A practicing psychologist—one of the top popularizers of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)—offers a fresh, welcome approach for treating mental health issues that speaks to our times, blending mindfulness and spirituality with CBT to effectively overcome negative thinking, achieve deep healing, and truly attain lasting peace.

Mental health professionals have many science-based techniques for alleviating symptoms like anxiety and depression. However, these reductive approaches often don’t deliver the lasting peace we long for. Practicing psychologist and one of the top popularizers of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dr. Seth Gillihan believes we need to do more than relieve our symptoms to become healthy and whole. To achieve long-lasting health and well-being, we must embrace the spiritual in our healing.

Gillihan’s mindful cognitive behavioral therapy method blends insights from CBT, mindfulness, Stoicism, and Christian mysticism into the therapeutic process. He reveals how we can use this method in our daily lives to master negative thoughts and choose the right actions to become fully present and at peace. 

This extraordinary guide teaches us how to retrain our minds to banish the stubborn lies we tell ourselves and adapt new healthful and spiritual practices that can help us focus on the deep truths of our existence—that we are perfect in our imperfections, and most important, that we are beings deserving of love.

About the author(s)

Seth J. Gillihan, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in mindful cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Before opening his private practice in 2012, he was a full-time faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and taught in the Psychology Department at Haverford College. He received his doctorate in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, has written multiple books on mindfulness and CBT, and hosts the Think Act Be podcast. He lives in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three kids. Learn more about Dr. Gillihan and find more information on his website,


"This book is a gift. Gillihan weaves his story of depression and healing together with powerful insights from mindfulness and CBT. Every page reflects his gentle voice—beckoning, honest and kind, warm and wise. There isn't a clinical psychologist whose insights I trust more or whose writing is more inspiring." — Angela Duckworth, PhD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grit and Co-Founder of Character Lab

"A brilliant and touching guide to connecting with your deepest self and finding lasting peace, purpose, and love. Gillihan is the perfect tour guide to reaching your highest potential.” — Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, author of Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization

“Compassionately shows us how to integrate what may seem like contradictories: mindfulness and CBT. This book helped me deepen my sense of how to be present so that my head, hands, and heart can work together.” — David Richo, author of Triggers: How We Can Stop Reacting and Start Healing

"Extremely helpful, comforting, and will help you feel less alone in your struggles." — Alice Boyes, PhD, author of The Anxiety Toolkit and Stress-Free Productivity

"Beautifully written and touchingly personal, this superb book is destined to help countless people. Whether you’re struggling with depression or anxiety or simply want to achieve greater purpose and meaning, this is a must-have book.” — Jonah Paquette, PsyD, author of Awestruck and Real Happiness

"This gentle, wise, and well-written book points to how traditional CBT has expanded to address not just our heads and our hands but our hearts; not just thinking or acting, but also being. Here you will find accessible and well-crafted tools you can use on your own journey. Highly recommended." — Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., author of A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters

“A wonderful, engaging, and life-changing book that will inspire you to explore opportunities for insight, growth, and acceptance by first becoming more connected to yourself.” — Joel Minden, PhD, author of Show Your Anxiety Who's Boss

“Rich, engaging, and insightful, blending science with spirituality, this is a mindful CBT book with depth. If you are longing to live with more joy and peace in the present moment, in alignment with your values and purpose, this is the book for you.”  — Dr Aria Campbell-Danesh, high performance psychologist and coauthor of A Mindful Year

"An essential guide for anyone seeking peace, meaning, and purpose amid the struggles so many quietly endure, myself included. I came away with a renewed sense of hope." — Peter Enns, author of How the Bible Actually Works and The Bible Tells Me So

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