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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AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) supports healing and transformation through emotional experience within a safe and secure therapeutic relationship.

— Gina Della Penna, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Garden City, NY

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 is one of my main approaches to healing.

— Janelle Barnes, Addictions Counselor in New York, NY

I am currently enrolled in Level 2 training with the AEDP institute.

— Bethany Haug, Licensed Professional Counselor in , IL

This model of therapy helps us to overcome defenses (such as avoiding through escapism, perfectionism, shame, humor, or unwillingness to commit to a partner) in order to respond authentically to our past and present. This is an emotionally-focused approach to the treatment of trauma, depression, anxiety, and a host of other struggles.

— Istvan Dioszegi, Student Therapist in Phoenix, AZ

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

My first training in AEDP was conducted by Diana Fosha, founder of AEDP, in 2006. I also completed essential skills one and two advanced courses, and became an assistant trainer in these courses from 2010 through 2016, and again recently in 2021.

— William Ryan, Psychologist in Brooklyn, NY

"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

AEDP seeks to create change through the undoing of aloneness that can occur from the consequences of the limitations of human relationships. AEDP has roots in interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, emotion theory, and body-focused approaches. The focus is to foster new and healing experiences and with these experiences, gain resources, resilience, and a renewed zest for life.

— Lia Schaefer, Therapist in Seattle, WA

Emotions can be scary and often we struggle to identify them. Our emotions can also have important messages for us. I work with an integrated range of styles including helping you identify what may be preventing you from engaging with life the way you, focusing on this, and working hard to change these patterns. Together we can address skills, information, practice, communication, and anything else we decide.

— Taylor Klaus-Vineyard, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

When we suppress or numb our emotions we don't get to pick and choose the ones we want to feel, they all get suppressed. Emotions are information and they are often trying to tell us important things. Recognizing and sitting with our emotions is a practice that we can get better at; allowing us to move deeper into our understanding of ourselves and others.

— Jarra Gruen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

AEDP just feels good! It is more of "a way of being with people" than other therapy approaches. It is experiential, humanistic, and relational.

— Camille Larsen, Counselor in Aurora, CO

My current passion is AEDP, which is a modality informed by attachment theory and neuroscience that harnesses the power of the therapeutic relationship to undo aloneness and create lasting transformation for clients.

— Carolyn Moore, Counselor in San Francisco, CA

Within the family of psychodynamic psychotherapies, another main area of focus of my training and career has been in AEDP, a relatively more targeted, time-sensitive and interpersonally focused treatment. AEDP addresses one of the main concerns of traditional psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapies, which is that of time and overall length of treatment, while providing a depth-oriented approach to a specific area of distress, interpersonal problems or set of symptoms.

— Christopher Schadt, Clinical Psychologist in South Pasadena, CA