A Three-Step Process for Undoing Negative Emotional Learnings
By Bruce Ecker, Robin Ticic, and Laurel Hilley - While most neuroscientists once believed that implicit memories, avoidance reactions, and rigid schemas were locked permanently in the brain’s synaptic pathways, brain research shows that, under certain conditions, we can not only unlock these neural pathways, but actually erase them and substitute new learning.
The Surprisingly Simple Way to Get Powerful Results Swiftly and Reliably
By Bruce Ecker and Laurel Hulley - There's a moment that we therapists savor above all. Before our eyes, a shift takes place and the client slips from the grip of a lifelong pattern. Three decades ago, we discovered that what distinguished the pivotal interactions was that we had completely stopped trying to counteract, override or prevent the client's debilitating difficulties.
An Exercise That Gets at the Root of Your Clients' Worries
By Bruce Ecker - Anxieties and panics aren't merely neurobiological dysfunctions. By heading straight into the core of meaning at the heart of symptoms, therapy becomes a place where a deeper sense of order replaces the apparent senselessness of presenting complaints, and clients awaken to areas of self that have control over what previously seemed utterly out of control.
Creating Juxtaposition Experiences to Relieve Trauma Symptoms
What we clinicians have learned in recent years about the intricacies of the brain's implicit memory systems has certainly helped us better recognize the linkage between distressing or traumatic experiences and many of the previously puzzling symptoms clients bring to our offices. But now brain science is beginning ...
Confronting Self-Limiting Beliefs
According to therapist Bruce Ecker, a founding director of the Coherence Psychology Institute and co-author of Unlocking the Emotional Brain, the first step in helping clients understand why they have certain self-limiting thoughts that drive their behaviors in negative ways is getting to the root of those thoughts. That’s why Bruce uses the “overt statement” technique, which is useful in many therapeutic scenarios, but especially helpful where attachment injuries are concerned.
A Client’s Severe Anxiety Disorder May Be a By-Product of a More Primary Purpose
Sometimes panic and anxiety have no function—they aren’t the means of fulfilling a hidden purpose for the sufferer—yet in a different way, they’re still necessary to a coherent underlying pattern.
When Treating Some Forms of Anxiety, Reenacting a Traumatic Memory May Be the Key
The coherence that underlies panic and severe anxiety disorder has a neurobiologically distinct form: flashbacks of unresolved, unconscious traumatic memory.
One of the Guiding Principles of Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy Illustrated in a Client’s Panic Attack Treatment.
“Symptom coherence” is how we refer to the view that there always exists a well-defined, cogent set of personal themes and purposes that necessitate a symptom. The moment there no longer exists any purpose requiring a symptom, the person stops producing it. This view informed the development of a clinical methodology called Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy.