Dr. Charles Bonner - Clinical Psychologist - Private Practice
Creative Solutions for Common Problems
Dr. Bonner also offers innovative interventions drawn from a psychotherapeutic orientation called Coherence Therapy (formerly known as Depth Oriented Brief Therapy-- D.O.B.T., developed by Bruce Ecker, Ph.D & Laurel Hulley, Ph.D.).
Coherence Therapy is an experiential approach that draws upon the findings of neurobiology and constructivism to 1) elucidate the compelling purposes served by emotional symptoms and 2) provide experiential interventions designed to dissolve these symptoms at their roots. Dr. Bonner has found Coherence Therapy to be a valuable complement to the Internal Family Systems Model-- that is, specific parts of our mind produce and maintain symptoms for reasons that are coherent and purposeful.
The Coherence Therapy approach is especially effective in working with teens, as it abstains from pushing them to make changes and is respectful of their need to "save face" by making changes when they are ready. This perspective is similar to the therapist and parenting guidelines described in the page on Parenting Teens.
Coherence Therapy website: www.coherencetherapy.org
Coherence Therapy Introduction Videos: Parts 1 & 2
Dr. Ecker on Memory Reconsolidation: 20 min. video
Transcript of 2013 Interview with Dr. Ecker: 10 page PDF
Bonner, C. (2009) The Element of Surprise in Coherence Therapy with Teens Unpublished chapter (18 pages)-- focuses on the treatment of academic procrastination in a high school student. Download PDF here
Bonner, C. (2013) Memory Reconsolidation: A Framework for Psychotherapy Integration? (Book Review of Unlocking the
Emotional Brain-- see next entry below). In The GPPA Report
(quarterly newsletter of the Greater Pittsburgh Psychological
Association), Winter Issue. Download Issue
Dahlitz, M. & Hall, G. (Eds.) (2015) Memory Reconsolidation in Psychotherapy: The Neuropsychotherapist Special Issue, Vol. 1
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Available via Amazon
Ecker, B. (2015). Memory reconsolidation understood and misunderstood. International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy, 3 (1), 2–46. doi: 10.12744/ijnpt.2015.0002-0046 Download PDF
Ecker, B., Ticic, R., & Hulley, L. (2012) Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Eliminating Symptoms at Their Roots Using Memory Reconsolidation. New York: Taylor & Francis. (download Chapter 1 here)
Ecker, B., Ticic, R., & Hulley, L. (2013, July/August) Unlocking the Emotional Brain. Psychotherapy Networker .Download article.
Sibson, P. & Ticic, R. (2014) Remembering in order to forget.
Therapy Today, 25 (2), pp. 26-29 (March 2014). Download Article
Ticic, R., Kushner, E. & Ecker, B. (2016) What's Really Going on Here?: How to Navigate Life Using the Hidden Intelligence of Our Emotional Brain. Coherence Psychology Institute (self-help e-book; Kindle edition )
Charles Bonner, Ph.D. PA. Lic. PS-007719-L
5873 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 422-9160 ext. 2 FAX: (412) 422-8180
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