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Rhonda Goldman


Areas of Focus: Emotion-Focused Therapy for Individuals

Phone: 847-969-4941



  • B.A. Psychology, York University, 1987
  • M.A. Clinical/Counseling Psychology, York University, 1991
  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Clinical/Counseling Psychology, 1997


Rhonda Goldman, PhD is an Associate Professor and a Clinical Psychology faculty member at The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg. Dr. Rhonda Goldman received her master's and doctorate in Clinical Psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Goldman's teaching activities include psychopathology, research seminars, and person-centered and experiential therapy. She is responsible for clinical, research and dissertation supervision; student mentoring and advisement; and administrative duties. She has extensive experience as a workshop trainer on the topic of emotion-focused therapy. Dr. Goldman conducts individual and couples psychotherapy at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. She has researched, published and presented extensively, gaining international recognition. Dr. Goldman is a member of the editorial review board for Journal of Psychotherapy Research and the editorial review board for Journal of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration and the Society for Humanistic Psychology. She was a recent recipient of the Carmi Harari Early Career Award by Division 32 of the Society for Humanistic Psychology.


  • Emotion-Focused Therapy for Individuals
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples
  • Depression
  • Anxiety


  • American Psychological Association, Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32/APA
  • Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration
  • Society for Psychotherapy Research
  • World Association for Client-centered and Experiential Psychotherapy

Selected Publications

  • Contrasting Two Clients in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Depression 2: 305 The Case of "Eloise," "It's Like Opening the Windows and Letting the Fresh Air Come In"R.N. Goldman, J.C. Watson, & L.S. Greenberg Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, Volume 7, Module 1, Article 3, pp. 305-338, 06-05-11.
  • Goldman, R. & Greenberg, L.S. (2010). Self-soothing and Other-Soothing in Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy, in A.S. Gurman (Ed). Clinical Casebook of Couples Therapy, New York: Guilford.
  • Goldman, R., Angus, L., & Safran, J. (2010). Leslie Greenberg: Emotional Change Leads to Positive Outcome, in L. Castonguay, J.C. Muran, L. Angus, J.A. Hayes, N. Ladany, T. Anderson (Eds.), Bringing Psychotherapy Research to Life: Understanding through the work of leading clinical researchers, Washington: APA Books.
  • Watson, J., Goldman, R. & Greenberg, L.S. (2010). Humanistic and Experiential Theories of Psychotherapy, in J.C. Norcross, G.R. VandenBos, D.K. Freedheim (Eds)., History of Psychotherapy: Continuity and Change, 2nd Ed., Washington: APA Books.
  • Ellison, J., Greenberg, L.S., Goldman, R., & Angus, L. (2009). Maintenance of Gains following Experiential therapies for depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 1, 103-112.
  • Greenberg, L.S. & Goldman, R. (2008). Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy The Dynamics of Emotion, Love, and Power, Washington: APA Books.
  • Angus, L., Goldman, R., Mergenthaler, E. (2008). Introduction. One case, multiple measures: An intensive case-analytic approach to understanding client change processes in evidence-based, emotion-focused therapy of depression, Psychotherapy Research, 8, (6), 529-633.
  • Goldman, R. (2008). Book Review: Insight in Psychotherapy. Louis G. Castonguay and Clara E. Hill (Eds.). (2007). Washington: APA., Psychotherapy Research,18, 3, 363- 364. Goldman, R. & Greenberg, L.S. (2008). Integrating Love and Power in Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy, European Psychotherapy, 7, 1, 119-138.
  • Watson, J.C. & Goldman, R.N. & Greenberg, L. (2007). Case Studies in Emotion-Focused Treatment of Depression, Washington: APA books. Goldman, R., Greenberg, L. & Angus, L. (2006). The Effects of Adding Specific Emotion-Focused Interventions to the Client-centered Relationship Conditions in the Treatment of Depression. Psychotherapy Research, 16(5); 537-549.
  • Goldman, R., Greenberg, L., Pos, A. (2005). Depth of Emotional Experience and Outcome. Psychotherapy Research, 15, 3, 248-260. Elliott, R., Watson, J., Goldman, R., Greenberg, L. (2003). Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy: A Process-experiential approach to change, Washington: APA books.

Selected Lectures

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples, Community Mental Health Clinic, Illinios Masonic Advocate Health, April, 2011.
  • Working with Shame and Anger in extra-marital affairs: 1-day seminar. Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, Hong Kong, July 17, 2010.
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples, Community Mental Health Clinic, Illinois Masonic Advocate Health Clinic, May, 2010.
  • Case Formulation in Emotion-Focused Therapy, Society for Humanistic Psychology, Colorado Springs, Colorado, October, 2009.
  • Case Formulation in Emotion-Focused Therapy: A One-day Workshop, Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, Hong Kong, China (December, 2008)

Selected Presentations

  • Fisher, M., Goldman, R., & Greenberg, L.S. (July, 2011). A Task-analytic model of using adaptive anger to resolve problems in Emotion-focused Couples Therapy, Paper presented at Society for Psychotherapy Research Conference, Bern, Switzerland.
  • Anderson, A., Goldman, R., Greenberg, L.S. (July, 2011). Emotion-focused case formulation in a case of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Paper presented at Society for Psychotherapy Research Conference, Bern, Switzerland.
  • Goldman, R., Greenberg, L.S. (2011, May). Emotion Episodes in the case of Lisa:The Therapist's View
  • Goldman, R. (2011, April). Case Formulation in Emotion-focused therapy, Paper presented at Society of Humanistic Psychology Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Goldman, R., Tschan, W., Dolhanty, J., & Greenberg, L. (2010, June). The Case of Patricia: A Task Analysis of the self-critic dialogue in a Emotion-Focused Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa. Paper presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Integration, Carmel, California.

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