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SOA13 204 with Michael Yapko

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2 Responses to SOA13 204 with Michael Yapko

  1. mgibson says:

    Michael Yapko presents another viewpoint in the use of mindfulness in clinical practice. Bringing what he terms a “concrete mind” to mindfulness, Yapko is interested in the nuts and bolts of processes. He compares the use of mindfulness with the use of hypnosis in therapy, and notes the numerous points in common between the two. With a social psychology viewpoint, he examines the interpersonal process and dynamics that come into play with the use of a particular focus in a session. In this context, by guiding a person in mindfulness meditation and related practices we are in fact we are using our words as suggestions, triggers for experience, and in that sense we are using our influence on another person in the therapy session. He makes a strong case for the necessity of therapist understanding of this process and the underlying structure. In using mindfulness in clinical practice, it seems that the ethical therapist must really come to an understanding of these underlying processes being used, and thus must give serious consideration to incorporating the the aspects and information offered by Dr. Yapko’s work. As he notes, various resources are generously available on his website–articles, videos, teaching schedule, response to messages. What Michael Yapko has to say to us is less warm and fuzzy than that of some other presentations on mindfulness practices, but essential for the clinician to understand.

    Merrilee Nolan Gibson, Psy.D.
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

  2. Teri Johnson says:

    I would love to believe that both hypnosis and mindfulness can provide an amazing variety of modality to support people in this intense sometimes chaotic society . The thought of using both to support regulation and self reflection is essential.
    I’m most interested in the client being active in the treatment process and creating the safe space and therapeutic alliance that allows our clients to trust us as clinicians to guide them through this journey
    I do wonder if the presenter has used this modality within urban environments or working with disenfranchised populations within our society ?

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