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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My primary therapeutic approach is called AEDP. This integrative approach combines modern understandings of interpersonal-neurobiology and attachment theory with tried-and-true experiential methods of psychotherapy. Using AEDP, we work together to understand the functions of distressing behaviors and the core beliefs driving anxiety, shame, and guilt. We work together to change these dynamics. Then we work together to nourish and grow your resilient, and very human, core self.

— Jesse Ludwig, Psychotherapist in Ellicott City, MD

My primary therapeutic approach is called AEDP. This integrative approach combines modern understandings of interpersonal-neurobiology and attachment theory with tried-and-true experiential methods of psychotherapy. Using AEDP, we work together to understand the functions of distressing behaviors and the core beliefs driving anxiety, shame, and guilt. We work together to change these dynamics. Then we work together to nourish and grow your resilient, and very human, core self.

— Jesse Ludwig, Psychotherapist in Ellicott City, MD
 

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 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

My primary therapeutic approach is called AEDP. This integrative approach combines modern understandings of interpersonal-neurobiology and attachment theory with tried-and-true experiential methods of psychotherapy. Using AEDP, we work together to understand the functions of distressing behaviors and the core beliefs driving anxiety, shame, and guilt. We work together to change these dynamics. Then we work together to nourish and grow your resilient, and very human, core self.

— Jesse Ludwig, Psychotherapist in Ellicott City, MD

AEDP allows clients to undo feelings of aloneness, process emotions fully from the sensations they evoke to the meaning behind them, and develop a felt sense of transformation and connection to one's core self. It is my primary therapeutic modality.

— Michael Germany, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX
 

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

— Rafe Stepto, Psychotherapist 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 , CO

I use the AEDP change triangle with clients to help them understand how unconscious defenses such as avoidance, sarcasm, and perfectionism as well as inhibitory emotions such as anxiety, shame and guilt get in the way of feeling their true feelings. Clients that experience AEDP report the initial nervousness around sitting in their feelings, eventually gives way to a open-hearted, confident self that makes this type of treatment so invaluable to them.

— Kimberley Small, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in West Palm Beach, FL
 

I have completed multiple trainings with the AEDP Institute.

— Nicole DeMarco, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

AEDP is my primary approach to therapy. AEDP practitioners believe that trauma happens when a person has to face overwhelming emotions without adequate support. We believe that helping people “undo their aloneness” in supportive, gentle ways can facilitate healing and transformation. AEDP is relational and attachment-focused (uses the relationship of the client and counselor heavily), experiential (focuses on experiences rather than stories/talk therapy), and somatic (uses the body).

— Meredith Noble, Professional Counselor Associate
 

I have training in AEDP and am currently a Level II therapist. AEDP allows me to integrate what I believe about attachment and neurobiology into the therapy work, as these are pillars of the approach. While I am new to studying interpersonal neurobiology as a standalone approach, AEDP incorporates a lot of the material. I have a strong grounding in attachment, as I have taught, presented on, and worked within areas related to parenting, caregiving, and working with young people.

— Emily Donald, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

My professional training includes Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, an evidence based integrated form of therapy that is experiential, somatically based, relational, and healing oriented.

— Jennifer Jackson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker 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