1st Edition

Hypnosis and Treating Depression
Applications in Clinical Practice

ISBN 9780415861243
Published December 11, 2013 by Routledge
374 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Michael Yapko’s seminal 1992 book, Hypnosis and the Treatment of Depressions, was the first book ever written on the subject of applying hypnosis in the treatment of depressed individuals. Since its publication, Yapko’s work has not only withstood the test of colleagues previously dismissive of the merits of hypnosis as a tool of treatment, but has thrived in the face of it.

Hypnosis and Treating Depression diversifies the range of topics to consider and increases the number of knowledgeable contributors on the subject of treating depression with hypnosis. The book features chapter contributions by highly experienced and well-known experts on using hypnosis to treat specific forms of depression, with assessment and intervention strategies as well as sample transcripts of the use of hypnosis in therapy sessions. It discusses both broad and targeted applications of hypnosis in treatment, the treatment of depression with hypnosis in special populations, as well as special considerations regarding hypnotic treatment. As a practical guidebook for clinicians looking to add to their treatment protocols, Hypnosis and Treating Depression: Applications in Clinical Practice provides an updated and comprehensive volume on therapeutic uses of hypnosis in the treatment of depression.

Table of Contents

Spiegel, Foreword. About the Editor. Contributors. Acknowledgments. A Poetic Beginning. Introduction. Part I: Broad Applications of Hypnosis in Treatment. Yapko, Hypnosis in Treating Symptoms and Risk Factors of Major Depression. Lankton, Four Brief Hypnotic Interventions in the Treatment of Depression. Burns, Building Coping Skills with Metaphors. Lynn, Matthews, Fraioli, Ruhe, Hypnosis and the Treatment of Dysphoria: The 5-Finger Technique. Part II: Targeted Applications of Hypnosis in Treatment. Torem, Treating Depression: A Remedy from the Future. Zarren, Utilizing Hypnosis in Addressing Anger in Treating Depression. Yapko, Utilizing Hypnosis in Addressing Ruminative Depression-related Insomnia. Part III: Treating Depression with Hypnosis in Special Populations. Barretta, Baretta, Using Hypnosis and Metaphor in the Treatment of Comorbid Depression and Eating Disorders. Kohen, Murray, Depression in Children and Youth: Applications of Hypnosis to Help Young People Help Themselves. Phillips, Hypnosis with Depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Chronic Pain. Yapko, The Utilization Approach to Treating Depression in Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Part IV: Special Considerations Regarding Hypnotic Treatment. Kirsch, Medication and Suggestion in the Treatment of Depression. Alladin, Experiential Cognitive Hypnotherapy: Strategies for Relapse Prevention in Depression. Appendix: Websites of Note. Name Index. Subject Index.

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Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist residing in Fallbrook, California. He is a national and international trainer in brief therapy approaches to psychotherapy and routinely addresses professional audiences all over the world. Yapko is internationally recognized for his work in the active treatment of depression, the strategic use of clinical hypnosis and his advancement of the use of outcome-focused, short-term psychotherapies.


"Michael Yapko has long been a clear and compelling advocate for the merits of hypnosis in enhancing psychotherapeutic treatments for depression. In this new and innovative volume, Dr. Yapko has added the voices of other well known hypnosis and depression experts to the call for more creative and empowering treatments. The collective wisdom contained herein is impressive by any standards, and will certainly be regarded as a significant contribution to the field." - Reid Wilson, Ph.D., Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center; author, Don't Panic!

"In his previous volumes, Michael Yapko has provided us with the science and methods to help change our thinking about treating depression with hypnosis. In this highly readable new text, Yapko brings together a group of like-minded expert therapists who generously share their clinical artistry and collectively encourage the reader’s as well. Reading this book can bring a new excitement to the prospect of working hypnotically with people suffering from many kinds of depression." - Marc I. Oster, Psy.D., ABPH, Past President, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis; Associate Professor, Argosy University

"This is an excellent book that culls together a variety of clinical, theoretical, and research perspectives on the uses of hypnosis in treating depression.  Michael Yapko deserves a great deal of praise for drawing together a group of authors from the Ericksonian, socio-cognitive, cognitive-behavioral, ego state, and other hypnotic traditions to write this highly informative and stimulating book.  Readers at all levels of expertise will enjoy the diversity of its rich clinical and theoretical insights. I also highly commend the authors for providing chapters with detailed therapy transcripts that demonstrate their therapeutic artistry as well as their conceptual rigor." - Ian Wickramasekera II, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center & University of Illinois Medical School Chicago, IL, in International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis