Practicing Meditation Against All Odds

Zindel Segal on the Three-Minute Breathing Space

Rich Simon

When thinking about the mindfulness practice of meditation, we usually imagine the ideal situation: a quiet place, ample time to ruminate (anywhere from 40 minutes to several days), and no distractions to disturb the meditation process. Unfortunately, this ideal is rarely a realistic option for most people.

Zindel Segal—head of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Clinic of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto—has found that many mindfulness practices, such as meditation, are effective when working with clients who suffer from depression. But how are they incorporated into treatment when the realities of life are that it is loud, busy, and full of distractions?

That's where the three-minute breathing space comes in. Watch the clip below from Zindel's session in our brand-new webcast series, Treating the Depressed Client, to hear him talk about how clients can achieve mindful awareness of their emotional states in just three minutes.


This is just one of the mindfulness traditions that can work with depressed clients that Zindel will over in this webcast 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 Available Now

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Topic: Mindfulness | Anxiety/Depression

Tags: addiction | anxiety disorders | cognitive behaviour therapy | cognitive therapy | David Burns | depression | depression and anxiety | depression symptoms | depression treatment | Judith Beck | Margaret Wehrenberg | meditation | mental health | mindful | practices | resistance | self-compassion | therapy

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