Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles and creator of the 6-month mentorship program A Course in Mindful Living. He is a psychologist, author and speaker who synthesizes the pearls of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness to achieve mental and emotional healing. Dr. Goldstein contends that we have the power to transform our traumas and habitual patterns that keep us stuck in perpetual cycles of stress, anxiety, depression, or addiction and step into greater freedom and peace. He offers practical strategies to calm our anxious minds, transform negative emotions, and facilitate greater self acceptance, freedom and inner peace.
Dr. Goldstein has published extensively and is author of numerous articles, chapters, and blogs, including the bestselling books Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life, Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler and co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn and MBSR Every Day: Daily Practices from the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. He is also creator of the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy column at Psychcentral.com and a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. His professional research on Sacred Moments: Implications on Stress and Well-Being is published in The Journal of Clinical Psychology.
With his past career in the field of business and management, Dr. Goldstein also designed the breakthrough program Mindfulness at Work™ for eMindful.com that has been recognized by the National Business Group on Health for its success with stress management. eMindful has collaborated with Aetna and Duke Integrative Medicine in researching the benefits of the Mindfulness at Work® program and the results have been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. This study demonstrated significant reductions in stress levels, which considerable research has shown reduces health care costs and absenteeism. Reduced stress also improves sleep quality and heart function, which contributes to better health, greater happiness, and higher productivity. eMindful and a group of five employers recently found that productivity increased by an average of 69 minutes per week, per participant yielding a return-on-investment of more than 11:1, while stress levels decreased by more than 37%.
In an effort to bring all of this work to youth, Dr. Goldstein has also co-developed the popular CALM (Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness) program with his wife and psychologist Stefanie Goldstein, Ph.D. CALM is an 8-week program for teenagers 14-18 years old inspired by Jon Kabat-Zinn’s extensively researched Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program.
In addition to his books and programs, he has created popular audio CDs and MP3 albums including Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and Relapse Prevention, Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work, and Mindful Solutions for Adult ADD/ADHD.
Dr. Goldstein’s unique ability to make complex concepts simple has led him to be invited to speak nationally and internationally with mental health professionals, educators, business leaders and lay audiences. He has spoken at the UCLA Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Conference headlining Thich Nhat Hanh, Daniel Siegel, and Jack Kornfield, NICABM Seminars, Psychotherapy Networker, FACES Conferences, The Help Group, Kripalu, UCLA Semel Institute and Anxiety Disorder Clinic, Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), InsightLA, the University of Washington with Dr. Alan Marlatt, Psychseminars, UCLA Extension, among others.
He is currently a licensed Psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and also teaches mindfulness-based programs through The Center for Mindful Living and InsightLA.