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 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

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
 

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
 

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
 

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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
 

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

Discover your innate ability to heal. Mental health problems result from life circumstances — not something wrong with you. Emotional problems like depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues are not the cause of your problems — they are the unintentional natural result of your best efforts to solve the problem — efforts that are no longer effective. Once you understand the cause you can implement effective solutions. No matter what you have experienced, you can heal your life.

— Dr. W. F. Diak III, Psychologist in Palm Harbor, FL
 

AEDP is a relational, emotion-focused, experiential psychotherapy that can help you process emotions at a deep level in order to find relief and increase your sense of connection with yourself and others. We will help you identify what is *right* with you and the glimmers of transformance in your life that you may not even be aware of.

— Catherine (Katie) Fries, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

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 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