Coherence Therapy

The art & science of lasting change

Coherence  Therapy  and  Research



The first randomized controlled trial of Coherence Therapy was reported by University of Florida researchers at the 2009 annual convention of the American Psychological Association. To see the APA poster presentation of this study, click here. Results were clearly favorable; however, the small size of the study means replication is required before the results can be regarded as conclusive. (Citation: Rice, K. G., Neimeyer, G. J. & Taylor, J. M. (2009, August). Efficacy of Coherence Therapy in treating procrastination and perfectionism. Paper R-3 presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.)


Neurobiological research on the reconsolidation of memory has recently revealed the brain's only known process for actually unlocking and decommissioning the synapses maintaining unconscious emotional learnings, which are responsible for clinical symptoms of many kinds, behavioral, emotional and cognitive. The required process identified by neuroscientists for neurologically eliminating a specific underlying learning matches the process of Coherence Therapy in detail. Likewise, clinical observations of the effects of Coherence Therapy match the effects observed by neuroscientists in laboratory studies of reconsolidation. These parallels, described more fully in the articles listed and linked just below, encourage the hypothesis that Coherence Therapy achieves profound change by inducing reconsolidation and neurologically eliminating problematic emotional learnings. This would be consistent also with the fact that in Coherence Therapy, symptoms are observed to cease with no use of counteractive methods aimed at building up preferred responses--the strategy of most psychotherapies in widespread use. For more information:


   » "Depotentiation of Symptom-Producing Implicit Memory in Coherence Therapy"

        [Peer-reviewed journal article]


   » "Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Finding the Neural Key to Transformation"

        [Psychotherapy Networker article]


   » "The Brain's Rules for Change: Translating Cutting-Edge Neuroscience into Practice"

        [Psychotherapy Networker article]


   » "Reconsolidation Neuroscience and Coherence Therapy"

        [Page on this website]


   » "Reconsolidation FAQ"

        [FAQ page on this website]


Research on causation of behavior, emotion and cognition by unconscious, nonverbal, acquired knowledge has amassed extensive findings that afford much support for Coherence Therapy's model of symptom production. For a survey of this research and its implications, see:


   » "Of Neurons and Knowings: Constructivism, Coherence Psychology and Their Neurodynamic Substrates"

        [Peer-reviewed journal article]


Research on mechanisms and processes of therapeutic change provides substantial support for the advantages of Coherence Therapy's strategy of achieving symptom cessation by dispelling the specific, implicit knowledge responsible, relative to other strategies of change. For a survey of this research in relation to Coherence Therapy, see:


   » "Competing Visions of the Implications of Neuroscience for Psychotherapy"

        [Peer-reviewed journal article]


Research on the effects of experiential methods of psychotherapy has demonstrated the clinical value of essentially all of the component methods utilized within Coherence Therapy. For a survey of this research, see:


   » Elliott, R. K., Greenberg, L.S. and Lietaer, G. (2004). Research on experiential psychotherapies.

       In M. J. Lambert, Ed., Bergin and Garfield's Handbook of Psychotherapy and Behavior Change,

       5th Edition (pp. 493-539). New York: Wiley.


Milestones in the establishment of Coherence Therapy are listed here.