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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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

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

The AEDP approach focuses on our relationship as counselor and client. I attend to how the relationship feels to you, and welcome your feedback.

— Diana O. Verschoor, Psychotherapist in Boulder, CO

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

We live in a culture that values logic over emotions. But science has proven it is not healthy to tune out our emotions . We can become aware of both and understand how thoughts and emotions work together to help us feel better or feel worse. Emotions are unique in their potential to cause traumatic stress and everyday distress. But what most people do not know, because we were never taught this in school, is that emotions are the doorway to healing anxiety, depression and other symptoms.

— jan weber, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bloomington, MN

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

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

Training in this area includes supervision and participation in workshops; this is not my primary orientation, but my work is influenced by the research I have done and the practitioners I work and consult with.

— Kylie Svenson, Associate Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, 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

We all have experienced trauma in our lives. Sometimes it's a big trauma and sometimes it's little traumas experienced over and over. We develop ways to cope with the difficult emotions and they help us survive at the time. The problem is that we outgrow the usefulness of these skills and the coping becomes stumbling blocks to experiencing emotions in healthy relationships. Together, we can identify these stumbling blocks, work to access emotions, and develop new healthy coping skills.

— Brad Warren, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Fort Worth, TX