The Therapeutic Reconsolidation Process (TRP)

'The TRP's capability to play a unifying role in the psychotherapy field is based in its inherent qualities: It is empirically grounded in neuroscience, non-theoretical, technique independent, and can be used in dispelling emotional implicit learnings of all clinically relevant types, whether formed in attachment, existential, social, traumatic, or other experiences' -- Bruce Ecker

Paul Sibson - EmbodiMind - Counselling & Psychotherapy - Durham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Neuroscience since 2004 has shown that the brain has a built-in process of profound unlearning through a type of neuroplasticity called memory reconsolidation. Through memory reconsolidation, unwanted symptom-generating emotional learnings can actually be deleted from memory; the term 'Therapeutic Reconsolidation Process' (TRP) defines a general template for utilizing reconsolidation specifically within psychotherapy. The Therapeutic Reconsolidation Process defines an essential sequence of internal experiences the client must have—without specifying methods or techniques for creating those experiences, just as a map does not impose a mode of travel when one is on a journey—in order for this elimination of emotional learnings to occur. Reconsolidation thus implies a psychotherapeutic strategy of transformational change—working in alignment with the brain's built-in rules to permanently erase symptoms—rather than the method of counteractive change which predominates in the field. Counteractive methods attempt to prevent symptoms by building up a preferred emotional learning to override and suppress them—for example, in the various forms of cognitive behavioural therapy—transformational change eradicates them permanently.