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Unlocking The Emotional Brain

Is Memory Reconsolidation the Key to Transformation?

July/August 2013
New research into the complexities of memory reconsolidation offers important clues about how we can make the most elusive of consulting room events—the deep, therapeutic breakthrough—a regular occurrence.

The Brain's Rules for Change

Translating cutting-edge neuroscience into practice

January/February 2010
For the firs time, we're beginning to understand how to directly delete emotional meanings attributed to disturbing past events.

Unlocking the Emotional Brain

Finding the neural key to transformation

September/October 2008
Findings about memory consolidation in the brain have opened up the possibility that transformational therapeutic change is more feasible than we previously believed.

The Hidden Logic of Anxiety

Look for the Emotional Truth behind the Symptom

November/December 2003
To focus on the unconscious psychological roots of an individual's anxiety has become an anachronism. But how many of us, with a toolbox full of today's methods, reliably bring about a decisive cessation of our clients' intense anxiety and panic? In the first few years of my clinical career, I found that with standard methods I could often help clients mildly relieve their anxieties, but that I rarely achieved a radical reduction of symptoms. Yet there were occasional sessions in which I abandoned conventional clinical wisdom and tapped into a deep layer of personal meaning in the symptoms. When I did that, clients' symptoms often ceased from one session to the next, and never recurred. For several years, I systematically examined what was different about those sporadic sessions that yielded such profound change. What I found was a surprise.

Deep from the Start

Profound Change in Brief Therapy Is a Real Possibility

January/February 2002
In much long-term therapy, breakthrough experiences seem to come almost randomly, and then only after months or years. In briefer therapies, on the other hand, deeply rooted emotional realities are often ignored altogether in favor of "reframes" and other forms of cognitive or behavioral change.
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