MC0003 Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy with Depressive Clients

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MC0003, Beyond Pills, Michael Yapko

Welcome to this intensive Master Class series, “Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy with Depressive Clients.” This popular, illuminating series features internationally recognized expert, Michael Yapko, known for his work in the strategic treatment of depression. Throughout the series, you’ll learn about the latest, significant research in effectively helping depressed clients—without antidepressant medications.

These four sessions will cover such topics as why medicalizing depression has worsened the problem, reasons to be cautious about antidepressants, using hypnosis, mindfulness, and homework as part of experiential treatment, social factors as related to depression, and much more. In the second session, you’ll be able to watch this kind of treatment in action, with a video clip of Mike, a depressed and anxious client. The fourth session includes a question-and-answer session with Yapko to allow you to further incorporate this knowledge into practice.

Throughout this series, this Comment Board will be available as a way for you all to share thoughts and reflections about what was most thought-provoking and to ask questions of the presenter and of each other. We invite and encourage you to use this Comment Board as a forum for learning. Between sessions, please just take a few minutes to share what you think. What did you think was most interesting or relevant? What questions do you have? 

Thank you so much for your participation, and welcome to this relevant and important series. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.
12.08.2011   Posted In: MC0003 Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy with Depressive Clients   By Psychotherapy Networker
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  • 0 avatar Tracy Kalloway 12.12.2011 16:10
    Very interesting to think of "how this person generates their depression". I hope this is explored more! I am particularly interested in how to do a complete assessment for this type of thing.
  • 0 avatar CEPIS Studio Associato Dott. Mauro Barachetti e Dott. Manuel Mauri 12.13.2011 04:28
    I work like a psychologist in Italy and the most of my clients is suffering for depression. I'm complete agree with Dr. Michael Yapko when he says: "Depression is about much more than “it’s all in your genes” or “you have a chemical imbalance".
    Congratulation for this session. This is a great way to learn!
    Mauro Barachetti
  • 0 avatar John Sannicandro 12.14.2011 04:40
    The 6 Ways to use hypnosis to address the social aspects of depression is the kind of thing I'd like to see more of.It provides the kind of blueprint of what to do in a session that makes what is being taught practical.a little more on the assessment piece would also be helpful i.e. more of how Michael probes for the ways that the client functions and views the world would interest me.
  • 0 avatar Justus l 12.14.2011 16:29
    Fascinating series. Thank you, Michael. I think Rich's phrase 'unusual conceptual clarity' sums it up. Regarding homework and noticing people who do things well, I immediately thought of the movie, Bill Cunningham New York. What an inspiration. Thinking about him after listening to Michael, I notice he had a very consistent coping style and he had created for himself a very supportive environment - he even had the new kitchen cabinets removed to be replaced with his essential filing cabinets! Any comments, Michael?

    My question is: what would be a useful suggestion to someone who is happy to be an over-achiever with a low boredom threshold, who consistently takes on 'too many diverse projects' and then finds themselves regularly dissociated from their motivational energy, 'forgetting' why they want to achieve whatever it is that they have previously committed to? Previously I have suggested focusing on one thing at a time, dropping tasks and relationships that are not useful, practice of gratitude, taking 'baby' steps, self appreciation of achievements. All these seem to have worked to some extent. Maybe this person just needs to accept that 'life is one damn thing after another'?
  • 0 avatar Regina Morrow 12.14.2011 20:06
    I appreciate being remonded of the reasons to not put all our eggs in one basket, medication. Focusing on the how vs the why feels functional, useful, a way to follow the light out of the tunnel in the shortest route possible.
  • Not available avatar Josephine A. Hernandez 12.15.2011 17:17
    Thank you for describing the hypnopsychosocial style I have long ago translated from psychobabble into every-day language. For many years I have based the services I offer to clients, on their own (and my) personal awareness of our universal/unique human condition: the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs, powers, limits, and interactions with all our world's environments. I first validate and normalize Client's feelings and ask to join them in working toward feeling "good" by acquiring what they need/want. I invite them to remember ever feeling "good" compared to how they feel "sad" now, and to choose which feeling they prefer to continue to live with. I help them explore and experience the human condition powers/limitations ways they might want to use toward reaching their desired physical, emotional, social and spiritual feelings, needs, and wants. I ask if they would like to describe feelings as a result of their focused awareness on their work.
    I choose to serve as a client's helpful assistant during their work toward their needed/wanted/chosen goals.
  • 0 avatar John Sannicandro 12.17.2011 09:30
    I'd like to know how many sessions typically bring success. I've seen Michael do single sessions but what is a typical therapeautic process like. What occurs in a second, third or subsequent session?
  • 0 avatar Wendy Brox 01.24.2012 18:44
    This was concrete and clear and most appreciated. I was reminded of the importance of not getting lulled into the slow, depressed pace of the depressed client. After a few years of private practice I am recommitted to more active homework accountability. Thank you. Looking forward to viewing all the sessions. ~W.
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