M002 Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy With Depressive Clients

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Beyond Pills, Session 4, Michael Yapko: Comment Board

michael_yapko-bigThank you for participating in the fourth and final, Q & A session with Michael Yapko. We hope that this webinar has been informative and inspiration and that it’s provided you with a new understanding and perspective on depression.

Now’s your chance to ask all of the questions that you’ve been thinking about during the previous sessions, whether specific or general. What have you been wondering or waiting to ask so far? This is an opportunity to engage with expert Michael Yapko in order to answer any of the questions you may have about depression, hypnosis, or anything else he’s covered.

As always, we invite you to please take a minute to consider your experience participating in this entire webinar and comment below about what has been most interesting to you. Please include your name and hometown with your comment, and thank you again for your participation.
01.27.2011   Posted In: M002 Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy With Depressive Clients   By Rich Simon
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    • Not available avatar 01.28.2011 05:06
      I thought todays's session was very helpful; I esp. appreciated learning the discriminating strategy questions to ask clients and the disc. on the use of language brought a needed awareness to me when addressing specific issues of abusive pasts.
      Thank you... Gail Harris, Miami Beach
      (I did not see indiv. slide nos. references..)
    • 0 avatar robert kallus 01.28.2011 06:17
      Hi; thank you for a super learning experience. All the way through it's obvious that Michael is not padding or stretching; the content is dense. I felt the pace was energetic, but not frenetic, and a good fit for my 64 yr old brain. In exactly 15 minutes I am scheduled to see my first ct who's specifically coming to address with the help of hypnosis the pain of migraines and fibromyalgia, and I will be mindful of what I've learned, along with my previous learning from the Erickson crew in Dallas. I also plan to use this learning with current clients who present depression and anxiety. -- Session 3 was the driest of the 4; I think you might be spending a tad too much time in justifying the case for the social component; I bought that argument readily. I'd have liked more time spent on some of the other material in that session. But overall, this was a splendid seminar, excellent integration of research, theory and practice; and I am very grateful for the energy and obvious commitment to excellence which both of you have demonstrated.
      Bob Kallus, MS LMFT - Valparaiso, IN
      • Not available avatar 02.01.2011 17:44
        Thanks for your message and kind feedback. I'm glad you can absorb the social perspective so readily, but your colleagues don't do so as easily. That's why antidepressants are the predominant form of treatment, and why I spend a little extra time building the case for experiential, skill-building therapies rather than drug treatments.
        Thanks again for your message.
    • 0 avatar Ana Rivera-Tovar 01.28.2011 06:20
      Today's session did provide further clarification about how to identify the types of patterns that require correction (problem with discrimination)which really helped my understanding. Wish we could review the videotaped session with Mike again, allowing for pauses and inserting more explanation from Dr. Yapko. Perhaps a future webinar would include a second hypnosis session complete with annotations and commentary. Otherwise, I learned a great deal that I will use in my work in a medical education setting.

      Ana Rivera
      New Cumberland, PA
      • Not available avatar 02.01.2011 17:31
        Thanks for your message and kind feedback.
        You CAN review the dvd again as a part of this webinar.Your link should still work.
        FYI---The session is transcribed with commentary and analysis in my book, Treating Depression with Hypnosis.
        Kind regards,
    • 0 avatar Michael Matasci 01.28.2011 08:34
      I found this a very helpful webinar and would like to follow with Dr. Yapko's suggestion to use hypnosis, so training is what I'll be looking for. A question; in formulating the suggestions for 'Mike' or any other client, what does the therapist need to keep in mind and how do they come up with them for each client? Is it working with an intuitive feel of the client's problems? And, is there a helpful mindset or attitude for the therapist to take? Michael Matasci, LCSW Brooklyn, New York
      • Not available avatar 02.01.2011 17:40
        Thanks for your message. As I'd indicated in discussing my approach, and what I modeled in the session itself, was how important it is to have a tight intervention plan based on identifying which specific patterns to target (cognitive, relational, coping, etc.) that regulate the person's depression. I'm not a fan of "intuitive" therapy. i prefer a well-targeted intervention based on a solid understanding of how the client generates depression and what kinds of experiences will be helpful. As for the hypnosis training, the next one has already sold out and so I'd recommend you consider the one I'm doing in San Diego in early 2012. Specific information is on my website, www.yapko.com.
        • 0 avatar Michael Matasci 02.04.2011 03:58
          Thanks, this is helpful, and it seems it's important for therapist to focus on the client's goals, as well as the client's way of "enacting" their depression.
    • Not available avatar 01.28.2011 11:16
      Very much enjoyed the series. Looking forward to learning more about this work.
      Ann Gildersleeve, Ph.D., Oakland CA
    • 0 avatar Anne Maughan 02.04.2011 08:34
      Without exception every class and book of Michael's that I've studied has provided excellent and useable material. He instructs in a purposeful, thorough and detailed manner. My question may be too broad to consider on the comment board, but I'll ask it anyway--and then would like to suggest it as a class for the near future. You mentioned that suicidal thoughts or behavior need to be considered and attended to immediately--so my question is, how do you disarm the suicidal thoughts or behavior? What kind of intervention would you begin with? Thanks again for a great class. And I would also like to know if you've published something short in the recent past that I could give to colleagues/medical personnel to help them get "Beyond Pills"? Anne Maughan, LMHC Richland, WA
      • Not available avatar 02.06.2011 09:40
        Thank you for your message and compliments on my work. I appreciate it. Suicide represents the extreme of hopelessness - in more than 30 years of working with extremely depressed and occasionally suicidal people, I have never encountered someone who truly wanted to die. I have regularly encountered people who just couldn't stand the pain anymore. My first line intervention is to do hypnosis, specifically a process called "Hypnotically Building Expectancy" that I described in detail in my book, Treating Depression with Hypnosis. It provides the person direct experiential evidence that experience is malleable and makes it much easier to absorb the essential therapeutic idea that things can change. It's an effective counter to the hopeless perspective that experience can't change. As for a publication, please go to my website, click on the "Clinicians" tab on the home page, then click on"Articles." Scroll down and see the article 'Skills or Pills."
    • 0 avatar Jenny Thompson 02.20.2011 17:12
      Found the webinar an excellent way to learn. Micheal Yapko presents the information in a way that's rivieting and easily digestable. Found the information on epigenetics especially useful. Already use hypnosis in my practice and will now use this process to teach discrimination strategies and to build expectancy that things will change. Thanks, Michael!
      Jenny, Melbourne, Australia.
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