In Mindfulness for Chocolate Lovers, Dr. Diane Gehart combines wit, wisdom, and a touch of sweetness to help you uncover playful ways to transform any aspect of your life. An honored and accomplished professor, psychotherapist, author, and chocolate connoisseur, Dr. Gehart identifies surprisingly efficient and fun ways to increase your daily dose of joy. Drawing on positive psychology, Eastern wisdom, and three decades of psychotherapist know-how, she outlines a no-nonsense yet good-humored path to get you where you want to go. She will teach you step-by-step how to:

  • Identify the essential elements necessary for life-long happiness and add them to your everyday habits.

  • Develop an unshakable sense of inner joy that sustains you through good times and bad.

  • Engage your most painful experiences to dramatically improve your life for the better.

  • Navigate common pitfalls and challenges, including skillfully handling the most difficult personalities and relationships.

  • Transform how you journey through life—making it a joy ride.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Would You Rather Eat Chocolate than Meditate?

  • Chapter 1: Chocolate Meditation: A Taste of the Good Life

  • Chapter 2: From Chocoholism to Chocolate Snobbery: Becoming a Seeker of Extraordinary Happiness

  • Chapter 3: Chocolate Is a Vegetable: Mapping the Truths You Live By

  • Chapter 4: Who Moved My Chocolate: Befriending Problems, Befriending Life

  • Chapter 5: One Bite Is All It Takes: Mindfully Waking Up to Your Life

  • Chapter 6: With or Without Nuts: Crazy Wisdom and the Backdoor to Happiness

  • Chapter 7: Fierce Compassion: Opening Your Heart to Milk, White, and Dark

  • Chapter 8: There’s No Wrong Way to Eat a Reese’s… or Is There? Ethics and Happiness

  • Chapter 9: Artificial Chocolate and Comfort Foods: Dangers and Pitfalls on the Path

  • Chapter 10: The Art of Savoring: Joyfulness as a Way of Life

  • Academic Bits and Pieces: End Notes

Books for Professionals


Case Documentation in Counseling and Psychotherapy

This comprehensive text provides a practical overview of clinical case documentation, including progress notes, treatment plans, clinical assessment (using DSM-5), and case conceptualization. Detailed case studies illustrate how to use apply ones clinical theory in practice.


Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy

This is a comprehensive family therapy text that provides a detailed description of theories as well as clinical case documentation.


Theory and Treatment Planning in Counseling and Psychotherapy

This text covers counseling and psychotherapy approaches from psychodynamic to postmodern approaches. Readers are provided with a theory-specific case conceptualizations and treatment plans for each theory.


Theory and Treatment Planning in Family Therapy

This text covers family therapy theories and provides readers for theory-specific case conceptualization and treatment plans that can be used in everyday practice.


Mindfulness and Acceptance in Couple and Family Therapy

This book describes a mindfulness-informed therapy approach for working with couples and families, include a comprehensive case conceptualization using mindfulness and acceptance principles.


Collaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference

I co-edited this book with Harlene Anderson, one of the developers of this approach. This edited book includes contributions from practitioners around the world.


Theory-Based Treatment Planning in Family Therapy

My first publication, this book provides a brief overview of theories and treatment plan templates for each.