In Depression, Dr. Michael D. Yapko demonstrates his approach to treating clients with this ubiquitous disorder. Depression often leads clients to ruminate on the past and to feel helpless to change their feelings or current situation. Using hypnotherapy, psychoeducation, and cognitive–behavioral therapy, Dr. Yapko helps clients to understand the nature of depression and to focus on potential positive events in their future.
In this session, Dr. Yapko works with a woman in her 40s who has gone through several major losses in the past year, including the end of her marriage and her job, resulting in her feeling that her life is all but over. Using hypnosis, Dr. Yapko does some guided imagery work with the client to help her see further possibilities in her life instead of focusing on the negative events of the past year.