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Richard Goldin, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Anger management Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

If I had only one piece of advice to share it would be that as human beings we only have one opportunity to experience the universe, and that is in our lifetime. We all have the power to make that experience an amazing journey, lived in gratitude and with positive emotions. My career in mental health/addictions counseling began 25 years ago in mid life. I am very fortunate to have made this career transition. It allowed me to align with an important value of mine, giving something back to the world. Also, I have experienced enormous personal benefit through the changes in my own thinking that lead me to live in gratitude, acceptance and serenity. My career began in business and education, and eventually I was part of a business startup that failed. I became depressed as my business was failing, and for the first time in my life I reached out for help to a therapist. My therapist helped me see that my depression was a result of me extrapolating the business failure to believing I was a personal failure. This experience of how changing one's perspective/attitude about life events can totally shift one's emotional outcome was powerful and life changing. I wanted to be able to help people challenge their own self defeating beliefs and think more effectively and live their lives more effectively. My primary counseling focus is in Cognitive and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. My training in psychology and addiction counseling has enabled me to be of service to my clients as well changing my own thinking. While we are all going to experience some pain, loss and suffering, with tools and motivation we can work through the negative emotions and get back to positive emotions and make our life journey a better one. Identifying our own values and living according to those values is another key to more happiness and positive emotions. I have embraced spirituality in my life. Living in gratitude and honoring the gift of life by taking the best care on one's physical, emotional and spiritual health leads to an awesome life journey.

Professional experience

23yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Anger management Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Men's issues, Midlife crisis, Mood disorders , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-love, Sex Addiction, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

IL LCSW 149 - 009159


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Richard Goldin. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I am lucky to have been matched with Richard. He has helped me tremendously. He is understanding, compassinate and holds me accountable and challenges me when needed. Being in therapy has been life changing. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I'm forever grateful for him.

Written on Feb 24, 2024 after therapy with Richard for 2 years and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, parenting issues, and anger management

Richard has a calm, comforting approach, as well as a lot of knowledge and experience.

In a few short months he helped me to have a much healthier perspective on life and the relationships with my family members.

I was feeling lost and finding work and life unsatisfying, with past trauma in a loop in my head. Through talk, exercises, and podcasts, Richard opened my eyes and my heart, to embracing the mystery and chaos of the world and seeing the gift that our lives really are.

He took the lead in conversations and made it very easy to take part in therapy. I am happy to have met him and for the impact he's made on my life and the lives of my children.

Written on May 19, 2023 after therapy with Richard for 7 months

Richard has a lot of life and professional experience. His perspective has helped me a lot, and his resources are aligned with helping me.

Written on Mar 23, 2023 after therapy with Richard for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Great advice! He gave me tools to use in my day to day to help me even when we are not in a session.

Written on Mar 23, 2023 after therapy with Richard for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and adhd

I worked with Richard for just over a month and it was a great experience. I'd never done therapy before so I was a little nervous and had a lot going on in my life at the time. But from the first session, Richard helped me gain perspective and learn tools that allowed me to work through things. He's like talking to a very cool and patient and understanding Dad, which I think worked really well for me. I would highly recommend.

Written on Mar 13, 2023 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Being a newcomer to therapy, Richard really gave me a breakdown on what to expect and really takes time to both understand me and my situation and provides helpful tools perfectly tailored to my needs. I was very nervous at first but his friendliness and therapy style has allowed me to grow comfortable with this process.

Written on Mar 03, 2023 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd