Learning What a Depressed Client Needs

Elisha Goldstein on Individually Treating Cases of Depression

Depression is one of the most popular conditions that therapists treat, making it easy to fall into the habit of giving stock answers and advice to clients who come in seeking help for their depression. But just as no two people are the same, no two people’s depressions are the same, and every case of depression needs individual consideration.

Elisha Goldstein, a clinical psychologist specializing in mindfulness-based therapies, has several techniques that he employs to help depressed clients build their own self-compassion and empower themselves. One of the key devices he employs is to acknowledge that a depressed client is suffering from a wound of some sort. Once their wound is uncovered, he then works with them to discover what they individually need to feel better.

Watch the video to hear him talk about the learning experience of uncovering what depressed clients need in order to be well again.




Rich Simon

Richard Simon, PhD, founded Psychotherapy Networker and served as the editor for more than 40 years. He received every major magazine industry honor, including the National Magazine Award. Rich passed away November 2020, and we honor his memory and contributions to the field every day.

Elisha Goldstein

Elisha Goldstein, PhD, is founder of the Mindful Living Collective, the world’s go-to resource and community for learning how to apply mindfulness to consistently follow through on the things that matter most to you.  He is also co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles and creator of the 6-month coaching program, A Course in Mindful Living (Next Course begins Jan. 2020). Dr. Goldstein is also a psychologist, speaker and author who has published numerous articles, chapters, and blogs, including Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life (10th Anniversary Edition), foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn and MBSR Every Day. He travels globally training therapists, educators, leaders, military and others in the progressive integration of mindfulness to achieve mental and emotional healing.  He has his private practice in West Los Angeles, California.