ABSTRACT

One of the most crucial elements of incorporating mindfulness into clinical work with high-risk adolescents is the fostering of the development of an authentic therapeutic relationship. As I mentioned in the previous chapter, literature on mindfulness and therapy has overwhelmingly focused on teaching clients mindfulness as a technique to alleviate stress and other problems. Only a few publications (Hick & Bien, 2008; Safran & Muran, 2000; Surrey, 2005) have specifically addressed how the therapeutic relationship contributes to an atmosphere in which mindfulness inter - ventions (or any intervention, for that matter) can be actively engaged. I view the therapeutic relationship as a vessel within which client growth occurs and strongly contend that my own awareness and intentions regarding the authentic human connection lay the framework for client receptiveness. Therefore, I believe that, as our community of mindfulnessbased therapists continues to grow, we must lobby for the idea that the therapeutic relationship plays a significant factor in treatment.