#152 – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Elisha Goldstein


Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles and trained teacher of the increasingly popular Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). He stands at the progressive end of integrating mindfulness into the therapeutic setting. He has personally been integrating concepts and behaviors of mindfulness into his daily life, and has helped his clients apply these concepts in both clinical settings and their daily lives. Dr. Goldstein has published the article Sacred Moments: Implications on Well-Being and Stress in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. His study found that integrating mindful principles into daily life for just 5 minutes a day over 3 weeks resulted in significant reductions in stress and significant increases in life satisfaction, positive relations with others, and environmental mastery – all key players in creating a life worth living. He has also given workshops, radio interviews, and lectures in multiple settings on therapeutic benefits of mindfulness, including Kaiser Permanente, UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, and the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Conference at UCLA headlining Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, and Daniel Siegel in October, 2007.

Today Dr. Goldstein lives with his wife in Los Angeles, California where in addition to his work as a Clinical Psychologist, he works as a freelance writer, a mindfulness coach and group leader, consultant to the human development company Aliveworld, and author of the Audio CD Mindfulness for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, the Audio CD Mindful Solutions for Addiction and Relapse Prevention, the multimedia Guide Mindfulness, Anxiety, and Stress, and co-author of the upcoming , A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook.

(Psychology podcast by David Van Nuys, Ph.D.)



  1. Chance
    Posted May 13, 2008 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    I really learned a lot from this episode. I am a martial arts competitor and suffer numerous injuries during training, I did not know what mindfulness was about but I have apparently been practicing some aspects of it for a few years ( I’m making reference to the part of the show where Dr. Goldstein talked about pain and feeling each sensation for what it is and not to precieve pain in such a negative sense) anyway, I just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed the show and plan to learn about mindfulness and the ways it can be practiced in everyday life.


    p.s. I hope you continue to make the youtube installments about the zodiac or maybe have your co-author as a guest and discuss the zodiac and possible disorders he may have had

  2. Davide
    Posted May 25, 2008 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    I found very intersting what dr Goldstein said about Mindfullness-based stress reduction, I meditate everyday but i never tried to put my meditation in my clinical pratice, maybe I will attempt a mindfulness course…


    the URL you put for aliveword.com is not correct, there are 3 t’s in “http”

  3. Posted May 25, 2008 at 7:14 am | Permalink


    Be sure to listen to my interview with Shinzen Young on http://www.wisecounselpodcast.com, if you haven’t. It’s also about mindfulness meditation. And thanks for calling my attention to the three t’s in the URL. I have fixed it.



  4. Susan Argyelan
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    The Shinzen Young interview was really fascinating, Dr. Dave. I’m eagerly anticipating a Dr. Dave/ Shinzen Young/ Jill Bolte Taylor “summit” either here or on Wise Counsel.

    I have Shinzen Young’s “Break Through Pain” book and accompanying CD, and they were instrumental in helping me cope with both chronic and acute pain. It seems counterintuitive, but focusing more on the nature of discomfort can be the first step in loosening its hold on us.

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