Richard Goldin

LCSW

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.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Anger management
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
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 , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 23

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

IL LCSW 149 - 009159


Reviews

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.

Written by T.R. on Sep 22, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

My work with Richard Goldin was nothing short of life-changing. He listened, offered incredibly helpful advice and great new perspectives and through that I was able to get my life on track and move closer towards my life goals. I cannot recommend him enough.

Written by R.E. on Sep 04, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and family conflicts

Rick’s attitude towards life is just so inspiring! He is a human with a lots of energy and love for the world. Rick guided me to my better self, his methods are great for someone who feels lost… like I was. Now I have a meaning for everything I do, observe or experience. The changes are huge, priceless, it touched all aspects of my life. The request I came with was completed after only 3 month of work. I don’t know where would I be if I didn’t sign up for a therapy and didn’t meet Rick. I’m just so soo grateful, he’ll always have a special place in my life as a remarkable person who had an impact on me.

Written by P.A. on Aug 02, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Richard has shown me a different outlook on life. He has given me many tools to deal with my anxiety and depression. I never thought that I could connect with a person like Richard and feel comfortable talking about the way my mind experiences life as a whole. I feel that Richard has given me positive re enforcement on the everyday struggles I may face. I have much more gratitude now and the tools that were given to me really help. Thank you Richard for pulling me out of the water!

Written by R.A. on Jun 29, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Richard was excellent therapist to me. For 3 months of working together he helped me to go out from unmotivated, sad and hopeless rut. He was a needed kick to get me on my feet. Rick was really listening to all of my problems, addressing them and adjusting the course of our meetings to deal with specific issues. I love recommended podcasts or texts that enriched the experience. Age gap wasn't the problem (24 here) and he has more energy and positivity than most people of my age.

Written by C.H. on May 09, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and self esteem

It was amazing to work with Richard!He helped me get out of the awful things that made me depressed so badly. He always gave me the right tools for my problems. I was avoiding my problems for too long they started piled up on my shoulders that I couldn’t handle it anymore. But with the tools he taught me, I’m a different person now.I’m getting Brighter and stronger each day. I can’t say thank enough to Richard! Three of us now back to our ship and started sailing again with his help successfully!
And more,It doesn’t matter if you are foreigner with foreign culture. :) Thank you again!

Written by A.R. on May 01, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

For half a year, he’s been my number one support system. I stop crying alone knowing that he’s here for me. His advice help me gain a support system of my own from people around me that I cared for and cared for me. These sessions are life changing and will forever shaped me into a nicer and calmer human being. Thank you Richard.

Written by C.H. on Apr 28, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Working with Rich, I made significant progress in my mental health and interpersonal relationships. Rich provided me with the right tools and techniques to help me manage my anxiety, life stresses, and depression. After working with Rich, I noticed significant improvements in myself and my social relationships. Rich’s patience, guidance, and understanding have enabled me to make life-lasting positive changes. I would highly recommend Rich, and I am grateful that he is there if I need any future help. Thank you!

Written by C.H. on Apr 25, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coaching, and adhd

I am grateful for mister Richard Goldin in helping me embrace myself and recommending me some materials to help me along my journey a thumbs up for his services.

Written by A.L. on Apr 19, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Richard has been an incredible navigator in my life so far, I am very happy to be working with him.

Written by A.L. on Apr 07, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, parenting issues, and anger management

Joining BetterHelp was one of the best decisions I have made. My therapist is understanding, caring, and devoted. He asks me deep insightful questions that are really helpful. He always offers useful resources for topics we discuss and talk about. He helped me come up with my purpose statements for different aspects of my life. His offers genuine advice. I really appreciate his professionalism and help.

Written by J.A. on Mar 03, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Rick has been very helpful over the last few months helping me to work through and accept things within my life. I was quite nervous going into therapy as I had never done it before, he is really easy to talk to and I found our sessions enjoyable.

Thanks Rick.

Written by B.R. on Jan 28, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 3 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Rick was very helpful for me change my perspective on life and overcome difficult times. He was able to help me identify my purpose and life values, which has greatly impacted my day-to-day joy. I highly recommend Rick to anyone that is willing to put in the work and wants to live a more meaningful life.

Written by E.L. on Jan 27, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 7 months on issues concerning sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

In the more than 6 months that I've been working with him, Rick has been excellent in working with me, understanding what my goals are, and providing me with all the tools and resources necessary to achieve those goals. As someone who struggles with severe ADHD, he helped steer me towards actionable steps I can take to manage my ADHD effectively, so that it doesn't get in the way of living a healthy and productive life. I truly felt a sense of compassion coming from Rick whenever I approached him with anything. I couldn't recommend him enough and would love to work with him again if I ever chose to seek counseling again.

