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The following article first appeared on CSCT Ltd's website - and is reproduced with permission.

Posted June 2004

A brief look at the work of Dr Michael Yapko

Clinical hypnosis can be used to treat depression

By Zoë Fitzgerald-Pool

Dr Michael Yapko has, for the last thirty years, specialised in the treatment of depression with clinical hypnosis. In a climate where anti-depressant medication is still physicians' first treatment choice.

His approach to clinical practice still represents cutting-edge work.

Clinical hypnosis has been directly influenced by the current push for empirically supported treatments, and in recent years substantial high-quality research has assessed the effectiveness of hypnosis and its contribution to improving therapeutic outcome.

There is also a growing body of evidence demonstrating that, when hypnosis is part of the treatment process, it catalyses positive clinical outcomes and generally increases the benefits of established treatments.

"Hypnosis offers a way to conceptualise how human beings construct their individual realities, and how to interact more effectively with others; in clinical hypnosis hypnotic processes are employed as agents of effective communication and change," says Dr. Yapko, who was chosen to write the sections on Treating Depression and Brief Therapy for the Encyclopaedia Britannica Medical and Health Annuals.

"Our knowledge of depression has greatly improved in recent years, firmly establishing the essential role of psychotherapy in treatment.

Patterns of hypnotic influence

Whenever psychotherapy is indicated, so are specific identifiable patterns of hypnotic influence, since the two are fundamentally inseparable."

It is estimated that at any one time almost 10 per cent of the UK general population are suffering from depression.

Worldwide the figure rises to over 100 million (Paul Gilbert, Overcoming Depression 1997), and the World Health Organisation estimates that by the year 2020 depression will be the second most burdensome illness in the world.

Financially, depression costs the British nation more than £8 billion annually; included in this cost is provision of health and medical care, lost production and social security benefits." (Depression Alliance 1999).


About Dr Yapko
Michael Yapko, Ph.D.

is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist based in Solana Beach, California

He is internationally recognised for his work in depression and outcome-focused psychotherapy, and has had a special interest spanning nearly a quarter century in the intricacies of brief therapy, the clinical applications of directive methods, and in training therapists to treat the disorder of major depression.

He is the author of numerous books, book chapters, and articles on these subjects, including Treating Depression With Hypnosis: Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral and Strategic Approaches; Psychological 911: Depression; Hand-Me-Down Blues: How to Stop Depression From Spreading in Families; Breaking the Patterns of Depression; and Hypnosis and the Treatment of Depressions.

Dr. Yapko is a member of the American Psychological Association, a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Dr Yapko is a charismatic and engaging speaker, whose recent London masterclasses (February 2004) elicited high praise from delegate

About CSCT

CSCT is one of the UK's main provider of counselling training programmes, having trained over 50,000 students over more than two decades working in the UK, Eire and Gibraltar with the education, charity, health and private sectors.

The organisation specialises in creating, administering and supporting nationally approved programmes for counselling trainees, as well as delivering continuing professional development courses to already qualified counsellors, and counselling skills training to practitioners of a range of allied health professions and the private sector. With a proven track record in its field, CSCT is committed to providing high quality training that reflects current thinking and research in the field, and meets the changing needs of the marketplace.

After hosting Dr Yapko's successful masterclasses in London in February 2004, CSCT Events will be sponsoring his renowned Six-Day Comprehensive Training Course in Clinical Hypnosis, 6-8 May and 13-15 May 2005.

The author, Zoë Fitzgerald-Pool, is a UKCP registered psychotherapist who integrates hypnosis in her clinical practice and is CSCT's Director of Training and Development


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