NCLT Therapy: Introductory Considerations
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NCLT is an integrative therapeutic approach which incorporates a person’s neurophysiological integrity with their behavior, feelings and thoughts, and inherently, with the symptoms bringing them to therapy. This has important implications for the role of theory for an NCLT therapist. Most psychotherapists have a complex and changeable relationship with the theories that underlie their work. Research has suggested that while theory was generally important to psychotherapists in an abstract sense, the knowledge of the research regarding that theory contributed to the understanding that psychotherapists may construct and renegotiate their relationships to theory through conversations with others. This suggests that, for most forms of treatment, the role of theory is somewhat less than a scientific template and somewhat more like a negotiated settlement with contributions from interested parties. NCLT is quite different. The NCLT therapist prepares for the first session by re-familiarizing themselves with the models’ basic tenets and rules which are solidly grounded in research of learning theory, probabilistic reward calculations, and memory reconsolidation. In addition they will make sure that they understand the relationship of any type of preferred intervention they may have to the core principles of the model. Case examples of NCLT practice are provided.
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