Written by C.H. on Jan 20, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Richard was so kind, professional, empathetic and helpful. For my situation, I was looking for practical strategies to deal with some problems. He was able to understand my situation easily, and offer a ton of valuable information, resources and and guidance. I'm sure he can be helpful for people in a similar situation.

Written by R.O. on Jan 08, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 4 weeks on issues concerning addictions

I found working with Richard to be extremely beneficial, helping me to become more mindful in my drinking habits. Not only is he experienced with addiction and substance abuse issues but he was helpful in further guiding my life philosophy. I particularly enjoyed his "homework" of interesting and helpful podcasts. I would work with him again.

Written by S.C. on Dec 29, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Working with Richard has been an absolutely effective experience. He has many tools to offer, and I found that his goal-oriented approach helped me succeed in accomplish progress. Richard has more than tools at his disposal; he cares. I always felt he gave me his whole attention, and cared about me as an individual being. I feel confident that anyone can find Richard to be helpful in changing how they perceive situations, and emotions! I will forever be grateful for the work he did with me in our short time together navigating my issues of grief, shame, depression, and addiction.

Written by T.O. on Nov 23, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

This was my first experience participating in therapy and Rick was great; he really listened to me, understood my biggest concerns on what I wanted to improve, and gave me very helpful tools to overcome those things. His approach is very mindfulness-heavy, which I found very useful in dealing with anxiety and being able to more wholeheartedly enjoy the life that I live.

Written by P.H. on Nov 07, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

Working with Rick has been great. He is great at understanding what is important in you and how to deal with anything that is arising in your life during the week. I enjoyed our weekly chats and would recommend him to anyone looking for a councillor.

Written by J.O. on Oct 12, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and coaching

My experience with BetterHelp Online Counseling was excellent. My counselor, Richard Goldin, helped me significantly. I'm 63 and have been semi-retired for 8 years. I had been mildly depressed, due to significant challenges and struggles in my life - probably common to people my age, and other (family) reasons - perhaps not so common. Mr. Goldin's insight and recommendations, including suggested books and podcasts and other resources, were extremely helpful. He's very realistic, practical, wise and pragmatic.

Key to my positive experience, was Mr. Goldin helping me identify my life's purpose and values. This was huge ! He also helped me realize my biggest problem involved my (current and future) relationships with my family of origin. This too was huge ! Thanks to Mr Goldin's insight, enlightenment, recommendations / help, I'm better equipped, to meet my particular challenges and struggles, more effectively. I'm happy to say, I'm no longer mildly depressed. I'm also much more optimistic about my life going forward, than I was before the counseling started.

I would not be this way now, and things I'm sure would have gotten much worse for me, without his help.

Thanks again !!

Sincerely,
John - from central Illinois

Written by H.A. on Oct 07, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

From our first meeting, I knew that Rick understood me. He understood exactly what I needed, even when I couldn't articulate it myself. It's like that saying 'give an inch, take a mile' but in a good way -- I'd tell him something and he'd just run with it. Rick knew exactly what podcasts I needed to listen to, what books I needed to read, where I was struggling, etc. We've only had a handful of sessions, but I've learned so much from him and I am so fortunate to work with him. BIG thank you, Rick!!

Written by B.R. on Oct 06, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

Rick was exactly what I needed. He is an wonderful man that help me start to accept things in my life that I can’t control. It allowed me to be more grateful for all the all of the positive aspects of my life. Thank you!

Written by D.A. on Aug 23, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Taking the step to schedule weekly live sessions with Rick really put me on the right path to living my life with purpose and gratitude. The worksheets and other "assignments" such as listening to relevant podcasts were helpful in keeping me engaged and working towards cultivating a life with purpose. Rick also recommended 2 books that I plan on reading as well.
One thing that makes Rick relatable is that there was a time when he also wasn't fully living his life with purpose and defined values (or a sense of a higher power). He cultivated his purpose, defined his values, and identified a higher power that makes sense to him. I've done my first draft of a life purpose/values statement, and it's something that I'll likely continue to modify as I go thru life.
Something I learned from Rick that really resonated with me:
Although alcohol in particular isn't an issue for me, most of the 12 step program in AA is to help with a thinking problem, not drinking problem. I have been abusing marijuana to cope with anxiety and depression. Rick's insight has helped me look at fixing things thru a different lense. I'm working on being more mindful with the decisions I make. And I'm creating good/healthy habits while working on eliminating the bad habits.
Thanks Rick!

Written by B.O. on Jul 07, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, and anger management

This being my first time doing this it has been a new different experience for me in a good way. Especially having the pleasure of have Richard as my counselor, who listens and goes an extra mile to suggest activities to do so as to help me get better. Thank you so much I do not take it for granted.

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