Bruce Ecker Interview
Richard Hill interviews Bruce Ecker, MA, LMFT
Bruce Ecker is the developer of Coherence Therapy and co-author of, Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Eliminating Symptoms at Their Roots Using Memory Reconsolidation, a new book explaining memory reconsolidation AND how to utilise these new findings in therapy.
Bruce Ecker, M.A., L.M.F.T. is co-originator of Coherence Therapy and a founding director of the Coherence Psychology Institute. He is coauthor of many clinical publications including the volumes Depth Oriented Brief Therapy: How To Be Brief When You Were Trained To Be Deep and Vice Versa and the Coherence Therapy Practice Manual and Training Guide. He is a frequent presenter at major psychotherapy conferences and an internationally sought clinical trainer who has taught in graduate programs for many years. He has been in independent psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco area for over 25 years, prior to which he was a research physicist for fourteen years.
The central theme of Ecker’s clinical career has been the clarification of the ingredients of profound therapeutic change. Giving equal emphasis to both a compassionate understanding of “emotional truth” and to rigorous, scientific thinking has led him and clinical collaborator Laurel Hulley to identify a natural, core process of profound change across a wide range of clients’ symptoms, issues and personalities. The approach, known as Coherence Therapy, is at once deep, efficient, and steeped in respect for the individual.
In 2005, Ecker began studying current research in the neuroscience of learning and memory, reasoning that something corresponding to the core, phenomenological process he and Hulley had identified should be apparent on the neurological level if that process is truly an inherent feature of the mind and brain, as he believed.
It emerged that brain research in the new field of memory reconsolidation has yielded detailed corroboration that the process of profound change that Ecker and Hulley identified and teach as Coherence Therapy corresponds, on the neurobiological level, to actual erasure of neurally encoded emotional learnings. If confirmed by rigorous, controlled studies yet to be performed for real-life therapy sessions, this would be a significant step of unifying our understanding of how subjective, emotional processes and neural, biomolecular processes function in tandem, interdependently, for emotional growth and change. In Unlocking the Emotional Brain, Ecker and co-authors have shown that the same steps of process occur also in other therapies of transformational change, including AEDP, EFT, EMDR and IPNB.
Ecker now divides his time between his therapy practice, the training of therapists in Coherence Therapy through the Coherence Psychology Institute, and writing and lecturing on the emerging new clinical paradigm of profound therapeutic change through the reconsolidation process.
You can find out more about Bruce and Coherence Therapy at the website www.coherencetherapy.org including information regarding the enormously important book he has co-authored regarding memory reconsolidation in theory and in practice. This is one of the next big things in neuroscience and the book is not to be missed.
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The MindScience Institute has been set up to act as a networking hub for the wide array of activity occurring in the world. Based in Australia, it is hoped that pathways will be opened between my many friends and associates in the USA into the Asian region, the East and into Europe and back again. There are so many interesting and varied points of view and perspectives that are generated not only through styles of practice, but also cultural background. The MindScience Institute will look to provide education and information, but also share and link with the excellent programs and teaching already underway. The time is now ripe to translate and even transform the avalanche of information about the mind and brain and the interactions within the body and now the activity of our genes into the practice of health and healing. We can take practice into a new and, I’m sure, better place.
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For those of you who wish to hear more from Bruce Ecker there is another great interview with Bruce on Shrink Rap Radio with Dr Dave. You can go directly to that interview by clicking on the Shrink Rap Radio icon on the left.