Hypnosis and Treating Depression

Applications in Clinical Practice
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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.


Section 1:  Broad Applications of Hypnosis in Treatment

Chapter 1: Hypnosis in treating Symptoms and Risk Factors of Major Depression (Michael D. Yapko)

Chapter 2: Four Brief Hypnotic Interventions inthe Treatment of Depression (Stephen R. Lankton)

Chapter 3: Building Coping Skills with Metaphors (George W. Burns)

Chapter 4: Hypnosis and the Treatment of Dysphoria: The 5-Finger Technique (Steven Jay Lynn, Abigail Matthews, Steven M. Fraioli, Judith W. Rhue and David I Mellinger)

Section 2: Targeted Applications of Hypnosis in Treatment

Chapter 5: Treating Depression: A Remedy from the Future (Moshe S. Torem)

Chapter 6: Utilizing Hypnosis in Addressing Anger Issues in Treating Depression (Jordan I. Zarren)

Chapter 7: Utilizing Hypnosis in Addressing Ruminative Depression-Related Insomnia (Michael D. Yapko)

Section 3: Treating Depression with Hypnosis in Special Populations

Chapter 8:  Using Hypnosis and Metaphor in the Treatment of Co-morbid Depression and Eating Disorders (Norma Barretta and Philip F. Barretta)

Chapter 9:  Depression Children and Youth: Applications of Hypnosis to Help Young Peple Help Themselves (Daniel P. Kohen and Katherine Murray)

Chapter 10: Hypnosis with Depression, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Chronic Pain (Maggie Phillips)

Chapter 11: The Utilization Approach to Treating Depression in Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Diane Yapko)

Section 4:  Special Considerations Regarding Hypnotic Treatment

Chapter 12: Medication and Suggestion in the Treatment of epression (Irving Kirsch)

Chapter 13: Experiential Cognitive Hypnotherapy: Strategies for Relapse Prevention in Depression (Assen Alladin)

Reviews of Hypnosis and Treating Depression: Applications in Clinical Practice

John Aiello, The Electric Review, September/October 2006

‘Very profound text… Yapko (director of The Milton H. Erickson Institute of San Diego) gathers contributions from the leading thinkers in the field who write compelling essays on ways that therapists might be able to integrate hypnosis into care-plans for those suffering from myriad forms of on-going depression.’

Reid Wilson, Ph.D., Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center; author, Don't Panic!

‘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.’

Marc I. Oster, Psy.D., ABPH, Past President, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis; Associate Professor, Argosy University

‘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.’

Stephen Kahn, Ph.D., President, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis; co-author, Changes in the Therapist

‘Yet again Michael Yapko has brought us an outstanding resource on using hypnosis with depression – a must read for anyone doing work in this area. This comprehensive work opens up new areas in the clinical application of hypnosis, making it fascinating for both the student and expert in hypnosis and everyone in between!’