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Michael Yapko

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Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist residing in Southern California.  He is internationally recognized for his work in advancing clinical hypnosis and outcome-focused psychotherapy, routinely teaching 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. His presentations are well known for being practical as well as enjoyable.

 Dr. Yapko has had a special interest for more than four decades in the intricacies of brief therapy, and the clinical applications of hypnosis and directive methods. He is the author of 15 books and editor of three others, as well as numerous book chapters and articles on the subjects of hypnosis and the use of strategic psychotherapies. These include his most recent book, the new 5th edition of his widely used hypnosis text,  Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis , Taking Hypnosis to the Next Level, and The Discriminating Therapist. His works have been translated into nine languages. More information about Dr. Yapko’s teaching schedule and publications can be found on his website:

 Dr. Yapko is the recipient of numerous major awards for his innovative contributions in advancing the fields of hypnosis and brief therapy, including lifetime achievement awards from The American Psychological Association’s Division 30 (Society of Psychological Hypnosis), the International Society of Hypnosis, and The Milton H. Erickson Foundation.


Fallbrook, California, USA
Member of ISH


Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis, 5th edition.

New York: Routledge, 2019.


Keys to Unlocking Depression: An Internationally Known Depression Expert Tells You What You Need to Know to Overcome Depression.

Fallbrook, CA.: Yapko Publications, 2016.


Essentials of Hypnosis, 2nd edition. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 2015.


Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience. New York: Norton, 2011.


Depression is Contagious: How the Most Common Mood Disorder is Spreading Around the World and How to Stop It. New York: The Free Press, 2009.


Hypnosis and Treating Depression: Applications in Clinical Practice (Editor).

New York: Routledge, 2006.


Treating Depression with Hypnosis: Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral and Strategic Approaches. New York: Brunner/Routledge, 2001.


Hand-Me-Down Blues: How to Stop Depression from Spreading in Families. New York: St. Martin’s, 1999.


Breaking the Patterns of Depression. New York: Random House/Doubleday, 1997.


Suggestions of Abuse: True and False Memories of Childhood Sexual Trauma.

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.


Free Yourself from Depression. Emmaus, PA.: Rodale Press, 1992.


Hypnosis and the Treatment of Depressions: Strategies for Change. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1992.


Brief Therapy Approaches to Treating Anxiety and Depression (Editor). New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1989.


When Living Hurts: Directives for Treating Depression. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1988.


Hypnotic and Strategic Interventions: Principles and Practice (Editor). New York: Irvington, 1986.