M002 Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy With Depressive Clients

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Beyond Pills, Session 1: Comment Board


Thank you to everyone who attended the first session of Michael Yapko’s Master Class Webinar, “Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy with Depressive Clients.” Through this four-session course, we’ll learn valuable methods to help treat depressed clients without antidepressant medications.

Today’s session is an important part of the learning process in order to understand what therapy can do that medication can’t, why we should be cautious of medications, and learning about new tools like hypnosis in order to better treat clients.

Using the Comment Boards provided after each session will help all of us process what we’ve learned by sharing relevant experiences, questions, or reflections. Please make sure to take a moment to tell us what stood out for you during this session. What do you think will have the most impact on you, professionally or personally?

In order to create a better sense of community, we invite you to please include your name and hometown along with your comment. Thank you all for your participation and thought-provoking reflections.

01.05.2011   Posted In: M002 Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy With Depressive Clients   By Rich Simon
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    • 0 avatar rik van Bastelaar 01.06.2011 22:32
      Wonderful 1st session Michael. Realy liked the way you explained the benefits of human interaction support against the passive use of drugs. Look forward to the next session.

      Kind regards,
      Rik van Bastelaar
      • Not available avatar 01.07.2011 06:09
        I feel that hypnosis bears some further investigation. Magnifies cognitive restructuring and behavioral interventions. thank you.
    • 0 avatar Carolyn Bailey 01.07.2011 06:11
      Thank you for a very informative presentation, Michael. I an working toward my certification in clinical hypnosis and am glad that this course is going to emphasize the use of hypnosis in the treatment of depression. I also share your dismay about the overemphasis on antidepresssant medications in the treatment of depression. While I have certainly found that medication can be valuable for certain clients as an adjunct to therapy, I have always thought that psychotherapy should be the primary treatment for patients with depression. Thank you for validating that viewpoint. I look forward to the next session!

      Carolyn Amesbury, MA
    • 0 avatar Halim Faisal 01.07.2011 06:20
      Three things (and probably more) impressed me about the presentation. These three things were new to me.
      1. The convincing argument that depression was not just biological, just not genetic. The complex interaction of thoughts, emotions, behaviors, relationships and the social environment and depression.
      2. The adverse effects that anti-depressants and other meds have on the water and natural environment! Why isn't this included in the side effects??
      3. The way Yapko unpacked, deconstructed the example of the African violet lady. Very good descriptions of an interactional and relational approach to the treatment of depression.
      Look forward to next week.
      Diane Holliman, PhD (my husband Halim Faisal & I are taking this course together) Valdosta, GA
    • Not available avatar 01.07.2011 06:42
      Excellent presentation. Looking forward to hearing about interventions.
      I am unable to attend in real time next week. Am I able to download the presentation later?
      La Jolla, CA
      • 0 avatar robert kallus 01.07.2011 08:40
        Loved it and look forward to the next three. New info for me: the emphasis on the social component. I eagerly anticipate more practical stuff about behavioral activation and the use of hypnosis.
        Bob Kallus, MS, LMFT
        Valparaiso, IN
      • 0 avatar meghan oconnell 01.11.2011 03:07

        Follow this link and you will find the link to MP3s, rebroadcast of session. You must be logged in and have purchased the class.
    • 0 avatar Ana Rivera-Tovar 01.07.2011 11:07
      I'm often asked by the medical residents I work with about the potential usefulness of medications for a depressed patient so today's webinar armed me with additional arguments against their overuse. I think many physicians often prescribe as a way to combat their own sense of helplessness - if they can learn other strategies, such as activating their patients, and can be convinced of the usefulness of such methods, they would be less inclined to prescribe pills. I look forward to seeing Dr. Yapko in action with his patients.
      A. Rivera, Ph.D
      New Cumberland, PA
    • 0 avatar Michael Matasci 01.07.2011 11:50
      One of the many points brought out was the need for therapists to work in the community to help prevent
      depression. Looking forward to learning more from Dr. Yapko. I like that he emphasizes client activation. Likewise, community mental health centers may need to rethink their approaches to treating their community, and should think about branching out into the "real" world to effect change. Very enlightening discussion.
      Michael Matasci, LCSW
      Brooklyn, New York
    • 0 avatar Terri Dichiser 01.09.2011 16:13
      Great presentation! This is important information we need to utilize in treatment and with clients. I just had a discussion with several clients this last week that felt their ADM's were not helping in any way. Yet their physicians felt it was necessary to continue the medication long term. The physicians were very vague about the definition of long term. The clients felt frustrated. They felt they knew their body and that the medication was ineffective. This information allows everyone to be better equipped in dealing with depression.
      Terri Clinton Dichiser, LCPC
      Overland Park, KS
    • 0 avatar Jane Hill 01.12.2011 05:51
      Thanks for a terrific presentation. Pointes to ponder: drug companies' tactics, advertising and marginalizing ourselves in the treatment paradigm.
      Looking forward to more.
      Jane Hill, LCSW, DCSW
      Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
    • -0.1 avatar Madeleine Eames 01.12.2011 07:08
      Loved this first presentation. A good reminder to shift from the passive to the active approach and how meds cannot teach skills or make friends! I am working on my hypnosis cert. so also great to hear how I might use it to encourage clients, not to cure, but to give them a different experience. Can't wait for the next session.

      Madeleine, BC
    • Not available avatar 01.14.2011 17:54
      Found the presentation very thought-provoking. Interesting new evidence about ADMs being no more effective than a placebo and about the drug companies' immorality (no surprise there!) As both an interpersonalist and a psychotherapist who regularly employs clinical hypnosis, I'm looking forward to learnng more about both the importance of the therapeutic relationship and the usefulness of hypnosis in behavioural activation.
      Jenny, Melb, Australia
    • Not available avatar 01.26.2011 12:23
      So, how do you get your clients off the antidepressants after they have made healthy changes and are symptom free? Some people are very sensitive to these meds and even the smallest change can put them into withdrawal. Any help?

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