Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

AEDP was developed by Dr. Diana Fosha and borrows from many common therapeutic methods, including body-focused therapy, attachment theory, and neuroscience. The aim of AEDP is to help clients replace negative coping mechanisms by teaching them the positive skills they need to handle painful emotional traumas. Dr. Fosha’s approach is grounded in a creating a secure attachment relationship between the client and the therapist and the belief that the desire to heal and grow is wired-in to us as human beings. Think this approach may work for you? Contact one of TherapyDen’s AEDP specialists today to try it out.

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I have trained in an array of psychodynamic approaches, but found my home in Diana Fosha's AEDP (an attachment, emotion-focused, experiential approach that seeks to identify and relinquish defensive obstacles to healing). I regularly completed trainings from 2007-2011, including her immersion course and 2 complete years of the intensive "Core Training Program". I was so invested I was a member of a group of therapists seeking to make Austin a "Third Coast" training hub.

— Mackenzie Steiner, Psychologist in Austin, TX
 

I have received post graduate training in AEDP through the AEDP institute.

— Rafe Stepto, Psychotherapist in Brooklyn, NY

So many of our defenses - people pleasing, avoiding, self-judgment, worry, numbness, perfectionism - emerge as a direct result of us being unable to tolerate our core emotions, e.g. sadness, anger, fear, etc. AEDP is a psychotherapy modality through which I support clients in accessing their core emotions so that they can take authentic and empowered action in their lives. If you feel stuck, depressed, or anxious, AEDP supports you in opening up to yourself with courage and self-compassion.

— Devin Bard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Minneapolis, MN
 

A good add-on to CBT, AEDP helps to anchor one's thoughts and beliefs in the here and now and to help make room for new beliefs and thoughts as they arise.

— Noa Hamiel, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

I’m using AEDP, I utilize the therapeutic relationship to help clients create a safe environment to experience their emotions fully to reduce suffering.

— Allie Shivener, Licensed Professional Counselor in Franklin, TN

AEDP is a powerful and innovative therapy that can help clients access and process difficult emotions, leading to deeper healing and growth.

— David Stahler, Clinical Trainee in New York, NY
 

A mindful and relational approach to therapy. We focus on building the capacity to be with feelings that help you understand yourself and where you get stuck. It helps us unwind limiting habits, process trauma, and enhance strengths and resilience.

— Devona Snook, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

We can't change the past, but we can change how we feel about the past. This form of treatment "makes neuroplasticity happen", meaning that we can actually use your brain to change your brain. AEDP safely works with emotional experiences in the here-and-now of the present moment from the understanding that we can heal and transform our life by leaning into our emotions instead of avoiding them.

— Matthew Braman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

"AEDP seeks to clinically make neuroplasticity happen. Championing our innate healing capacities, AEDP has roots in interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, emotion theory and affective neuroscience, body-focused approaches, and last but not least, transformational studies.Through undoing of aloneness, through the in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences, as well as new transformational experiences, clinician fosters the emergence of new & healing experiences."

— Hannah Wolfe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

The main mantra for AEDP is undoing aloneness. I seek to do this in everything I do, especially in the therapy room. I want to be a support to you as you are deepening in your awareness of self and others. I want to be beside you, experiencing with you as you ask hard questions and challenge yourself. Having an AEDP approach helps with that.

— Victoria Adams-Erickson, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
 

Southeast Addiction offers a Family Program that works closely with families to provide them with the support and guidance they need. With this program, our families can work through their struggles, identify negative behaviors and learn how to create a supportive environment that promotes sobriety. A full recovery is within reach when you have the right tools available!

— Harry Gal, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Norcross, GA

I am a Certified Level One AEDP practitioner. This is an attachment-focused, transformative treatment theory and approach which focuses on experiential therapy.

— Shae Cali, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Montclair, NJ