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Beyond Pills: Therapy with Depressive Clients

Michael YapkoSaturday, November 5

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Michael Yapko • Explore how to help depressed clients change their thought patterns and enhance their positive self-regard without prescribing medicine with psychologist Michael Yapko, recognized for his work in clinical hypnosis, brief therapy, and the strategic treatment of depression.

Yapko will demonstrate the limitations of prescribing antidepressant medications to clients and explain why medicalizing depression—offering a one-dimensional solution to a multidimensional issue—has worsened the problem across the nation. You’ll discover what psychotherapy can accomplish that medication can’t and how to use hypnosis as a clinical tool to alleviate depression and enhance treatment.

Michael Yapko, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist, is internationally recognized for his work with depression. He’s the author of 13 books, his latest being Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience. Others include Breaking the Patterns of Depression; Depression Is Contagious; and Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis (3rd edition). Website:

Learning Objectives:

1. Name five reasons Yapko believes therapists should be cautious about prescribing antidepressant medications to clients.
2. Explain how hypnosis can enhance treatment with depressive clients.
3. Discuss why medicalizing depression, in Yapko’s opinion, has worsened the problem.