Diana Fosha on Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
AEDP founder Diana Fosha discusses the journey that led her to create a new model of psychotherapy, the strong community support that ties the AEDP community together and how men have traditionally gotten a bum rap in couples therapy.
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“What You Think is Impossible, You're Actually Already Doing”
|Polly Ely:||Diana, welcome. As a devotee and student of Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), I’m so happy to have this opportunity to interview you. Because AEDP is still pretty new to the world of psychotherapy, could you begin by explaining a bit about it?|
|Diana Fosha:||Well, to begin with, unlike most models of psychotherapy that proceed from psychopathology—that start from what’s wrong and very reasonably want to go about fixing and healing it—one of the core characteristics of AEDP is that it assumes healing is already there to access from the first contact with the patient, including the most traumatized person that we encounter. It proceeds from the assumption of healing as a process and healing as a phenomenon—something to be entrained and engaged.|
And we’re an experiential treatment, so whether we’re working with healing or attachment or emotion or what have you, we’re not so much interested in the narrative or people’s stories about it as much we’re interested in helping people drop down as much as we can into their experience and exploring the experience.
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Diana Fosha, PhD, is the the developer of AEDP, a healing-based, transformation-oriented model of psychotherapy, and director of the AEDP Institute. She is the author of The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change (Basic Books, 2000), and of numerous articles and chapters on transformational processes in experiential psychotherapy and trauma treatment. She is the editor, along with Dan Siegel and Marion Solomon, of The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development, and Clinical Practice (Norton, 2009), part of Norton's Interpersonal Neurobiology Series. She is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology of both NYU and St. Luke's/Roosevelt Medical Centers in NYC. She lectures widely and has done workshops, telecourses, and intensive trainings nationally and internationally in Brazil, Denmark, Italy, and Hong Kong. She teaches, supervises, and is in private practice in her beloved New York City, where she also occasionally leads AEDP training groups. Polly Elly's orientation is strongly rooted in AEDP, a somatically focused attachment based practice. A graduate of The Wright Institute, Polly is leaning towards becoming an AEDP Certified Practitioner and is enjoying a thriving practice in Corte Madera. Polly is extensively trained in experiential couples work helping partners to create a warmth-filled life together and a deeply felt, enduring experience of love. She is a certified parenting specialist with the county of Marin. In-home parent-child work (super nanny style) and 24-hour remote parent coaching are among her unique offerings. Her dual approach to teen treatment includes parents in a way that builds new closeness and lasting connection to their teens. When needed, Polly is able to work with a special focus on anxiety disorders, bringing both heart and a proven effective treatment to OCD, Panic Disorder and Trichotillomania. www.pollyely.com
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- Define the core characteristics of AEDP theory.
- Describe the origins and evolution of AEDP.
- Apply AEDP in clinical work with clients.
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