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How Simple Mindfulness-Based Techniques Can Pave The Way Out Of Depression

Zindal Segal On Helping Clients Take The First Step


What’s happening when a client suffering from symptoms of depression is willing to follow the therapist’s voice with eyes closed?

According to Zindal 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—that simple act is a commitment to choicefulness and a first step towards shifting the perceptions that make depression so hard to shake.

In this video clip, Segal describes how guiding clients from wide focus to narrow focus and back to wide, beings a process that help clients move, by small steps, towards a new repertoire of more adaptive ways of responding to the stressing experiences that feed depression.

This is just one example of the many mindfulness practices, adapted and simplified, that are proving highly effective with clients who suffer from depression in an 8-week group program Segal has developed.

He’ll be sharing others when he joins Rich Simon this Wednesday as part of a new webcast series on the most effective new depression treatment tools and techniques:

Treating The Depressed Client:
The Most Effective Approaches

Click here for full course details

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

  • 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.
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