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In Search of the Breakthrough

Bruce Ecker on finding the underlying reasons for detrimental behaviors


The therapeutic breakthrough—it’s a moment that leads to deep, lasting change for a client. But is there an identifiable process that leads to breakthrough?

Bruce Ecker, co-director of the Coherence Psychology Institute, says “Yes.”

Using a process focused on understanding memory reconsolidation, he has found a way to identify attachment-based issues, and help clients change dysfunctional behaviors with roots in the past.

In a recent conversation with Bruce—part of our upcoming web series on putting attachment theory into practice—he talks about a client unwilling to leave an abusive situation and the approach he uses to uncover the underlying reasons why.

Take a few minutes to watch this clip from the conversation and I think you’ll find it enlightening.

Bruce Ecker is one of six therapeutic leaders featured in our upcoming video webcast series: Attachment Theory in Action. The series offers a look at the specific attachment-based methods used by Diane Poole Heller, Susan Johnson, Daniel Hughes, Maggie Phillips, and David Feinstein in their professional practices. To learn more about this exciting new webcast, click here.

Want to learn more about attachment theory? Here are 2 Free articles that are popular with your peers: “The Verdict Is In” by Alan Sroufe and Daniel Siegel, and “Bringing Up Baby: Are We Too Attached?” by Jerome Kagan.

Explore More. You’ll find lots of free articles in our Popular Topic Library.

Need CEs? Audio Courses available include Attachment Theory in Action by Daniel Hughes and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, by Susan Johnson.

About Bruce Ecker: Bruce is co-director of the Coherence Psychology Institute and coauthor of Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Eliminating Symptoms at Their Roots Using Memory Reconsolidation and Depth Oriented Brief Therapy.

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