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There are compelling reasons why training in clinical hypnosis should be a mandatory part of any advanced academic program.


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Dr. Yapko focuses on developing innovative treatments for depression which emphasize active, skill-building approaches.


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Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist residing in Fallbrook, California. He is internationally recognized for his work in developing strategic, outcome-focused psychotherapies, the advanced clinical applications of hypnosis, and active, short-term non-pharmacological treatments of depression. He routinely teaches to professional audiences all over the world. To date, he has been invited to present his ideas and methods to colleagues in more than 30 countries across six continents, and all over the United States.


Diane is the administrator of this website, program manager of Michael’s trainings, organizer and caretaker at our 100-hour course, and business partner. Still others know me as a Speech-Language Pathologist. In that role, you may know me as a therapist, diagnostician, author or international speaker and presenter. Like many of you, I wear several different hats.

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Why the Elephant?


So often people ask me “Why do you have an elephant logo?” Well, here’s the answer…

Many years ago, I was hired as a consultant to the Zoological Society of San Diego, the administrators of the world-famous San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park (formally called the San Diego Wild Animal Park). I was told that elephants are a highly endangered species and that it was vital to their survival to be able to breed them at specially adapted facilities like the SDWAP. Managing elephants can be a dangerous task, …