefits of therapists developing contemplative practices and cultivating a mindful approach to their life and work.
  • How therapists can use mindfulness practices to deal with anxietyand stress due to a large caseload or challenging clients.
  • Some simple ways that therapists can help their clients benefit from mindfulness, without having to teach meditation or get them to take an MBSR course.

Click the video below to watch this interview.

Please note there were a couple of small glitches on the Skype connection and the video of the interviewer, Clinton Power, was not captured, however this should not effect your overall enjoyment of the presentation.

About the presenter

Dr Rick Hanson- Buddha's BrainRick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (in 21 languages) and Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (in 8 languages). Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson’s work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World Report, and O Magazine. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin, and his weekly e-newsletter – Just One Thing – has over 37,000 subscribers, and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites. He has several audio programs with Sounds True, and his first book was Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships (Penguin, 2002).

A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, Dr. Hanson is a trustee of Saybrook University and served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center for nine years. He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children.

For more information, please see his full profile at

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