Managing Depression: Why Skills are Better than Pills

(May 2018)

This one-hour public lecture conducted in Melbourne, Australia was recorded as part of a series of talks sponsored by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Psychologist and President of the APS, Anthony Cichello began an initiative entitled “Bringing Psychology to the Public” and I was honored to present this first talk in the series.

An Interview with Dr. Marie-Elizabeth Faymonville

(March 2018)

This is a 33 minute interview with Dr. Marie-Elizabeth Faymonville conducted by Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D. Dr. Faymonville’s pioneering work researching and using hypnosis in surgeries, with pain patients and those in palliative care, is highlighted in a ‘frame of reference’ section of Dr. Yapko’s 5th edition of his classic textbook, Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis (New York: Routledge, 2019).

An Interview with Christine Padesky

(January 2018 released April 2018)

This one hour interview was featured in the April 2018 issue of The Milton H. Erickson Foundation’s Newsletter. Christine is a great friend, colleague and cofounder of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California. She is the author of five books including the bestselling, Mind Over Mood book that I highly recommend. Along with Kathleen Mooney, they are developing “strength-based cognitive therapy” and it was my honor to interview Christine for the Erickson Foundation Newsletter.

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An Interview with Yapko at ASCH

(March 2016)

In this 20 minute interview for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), plenary speaker Dr. Michael Yapko addresses such topics as the prevention of depression, the role of hypnosis in clinical practice, the importance of acquiring early exposure to hypnosis in clinical training programs, and his hopes for the future. The interview was conducted by Maryanna Polukhin, M.D., at the 2016 annual ASCH conference in St. Louis.

Michael Yapko Interviews Professor Peter Sheehan

(January 2016)

In this 42 minute interview Michael and Peter focus on the early experiences with and influences of Martin Orne, M.D., Ronald Shor, Ph.D., Ernest Hilgard, Ph.D., and Milton Erickson, M.D. on Peter’s thinking and phenomenological research in hypnosis.

Yapko Interview at World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine

(Glasgow, Scotland Aug 2015)

Michael Yapko’s Interview with David Burns, M.D.

Yapko interview on Teenage Depression and How to be the Anti-depressant Family Without Drugs.

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Dr. Foojan Zeine interviews Dr. Michael Yapko

In this Skype interview for the Inner Voice Show, Dr. Zeine asks Michael about depression, hypnosis, discrimination strategies, and more.

Depression Lecture in Iceland

On October 1, 2013, I was warmly welcomed to a standing room only crowd at The University of Iceland where I spoke on the topic of depression.

The video length is almost an hour and a half (1:24) but you can start and stop the video to be able to watch it in time increments that suit your schedule. The lecture begins in English just before minute 6 in the video. It is my hope that by providing free lectures like this one, I am able to bring relevant information and perspective to people around the world on a major mental health issue affecting millions of people worldwide.

Special thanks to The University of Iceland, Department of Education and the Icelandic Hypnosis Society for sponsoring this free lecture and filming it so that I could share it with you.

Interview with Aaron T. Beck, M.D. by Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D.

This interview with Aaron T. Beck, M.D., took place on December 15, 1990. The interview was conducted by Michael Yapko, Ph.D. ( and was published in the Summer 1991 Issue of the Erickson Foundation Newsletter (

In Part 1 of the interview Dr. Beck provides a detailed, personal account on his background including how he was originally trained in psychoanalysis in the 1950s, and how he transitioned from psychoanalysis to developing Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Beck explains how he went about developing and refining cognitive behavioral therapy / CBT / Cognitive Therapy, by creating Cognitive Therapy models for different disorders.

In Part 2 of the interview Dr. Beck and Dr. Yapko discuss the clinical applications of hypnosis, and then compare Ericksonian Hypnosis to Cognitive Therapy in the treatment of depression and comorbid disorders. For more information please visit:,,

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