NCLT Clinical Procedures

  • Theodore Wasserman
  • Lori Drucker Wasserman


NCLT is an integrative model. As such it can make use of many techniques, some of which are based on entirely different conceptual models. Recognizing the benefits of using the technique even though conceptual differences exist between the models is a strength of NCLT. NCLT is based upon a model of how people process and make use of the information they receive. It recognizes that a person can receive this information through many different kinds of experiences interacting with their connectome. NCLT also recognizes that these experiences have predictable impact on the psychological functioning of people and it is these outcomes that we concern ourselves with in treatment. Given its ability to integrate most therapeutic models within its conceptual framework, it might be possible to describe NCLT as the beginning of a fourth wave of cognitively based models. These would be models that were able to describe the multiplicity of factors that contribute to the development of mental functioning in people. In addition, these models have the potential to incorporate and explain all intervention techniques under one coherent framework.


Therapeutic integration Cognitive behavior therapy Dialectical behavior therapy Coherence therapy Schema therapy Committed action Acceptance and commitment therapy Cognitive disputation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodore Wasserman
    • 1
  • Lori Drucker Wasserman
    • 1
  1. 1.Wasserman and Drucker PABoca RatonUSA

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