Roger Thomson, Ph.D.

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About me

Gender MALE
Occupation Clinical Psychologist
Location Chicago, IL, United States
Introduction I'm a clinical psychologist and Co-director of Integrative Health Partners, a group of clinicians practicing mindfulness-based psychotherapy in Chicago. I am on the faculty of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and I am Director of Training at the Counseling Center of Fourth Presbyterian Church. My interest in mindfulness grew out of my study of Soto Zen Buddhism. I was lay-ordained in 2000, and priest-ordained in 2006. In my Zen training I have participated in hundreds of days of meditation retreats, including a 90-day monastic practice period at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 2007. In 2011, I was head monk for the summer practice period at Ryumonji Zen Monastery. Concentrated monastic practice can be personally and professionally transforming, but for most of us, the world is our monastery. I have found that my work as a teacher and clinician provides a rich opportunity to deepen my own mindfulness practice and to find ways of making it accessible to others. In this blog, I'm collecting my work and that of other therapists and researchers to support your own exploration of mindfulness as a gateway to your real life.
Interests mindfulness, mindfulness-based stress reduction, MBSR, acceptance & commitment therapy, ACT, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, psychology, clinical psychology, self psychology, psychotherapy, zen, buddhism