Coherence Therapy

The art & science of lasting change

(TRP STEPS 1-2-3)

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Listed here are symptoms that fully ceased to occur and did not reoccur, with no preventative practices or efforts, as a prompt result of the memory reconsolidation process of profound unlearning (steps 1, 2, and 3 of the Therapeutic Reconsolidation Process).  That process is described in each of the writings listed at the bottom of this page.

Each symptom is tagged with either ¹ or ² to indicate:
¹ The unlearning process of MR was knowingly facilitated in Coherence Therapy; for an index of published cases, see
² The unlearning process of MR was unknowingly facilitated in other systems of therapy, as documented in published accounts listed at

Aggressive behavior¹
Alcohol abuse¹
Affect avoidance¹ ²
Anger and rage¹
Anxiety¹ ²
Attention deficit problems¹
Complex trauma symptomology¹ ²
Compulsive behaviors of many kinds¹
Couples' problems of conflict / communication / closeness¹
Depression¹ ²
Disruptive behavior diagnosed ADHD¹
Erratic moods and behavior of a child¹
Family and child problems¹
Food/eating/weight problems¹
Grief and bereavement problems¹ ²
Guilt, self-blame¹ ²
Inner critic, low self-worth, self-devaluing, self-doubting, self-hatred, unworthiness¹ ²
Insecure attachment-based behaviors and distress¹
Isolation¹ ²
Obsessive attachment¹
Panic attacks¹ ²
Phobia: fear of flying¹
Procrastination / Inaction¹
Psychogenic / psychosomatic pain¹
PTSD symptoms¹
Self-harming impulses, suicidality¹
Sexual aversion¹
Sexual molestation PTSD¹
Shame¹ ²
Social anxiety¹ ²
Stage fright¹
Terror, formless¹
Terror of others' anger²
Ulcerative colitis²
Voice / speaking / singing problems¹

Ecker, B., Ticic, R., & Hulley, L. (2024). Unlocking the emotional brain: Memory reconsolidation and the psychotherapy of transformational change (2nd Edition). New York, NY and Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Ecker, B., & Vaz, A. (2022). Memory reconsolidation and the crisis of mechanism in psychotherapy. New Ideas in Psychology, 66, 100945, 1-11.

Ecker, B. (2021, November 19). Reconsolidation behavioral updating of human emotional memory: A comprehensive review and unified analysis of successes, replication failures, and clinical translation. PsyArXiv.

Ecker, B., & Bridges, S. K. (2020). How the science of memory reconsolidation advances the effectiveness and unification of psychotherapy. Clinical Social Work Journal, 48(3), 287-300.

Ecker, B. (2018). Clinical translation of memory reconsolidation research: Therapeutic methodology for transformational change by erasing implicit emotional learnings driving symptom production. International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy, 6(1), 1-92.


Readings on
Memory Reconsolidation


Chapter 2 in Unlocking the Emotional Brain explains reconsolidation research findings, how reconsolidation works, and how this knowledge translates into a process that psychotherapists can guide for dispelling a wide range of symptoms at their emotional and neural roots. The rest of the book provides many case examples.


"A Primer on Memory Reconsolidation and Its Psychotherapeutic Use as a Core Process of Profound Change" is an article adapted from the book, Unlocking the Emotional Brain, and published in The Neuropsychotherapist.


For a short, introductory version of these concepts and research findings, see the January 2011 blog article, Reconsolidation:
A Universal, Integrative Framework for Highly Effective Psychotherapy


For rigorous, more complete accounts of these concepts and research findings, see these peer-reviewed journal articles in the International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy:


Clinical Translation of Memory Reconsolidation Research


Memory Reconsolidation Understood and Misunderstood


The neural mechanisms that may correspond to Coherence Therapy’s process of change are described in detail in a series of three articles in the Journal of Constructivist Psychology:


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Easy-reading articles in the Psychotherapy Networker on memory reconsolidation and how it is brought about in Coherence Therapy:


Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Is Memory Reconsolidation the Key to Transformation? »


The Brain's Rules for Change»


How a brain imaging study could help reveal the role of reconsolidation in Coherence Therapy: Download»