About This Course
Bruce Ecker, LMFT is co-originator of Coherence Therapy, co-director and co-founder of the Coherence Psychology Institute, and coauthor of Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Eliminating Symptoms at Their Roots Using Memory Reconsolidation; the Coherence Therapy Practice Manual & Training Guide; and Depth Oriented Brief Therapy: How To Be Brief When You Were Trained To Be Deep and Vice Versa. Clarifying how transformational therapeutic change occurs is the central theme of his clinical career, and he has contributed many innovations in concepts and methods of experiential psychotherapy. Since 2006 he has driven the clinical field’s recognition of memory reconsolidation as the core process of transformational change, and he has developed the application of this brain research for the advancement of therapeutic effectiveness and psychotherapy unification. He lives in New York City.
COMPLEX ATTACHMENT TRAUMA MEETS MEMORY RECONSOLIDATION: FACILITATING THE BRAIN’S PROCESS OF UNLEARNING FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE
In this presentation, video of therapy sessions will show how the emotional learnings created by severe attachment trauma can undergo profound unlearning through memory reconsolidation, thoroughly eliminating extreme post-traumatic symptoms and their underlying traumatic memory reactivation, a transformational change. Memory reconsolidation is the brain’s innate process for directly revising existing learnings down to their neural encoding. How that process works has been the focus of laboratory studies by neuroscientists during the last two decades. It is a process of experience-driven neurological change. Translation of the research findings into therapeutic methodology has been the presenter’s main work since 2006. The presentation will equip attendees with a clear map of the steps of process required by the brain for inducing reconsolidation and transformational change, as well as a vivid demonstration of those steps applied to severe complex attachment trauma. The emotional depth and empathetic quality of the facilitation will be strongly apparent. A fundamental distinction will be made between transformational change, which eliminates the very existence of the target learning and the possibility of relapse, and counteractive change, which builds up positive resources that compete against but do not actually replace the target learning, allowing relapse. This therapeutic methodology of reconsolidation is based entirely on empirical, trans-theoretical knowledge of the brain’s process of unlearning. The key steps are defined as internal experiences, not external procedures, so therapists are free to use any suitable experiential techniques to facilitate this process. For example, the steps have been detected in many different therapy systems’ published cases of transformational change, which suggests that these critical steps may be universal common factors that can serve as a framework of psychotherapy unification. This process represents a significant confirmation and sharpening of the corrective experience paradigm and a serious challenge to nonspecific common factors theory.