Welcome to the website of Dr. Mitch Abblett. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and consultant specializing in psychotherapy and coaching of children, adolescents and adults with mindfulness-based therapies and interventions. I speak and train nationally and internationally regarding the best practices for effectively working with difficult client interactions, as well as applications of mindfulness for enhancing professional and personal communication patterns. I am particularly interested in helping people learn to manage the "heat" of their professional and personal relationships in more effective ways and increase the authenticity and quality of their interactions. In this website, you'll learn about my clinical work and writing, as well as find descriptions and access to my consultation and training services.
Mitch Abblett, Ph.D. —
* The Executive Director of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (www.meditationandpsychotherapy.org) a non-profit focusing on programs, events and education initiatives at the intersection of mindfulness and treatment.
* Served for 11 years as the Clinical Director of Manville School at Judge Baker Children’s Center, a Harvard-affiliated agency with a long-standing, national reputation of service to the mental health needs of children
* Highly rated local, national and international speaker regarding mindfulness strategies, relational aspects of professional work, with a focus on issues regarding management of counter-transference and proactive intervention skills with challenging clients
* A consultant to private individuals and organizations regarding relational/interpersonal effectiveness
* A private practictioner focusing on psychotherapy with children, adolescents and adults
* Holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University, completing predoctoral internship training at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology
* Author of multiple books and practice resources including: The Heat of the Moment in Treatment: Mindful Management of Difficult Clients (W.W. Norton), an acclaimed text for clinicians reviewed by prominent authors in the mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy fields; Mindfulness for Teen Depression (New Harbinger, co-authored with Chris Willard, PsyD), and the upcoming Helping Your Angry Teen (New Harbinger). He also co-authored the child/family-friendly practice aid Growing Mindful: A Deck of Practices for All Ages and additional mindfulness-related card decks.
"The Heat of the Moment in Treatment" is an odyssey that should be undertaken by every clinician, however long they have been in practice. Written in a disarmingly genuine, humorous, self disclosing style, this book explores the barriers to effective communication that we as clinicians carry and how we can carry them in a lighter way. The book is packed full of practical and highly revealing self-exploratory exercises, case examples and easy to follow clinical guidelines for working with difficult clients in difficult situations. I can hardly wait to try some of these tactics in my own clinical practice! This book should be required reading in every graduate program for mental health and addictions training. It is destined to become a classic!"
--Kirk Strosahl Ph.D., author of Brief Interventions for Radical Change
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