Psychotherapy that regularly yields liberating, lasting change was, in the last century, a futuristic vision, but it has now become reality, thanks to a convergence of remarkable advances in clinical knowledge and brain science. In Unlocking the Emotional Brain, authors Ecker, Ticic and Hulley equip readers to carry out focused, empathic therapy using the process found by researchers to induce memory reconsolidation, the recently discovered and only known process for actually unlocking emotional memory at the synaptic level. Emotional memory's tenacity is the familiar bane of therapists, and researchers have long believed that emotional memory forms indelible learning. Reconsolidation has overturned these views. It allows new learning to erase, not just suppress, the deep, unconscious, intensely problematic emotional learnings that form during childhood or later tribulations and generate most of the symptoms that bring people to therapy. Readers will learn methods that precisely eliminate unwanted, ingrained emotional responses-whether moods, behaviors or thought patterns-causing no loss of ordinary narrative memory, while restoring clients' well-being. Numerous case examples show the versatile use of this process in AEDP, Coherence Therapy, EFT, EMDR and IPNB.
About the Authors:
Bruce Ecker is co-originator of Coherence Therapy and coauthor of Depth Oriented Brief Therapy: How To Be Brief When You Were Trained To Be Deep and Vice Versa and the Coherence Therapy Practice Manual & Training Guide. He has taught in clinical graduate programs for many years and has been in private practice near San Francisco, California, since 1986, prior to which he was a research physicist for 14 years. His publications and presentations since 2006 describe the therapeutic application of the neuroscience of implicit memory nullification through reconsolidation.
Robin Ticic is in private practice near Cologne, Germany, specializing in trauma therapy and serving as a psychologist for the Psychotraumatology Institute of the University of Cologne. She is a certified trainer of Coherence Therapy, is author of the parenting guide How to Connect With Your Child, has extensive experience in parent counseling, courses and presentations, and has been honored for community service.
Laurel Hulley is a co-creator of Coherence Therapy and the coauthor of numerous publications, including the 1996 Jossey-Bass book, Depth Oriented Brief Therapy: How To Be Brief When You Were Trained To Be Deep, and Vice Versa, and chapter contributions to these and other publications: Studies in Meaning 3 (J. D. Raskin & S. K. Bridges, Eds., Pace University Press, 2008) Brief Therapy with Individuals and Couples (J. Carlson & L. Sperry, Eds., Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, 2000) Constructions of Disorder (R. A. Neimeyer & J. Raskin, Eds., APA Press, 2000)