Coherence Therapy is a method of dispelling long-lasting problems and symptoms at their roots. It was developed by psychotherapists Bruce Ecker, LMFT and Laurel Hulley, MA in the 1990’s and grew out of their detailed observation of the processes that lead to deep and profound change.*
The name Coherence Therapy reflects the guiding principle of the approach which is the complete coherence of the unconscious knowings, meanings and feelings that often underlie pervasive symptoms.
In traditional psychotherapy symptoms have often been viewed as irrational, i.e. something to counteract or correct. Coherence therapy goes beyond this one-sided position to connect with the emotional knowledge, often acquired in the past, that fuels present day difficulties. When this knowledge is fully integrated and owned alongside more recent experience it opens the way to deep and lasting change.
This transformative process observed in the therapy room is paralleled by the discovery by neuro-scientists in 1997-2000 of memory reconsolidation, a research-based, universal key to transformational change.
For more information see the website of the Coherence Psychology Institute.
*Depth Oriented Brief Therapy: How to be Brief When you Were Trained to be Deep, and Vice Versa; Ecker and Hulley (Jossey-Bass, 1996).
*Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Eliminating Symptoms at their Roots Using Memory Reconsolidation: Ecker, Ticic and Hulley (Routledge, 2010).
Kevan Owen HGDipP, DHypPsych(UK).
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