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In mental health treatment, the goal is always to help you get to a place of managing or diminishing the negative symptoms or issues that are causing you problems in your life. Different types of therapy work to achieve this goal in different ways, and in coherence therapy, the goal is to help you get to that “Aha!” moment as quickly possible. How is this accomplished? Through focused techniques designed to help you to bring to light what you have learned subconsciously so that you can see how it has been applied consciously and thus undo any negative effects by replacing those behaviors with new, more effective choices.

*Disorders That Benefit From Coherence Therapy

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Eating disorders
  • Phobias
  • Trauma

Coherence Therapy Quick Facts

  • Coherence therapy was developed by psychotherapists Bruce Ecker and Laurel Hulley.
  • Coherence therapy was originally called depth-oriented brief therapy (DOBT); the name was changed in 2005.
  • “Coherence” describes the goal of the therapy: to bring to light (or into coherence) what the subconscious knows.
  • The therapy is based on a concept called “reconsolidation” in which long-term, learned emotional responses are erased.
  • By applying the “steps of change” recognized in coherence therapy, you can more quickly move to a state of balance.

Questions to Ask Your Coherence Therapist

Before you begin any alternative treatment, it is important that you learn all you can about how it works, how it is expected to progress your recovery, and what to expect during treatment. Some questions to ask include:

  • What is your understanding of coherence therapy, its goals, and how it works in the session?
  • What is your experience in providing coherence therapy? What other forms of therapy have you worked in?
  • What can I expect to experience in a coherence therapy session?
  • What are our goals specifically for me, given the mental health symptoms I’m experiencing?
  • How long should treatment last?

The First Session

When you begin coherence therapy, like any other therapy, a portion of your initial session will be dedicated to helping your therapist understand what you are going through, the symptoms you are experiencing, and the goals you have for yourself in treatment.

The primary function of any therapy, traditional or alternative, is to help you attain the goals you have for yourself and your experience in your life. Your therapist is there to utilize the type of therapy in which they are trained to guide you toward achieving your goals. The first session sets up your entire experience throughout treatment and allows you to set the foundation for what is to come.

Apply Coherence Therapy to Your Life

In coherence therapy, therapists utilize specific steps of change that are meant to progress you quickly to a breakthrough that allows you to triumph over your mental health symptoms. If you think that you would benefit from this or other alternative therapies, contact us today at the number above to get started.



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