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What is Buddhist Psychotherapy? Integrating Buddhism and psychotherapy

Dr Eng-Kong Tan , Dr. Brian Gutkin

Many senior psychotherapists have noted the role and benefits of spiritual teachings and practices. For the last two decades Western Psychotherapies have appropriated MINDFULNESS from the Spiritual Traditions, and in particular from Buddhism. Today there are many Mindfulness Based Therapies within mainstream psychotherapies. However, there are very many other teachings and practices from Buddhism which are useful for the psychotherapeutic dyad. There is a lot in recent psychotherapeutic literature comparing Buddhist teachings and practices with cognitive/behavioural and psychodynamic/analytic therapies.

24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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Dr Eng-Kong Tan

Dr. Eng Kong Tan is a medical doctor, consultant psychiatrist and analytic psychotherapist in private practice, providing individual and couples therapy, meditation, personal development and analytic groups. He is Founder and Chairman of Metta Clinic, a group psychiatric and psychotherapy clinic in Sydney. He is a former Chair of the Section of Psychotherapy of the RANZCP and Chairman of Training to the PPAA.  He is Founder President of AABCAP, a trustee of the University Buddhist Education Foundation (UBEF), and the Director of Training of AABCAP’s Buddhism and Psychotherapy Professional Training Course.
Dr Tan offers individual, couples and group psychotherapies in his practice. He runs Meditation, Personal Development and Analytic Groups. He has worked with senior corporate executives and supervised members of the helping profession in mindfulness practices and psychotherapeutic skills and techniques. In the last forty years he has presented keynote addresses, workshops and seminars on Meditation, Spirituality, Buddhism and Psychotherapy in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.

Dr. Brian Gutkin

Dr Brian Gutkin is a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice  at St Leonards, Sydney.

He is immediate past President of The Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists, a lecturer, trainer and supervisor in their post-graduate training course and is also a longstanding Zen practitioner.

As well as consulting in his private practice in St Leonards Brian was also a senior clinician and director of psychiatry for over fifteen years at South Pacific Private Harbord.

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