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 depression and outcome-focused psychotherapy, routinely teaching to professional audiences all over the world. To date, he has been invited to present his innovative ideas and strategic methods to colleagues in more than 30 countries across six continents, and all over the United States.
Dr. Yapko has had a special interest which spans nearly four decades in the intricacies of brief therapy, the clinical applications of directive and experiential methods, and proactively treating the disorder of major depression. His social view of depression has considerable empirical support and encourages multi-dimensional treatments. He is the author of 15 books and editor of three others, and numerous book chapters and articles on these subjects. These include his newest book, Keys to Unlocking Depression, as well as Depression is Contagious, Hand-Me-Down Blues, Treating Depression with Hypnosis, Breaking the Patterns of Depression and his forthcoming book, The Discriminating Therapist. His works have been translated into nine languages. More information about Dr. Yapko’s work is available on his website: www.yapko.com.
Dr. Yapko is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the International Society of Hypnosis, and a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his contributions to the treatment of depression and advancing the field of psychotherapy.