204 Suggesting Mindfulness

Michael Yapko

Michael YapkoWe often think of mindfulness as a solitary, self-directed practice that makes clients less reactive to outer (and inner) voices. But as Michael Yapko argues in this Webcast Session, guiding our clients into mindfulness features an inevitable dimension not present in solitary meditation. This social dimension alters both the therapeutic aims and methods of mindfulness. You’ll explore:

  • what studying hypnosis can teach therapists about the vital role of suggestion in the change process
  • valuable structural similarities between mindfulness and clinical hypnosis
  • how to help clients focus on and develop inner resources they may not be aware of
  • the transformational quality of self-hypnosis and other experiential focusing strategies


Michael D. Yapko, PhD, a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist, is internationally recognized for his work in clinical hypnosis, brief psychotherapy, and the strategic treatment of 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 (4th edition). Website: http://www.yapko.com/


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