Rather than following the psychological tradition of endlessly analyzing why people make the choices they make, Dr. Yapko's innovative and refreshing book, The Discriminating Therapist, focuses on how people make the important life choices they make. When responding to a therapist's well considered "how" question, such as, "How do you determine whether you have control in that situation?" the client's strategy for making choices is revealed, especially what distinctions the client is or isn't making that can lead to poor choices. Thus, therapists can more quickly and efficiently identify targets of treatment. What factors should our clients take into account when they try to answer life-determining questions such as, "How do you know whether to listen to your feelings or override them?" or "How do you know whether you should stay in or leave a relationship? The Discriminating Therapist provides answers. Dr. Yapko addresses twelve common discrimination issues that underlie the most common problems therapists are asked to treat, including depression, anxiety and PTSD. He offers typical examples of client statements therapists regularly hear that highlight what the client doesn't know that ends up hurting him or her. Dr. Yapko provides the therapist with a "clinical compass" that helps aim the therapy in the right direction. The Discriminating Therapist makes identifying and hitting therapeutic targets faster and easier. Dr. Yapko, an internationally respected psychologist who has lectured in more than 30 countries and authored 14 previous books, has spent nearly 40 years developing an approach to therapy that is brief, highly practical, and easily integrated with anyone's existing approaches. The Discriminating Therapist represents his most original insights and methods for providing effective treatment. Discover "how" you can apply these in your own work.
About the Author:
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 clinical applications of hypnosis, treating depression, and developing strategic, outcome-focused psychotherapies. He routinely teaches to professional audiences all over the world. To date, he has been invited to present his ideas and methods to colleagues in 29 countries across six continents, and all over the United States.
Dr. Yapko is the author of numerous books, book chapters, and articles on the subjects of hypnosis, depression, and the use of strategic psychotherapies. These include the popular (now in its twelfth printing) Breaking the Patterns of Depression, Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis(3rd edition), Treating Depression With Hypnosis: Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral and Strategic Approaches, Hand-Me-Down Blues: How to Stop Depression from Spreading in Families, Essentials of Hypnosis, and Hypnosis and the Treatment of Depressions.
Dr. Yapko is a member of the American Psychological Association, a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a past Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine's Division of Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine (in England), a member of the International Society of Hypnosis, and a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is a recipient of The Milton H. Erickson Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), twice a recipient of the Arthur Shapiro Award for the "best book of the year on hypnosis" from the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis for Treating Depression with Hypnosis (2001) and Hypnosis and Treating Depression (2006), and the 2003 Pierre Janet Award for Clinical Excellence from the International Society of Hypnosis, a lifetime achievement award honoring his many contributions to the field.
On the personal side, Dr. Yapko is happily married to his wife, Diane, a pediatric speech-language pathologist who specializes in the treatment of autistic spectrum disorders. Together, they enjoy traveling and hiking in the Great Outdoors in their spare time.