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Coherence Therapy

Previously known as Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy (DOBT)

Resources & References

This resource page is part of an Online Course
Coherence Therapy: Creating Change Using Neuroscience and Clinical Skills

Online Resources

For a description of coherence therapy, information on training, videos, a list of clinicians, and other resources, visit the Coherence Institute website.

A list of Bruce Ecker's articles and posts can be found at The Neuropsychotherapist

Published case studies of Coherence Therapy from

Indexed Resources from

Videos at

Additional References

  • Bridges, S.K. (2015). Coherence Therapy: The roots of problems and the transformation of old solutions. In H. E. A. Tinsley, S. H. Lease & N. S. Giffin Wiersma, Contemporary Theory and Practice in Counseling and Psychotherapy (pp. 353-380). Thousand Oaks, California & London, UK: Sage Publications (2015).
  • Ecker, B. (2003, November). The hidden logic of anxiety: Look for the emotional truth behind the symptom. Psychotherapy Networker, 27(6), 38–43, 58.
  • Ecker, B. (2008, September). Unlocking the emotional brain: Finding the neural key to transformation. Psychotherapy Networker, 32(5), 42–47, 60.
  • Ecker, B. (2010, January). The brain’s rules for change: Translating cutting-edge neuroscience into practice. Psychotherapy Networker, 34(1), 43–45, 60.
  • Ecker, B. (2011, January 13). Reconsolidation: A universal, integrative framework for highly effective psychotherapy [Web log post]. Retrieved from
  • Ecker, B. (2013). Nonspecific common factors theory meets memory reconsolidation: A game-changing encounter? The Neuropsychotherapist, 2, 134-137. doi:10.12744/tnpt(2)134-137
  • Ecker, B. (2015). Memory reconsolidation understood and misunderstood. International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy, 3, 2–46. doi:10.12744/ijnpt.2015.0002-0046
  • Ecker, B. (2015). Psychotherapy’s mysterious efficacy ceiling: Is memory reconsolidation the breakthrough? The Neuropsychotherapist, 16, 6–24. doi:10.12744/tnpt(16)006-024
  • Ecker, B. (2016). Guidelines for creating juxtaposition experiences. Coherence Therapy Clinical Note Series, 7, 1–7. Available online:
  • Ecker, B., & Hulley, L. (1996). Depth oriented brief therapy: How to be brief when you were trained to be deep, and vice versa. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Ecker, B., & Hulley, L. (2000). The order in clinical “disorder”: Symptom coherence in depth oriented brief therapy. In R. A. Neimeyer & J. D. Raskin (Eds.), Constructions of disorder: Meaning-making frameworks for psychotherapy (pp. 63–89). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.
  • Ecker, B. & Hulley, L. (2000). Depth oriented brief therapy: Accelerated accessing of the coherent unconscious. In J. Carlson & L. Sperry (Eds.), Brief therapy with individuals and couples (pp. 161-190). Phoenix, AZ: Zeig, Tucker & Theisen.
  • Ecker, B. & Hulley, L. (2002). Deep from the start: Profound change in brief therapy. Psychotherapy Networker, 26 (1), 46-51, 64.
  • Ecker, B. & Hulley, L. (2002). DOBT toolkit for in-depth effectiveness. New Therapist, 20, 24-29.
  • Ecker, B. & Hulley, L. (2008). Coherence therapy: Swift change at the core of symptom production. In J. D. Raskin & S. K. Bridges (Eds.), Studies in Meaning 3 (pp. 57-84). New York: Pace University Press.
  • Ecker, B., Hulley, L., & Ticic, R. (2015). Minding the findings: Let's not miss the message of memory reconsolidation research for psychotherapy. Behavior and Brain Sciences, 38:e7. doi:10.1017/S0140525X14000168
  • Ecker, B., Ticic, R., & Hulley, L. (2012). Unlocking the emotional brain: Eliminating symptoms at their roots using memory reconsolidation. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Ecker, B., Ticic, R., & Hulley, L. (2013, April). A primer on memory reconsolidation and its psychotherapeutic use as a core process of profound change. The Neuropsychotherapist, 1, 82–99. doi:10.12744/tnpt(1)082-099
  • Ecker, B., Ticic, R., & Hulley, L. (2013, July). Unlocking the emotional brain: Is memory reconsolidation the key to transformation? Psychotherapy Networker, 37(4), 18–25, 46–47.
  • Ecker, B., & Toomey, B. (2008). Depotentiation of symptom-producing implicit memory in coherence therapy. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 21, 87–150. doi:10.1080/10720530701853685
  • Sibson, P. & Ticic, R. (2014, March). Remembering in order to forget. Therapy Today, 25(2), 26–29.
  • Toomey, B., & Ecker, B. (2007). Of neurons and knowings: Constructivism, coherence psychology and their neurodynamic substrates. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 20, 201–245. doi:10.1080/10720530701347860
  • Toomey, B., & Ecker, B. (2009). Competing visions of the implications of neuroscience for psychotherapy. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 22, 95–140. doi:10.1080/10720530802675748

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