Seven Implicit Considerations to be Explicitly Addressed in Empirically Based Psychotherapies

Martin J. La Roche, Hector Y. Adames, Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas


The psychological literature on implicit processes (IPs), which encompasses an individual’s thoughts, actions, and feelings that occur independently of conscious awareness, has expanded in the last two decades. During this same period, the proliferation of empirically based psychotherapies (EBPs), with emphasis on conscious processes, has gained momentum among many mental health practitioners. However, the literature on the role of IPs in empirically based psychotherapies (EBPs) is sparse. The main goal of this paper is to suggest IP findings that can be used to enhance EBP’s efficacy and effectiveness. Seven IP findings that can have important applications for EBPs are highlighted. Within each of these seven considerations, the impact of IPs on the psychotherapeutic process is discussed.


implicit processes, empirically based psychotherapies, neuroscience, psychotherapy, culture

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