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Aloneness in the face of overwhelming emotion is at the center of emotional suffering. Undoing aloneness is thus key to being able to process the emotions of trauma and reap the benefits of the adaptive resources that come with those emotions.
AEDP (accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy) is a healing-oriented, mind-body psychotherapy that seeks to put positive neuroplasticity into action, undo the client's aloneness, and cocreate a safe relationship as early in the therapeutic relationship as possible. Thus accompanied, and with the dyadic affect regulation of what formerly was too much to deal with, the client can process those overwhelming emotions.
Characteristic AEDP interventions include being on the lookout for glimmers of healing, undoing the client's isolation, and using metatherapeutic processing to work through the experience of transformation to systematically support the client's flourishing, resilience, and well-being.
Over the course of six therapy sessions, Dr. Diana Fosha demonstrates AEDP's intimate, moment-to-moment work with a client suffering from intense unresolved traumatic emotions. In their work together, Dr. Fosha helps the client not only experientially process negative emotions, she also uses metatherapeutic processing to systematically work with the client's positive emotions to make the most their potential.
AEDP has been described as a model of therapy that transforms emotional suffering into flourishing: We witness that in this 6-session therapy.
Diana Fosha, PhD, is the developer of AEDP (accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy) and founder and current director of the AEDP Institute, internationally recognized for training therapists in a healing-oriented experiential approach to the treatment of attachment trauma. For the last 20 years, she has been active in promoting a scientific basis for AEDP's healing-oriented, attachment-, emotion- and transformation-focused approach.
A leader in the field of transformational studies, Fosha's work focuses on integrating neuroplasticity, recognition science and developmental dyadic research into experiential clinical process work with patients. The author of numerous papers and book chapters, she is the author of The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change (Basic Books, 2000); senior editor, with Daniel Siegel and Marion Solomon, of The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice (Norton, 2009), and coauthor, with Natasha Prenn, of Supervision Essentials for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (APA, 2016).
Described by psychoanalyst James Grotstein as a "prizefighter of intimacy," and by David Malan as "the Winnicott of [accelerated experiential dynamic] psychotherapy," Diana Fosha is known for her powerful, precise yet simultaneously poetic and evocative writing style. Her phrases, — "undoing aloneness," "existing in the heart and mind of the other," "True Other," "make the implicit explicit and the explicit experiential," "going beyond mirroring," "stay with it and stay with me," "rigor without shame" and "judicious self-disclosure" — capture the ethos of AEDP.