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Asian Healing Traditions in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Asian Healing Traditions in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Edited by:
  • Roy Moodley - University of Toronto - OISE, Canada
  • Ted Lo - University of Toronto, Canada
  • Na Zhu - Psychotherapist, Canada

November 2017 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Asian Healing Traditions in Counseling and Psychotherapy explores the various healing approaches and practices in the East and bridges them with those in the West to show counselors how to provide culturally sensitive services to distinct populations. Editors Roy Moodley, Ted Lo, and Na Zhu bring together leading scholars across Asia to demystify and critically analyze traditional Far East Asian healing practices—such as Chinese Taoist Healing practices, Morita Therapy, Naikan Therapy, Mindfulness and Existential Therapy, Buddhism and Mindfulness Meditation, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy—in relation to health and mental health in the West. The book will not only show counselors how to apply Eastern and Western approaches to their practices but will also shape the direction of counseling and psychotherapy research for many years to come.

Joseph Trimble
Kwang-Kuo Hwang
Chapter 1: Confucianism and Healing
Catherine Tien-Lun Sun
Chapter 2: Taoism and Healing
Tony Toneatto
Chapter 3: Buddhism and Healing
Amy L. Ai
Chapter 4: Qigong and Healing (Based on Taoist Philosophy)
Tadashi Ogawa and Mami Ishii
Chapter 5: Ki (?) and Healing
Ben C. H. Kuo and Beatriz Rodriguez-Rubio
Chapter 6: Infusing Asian Healing Traditions into Counseling Psychology
Boon-Ooi Lee
Chapter 7: Integrating Asian Healing Traditions Into Psychotherapy
Tenzin Lhundup and James H. Lake
Chapter 8: Integrating Asian Healing Traditions into Biomedicine
Marco Mascarin
Chapter 9: Integrating Mindfulness, Meditation, Buddhism and Therapeutic Practices
Yu-ping Cao, Jie Zeng, and Ya-lin Zhang
Chapter 10: Chinese Taoist Cognitive Psychotherapy
Kenneth Fung and Zhuo-Hong Zhu
Chapter 11: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Asian Thought
Chikako Ozawa-de Silva and Yoshihiko Miki
Chapter 12: Japanese Contemplative Practice of Naikan
Charles P. Chen
Chapter 13: Morita Therapy
Martha P. Novoa and Emily Kedar
Chapter 14: Reiki Therapy
Paul Posadzki and Samantha Jacques
Chapter 15: Tai Chi and Meditation
Carolyn Zerbe Enns and Makiko Kasai
Chapter 16: Hakoniwa: Japanese Sandplay Therapy
Mami Ishii and Ted Lo
Chapter 17: Oishii: Japanese Delicious Moment Therapy
Conclusion: Integrating Asian Healing Traditions into Counseling and Psychotherapy
About the Editors
About the Contributors

“This book honors the rich history and impact of traditional Asian healing practices by providing a comprehensive exposition of the history, philosophy, traditional practices, contemporary formulations, and its integration with Western practices. Health care practitioners of many disciplines will benefit by expanding their perspectives and repertoire of interventions from these complementary treatment approaches, thereby improving the quality of care that they provide, not only to Asians but other populations as well.”

Fernand Lubuguin
University of Denver

“This volume will be a practical and valuable reference manual for teachers, lecturers, and researchers who are in counseling and psychotherapy.” 

Mary Olufunmilayo Adekson
St. Bonaventure University

“Finally—one book that outlines key Asian healing traditions and provides suggestions on how to integrate them with Western practices.”

Urusa Fahim
California Institute of Integral Studies

“This textbook is an exciting compilation of Asian healing practices that serves to inform our continually evolving profession of psychotherapy. Developing a sensibility towards Asian cultural healing practices expands our professional repertoire and enhances our ability to provide culturally relevant clinical services.”

Mary A. Fukuyama
University of Florida

“In preparing for my theories course in the past I have attempted to locate resources to incorporate Asian and other Eastern perspectives into my course and it has proven somewhat difficult. This text brings all of those resources together and would be instrumental in helping my students to understand different perspectives other than the traditional Western counseling theories taught in most courses.”  

Tonya Hammer
Oklahoma State University

“An intense, mind-opening experience to a different perspective on how one lives in this world.”

Theresa S. Kearns-Cooper
Jackson State University
Key features


  • Material based on empirical findings as well as first-hand experiences makes the book a valuable resource for both guiding and inspiring readers.
  • Connection of current debates with an analysis of the cultural healing practices of Far East Asian communities provides a critical point of departure for highlighting challenges and transformations within the field of health and mental health.
  • Discussion of a range of issues makes the book relevant to scholars, researchers, practitioners, and students in training in the various health and mental health fields, as well as mental health clinicians, nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, and others. 
  • Exploration of research, theories, and practices extends beyond Asian groups to include all types of patients, clients, and groups.
  • Chapter-ending discussion questions prompt readers to reflect and think critically about the material covered.

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