Working Through the Childhood Wounds that Feed Depression

Judith Beck on Understanding Emotions Intellectually

Rich Simon

Helping a client overcome depression when they're struggling with problems in their adult life is never easy; helping them when the source of their depression goes back to childhood is even more challenging. As adults, clients may know on an intellectual level that the childhood wounds they're clinging to shouldn't be so debilitating, but that doesn't change the emotional responses they're having.

In a clip from her session in our new webcast series, Treating the Depressed Client, Judith Beck—president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research—talks about an intellectual technique that she uses when doing childhood work with adult clients suffering from depression.

Through this technique, Judith is able to help clients pinpoint the moment in their childhood that they developed the debilitating thought or belief that is feeding their depression. Then they can begin to work on understanding this source on an intellectual level, rather than continuing to negatively dwell on the emotional responses it stirs.

This is just one of the techniques for creating lasting change for depressed clients that Judith will cover in this series.

Treating the Depressed Client:
The Most Effective Approaches

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Here’s a preview of what each session in this series offers you:

  • David Burns on Overcoming Resistance in Depression Treatment
    Develop a more powerful and effective approach to shortening depression treatment.

  • Michael Yapko on Depression: An Experiential Approach
    View video clips of a clinical interview and expand your range of active, skill-building techniques with depressed clients.

  • Zindel Segal on The Mindful Way Through Depression
    Bring the insights of mindfulness traditions into your work with depressed clients.

  • Margaret Wehrenberg on When Depression and Anxiety Co-Occur
    Identify seven types of anxious/depressed clients and how to approach each one.

  • Judith Beck on The Cognitive Therapy of Depression
    Learn powerful techniques for bringing about enduring changes in depression symptoms.

  • Elisha Goldstein on Self-Compassion and the Depressed Client
    Enhance your ability to create an atmosphere of trust and empowerment in working with depressed clients.

Treating the Depressed Client
Series Begins January 15th

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Topic: Anxiety/Depression | Mindfulness

Tags: cognitive therapy | David Burns | depression | depression and anxiety | depression symptoms | depression treatment | Judith Beck | Margaret Wehrenberg | mindful | resistance | self-compassion | suffering from depression | therapy

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 7:43:07 AM | posted by Marianne Menter
I am happy to see the emphasis here on the well known synergy between meds and therapy. I must say that I am disappointed at the number of therapists who do not accept insurance. Little help is available to those who cannot pay the high cost of therapy. One would think insurance might be helpful in filling this void. Yet the cozy preference for the well-heeled client whose problems seldom exceed a few highly manageable presentations. Little help is available for the very disturbed individual. It seems a liaison between the medical professions and means of financing a broader access to mental health care must emerge if mental health for the masses- even the crazies is not better addressed than present systems appear. It would be a shame to see the tremendous potential of the mental health professions descend into a disconnected irrelevancy or a futile mental exercise for the benefit of no one.

Friday, February 14, 2014 9:49:26 PM | posted by treatment For
Hey there! I know this is kinda off topic however I'd
figured I'd ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a blog article or vice-versa?
My website discusses a lot of the same topics as yours and I
think we could greatly benefit from each other.
If you might be interested feel free to send me an email.
I look forward to hearing from you! Excellent blog
by the way!

Thursday, January 16, 2014 6:30:26 PM | posted by Anna Kaminsky
This is very interesting! In the video Dr. Beck describes how the present self would have a conversation with the 6-year-old self to discuss on a rationale level the incident that made her feel unlovable, and then integrate that emotionally as well. Seems very similar to what would happen in CBT - and I would imagine there would be a lot of therapist input to help that older self recognize she is indeed lovable. I would think the depressed patient, even at her current age, might have trouble seeing that.

Monday, December 23, 2013 3:50:32 PM | posted by Psychotherapy Networker
You can find more info about David Burns and his publications at his website:

Monday, December 23, 2013 3:44:14 PM | posted by Salomon NASIELSKI
I would like to buy (paper book or video) from David Burns as much as possible of his techniques (a.o. paradoxical techniques) in treating resistences, depression, anxiety.
Where, how can I buy ?
Thank you in advance !