Two-Day Workshop, Paris June 2013


Undoing Aloneness:

The Transformation of Emotional Suffering




                                     June 3 – 4, 2013

We are please to announce a 2-days workshop on AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy),

the 1st ever in France, with its founder Diana Fosha.

The seminar will be translated from English into French by bilingual psychologists trained in AEDP.

Participants : This training is aimed at all mental health  professionals  (GP, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychoanalysts….)

AEDP is  a rich creative relevant system of interventions. Attachment based and healing oriented, it helps you connect with your patient and use the power of emotion to create change.  AEDP features specific intervention strategies for working explicitly, dyadically, and  experientially with intense unresolved traumatic emotions in a that way transforms suffering and fosters patients’ feeling deeply recognized and understood, safe and secure, and as a result, curious and increasingly capable in relation to Self and others. Unique in its intimate, moment-to-moment relational work which follows the edge of transformational experience, AEDP also reflects the seamless integration of psychodynamic principles with experiential techniques of trauma-based & body-oriented therapies, and the wisdom of the humanistic and mindfulness traditions.

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) …

  • One of the fastest growing approaches to working with attachment trauma
  • Puts neuroplasticity and attachment theory into clinical action
  • Facilitates healing through moment-to-moment tracking of the therapeutic process and experiential work with intense emotion in the context of the therapeutic relationship
  • Uses a range of innovative experiential and relational intervention strategies to establish safety, deepen connection, and jump start transformations
  • Tracks and works with transformational experience to enhance vitality, energy and wellbeing.

Empathy, attachment, mindfulness and resilience are all buzzwords in the current psychotherapy zeitgeist. Many models reference one or more of these concepts as their core therapeutic principles. Fewer models explicitly translate these broad concepts into specific and refined intervention strategies. AEDP’s with its dual clinical focus on (a) directly translating attachment research into the clinical practice of fostering secure attachment and (b) naming, tracking and experientially amplifying the specific, moment-to-moment markers of positive transformation, does. This two day workshop will introduce clinicians to a therapy that that makes use of experiential techniques and focuses on moment-to-moment dyadic affective processes to help patients access and regulate intense emotions. AEDP features an explicitly empathic, affirming, emotionally engaged therapeutic stance, active relational techniques and experiential interventions to make the most of transformational processes. We will focus on both theory and techniques. Teaching will make extensive use of videotaped material from actual psychotherapy sessions to illustrate both affective phenomena and clinical techniques.


Diana Fosha, Ph.D.  is the developer of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), an internationally recognized approach that specializes in training therapists in a transformational approach to  the treatment of attachment trauma. She is founder and director of the AEDP Institute. Diana is on the cutting edge of transformational theory and practice. Changing how we think about change, she is opening up exciting possibilities for what can happen in psychotherapy. She is the author of The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change (Basic Books, 2000), and first editor, along with Dan Siegel and Marion Solomon, of The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development, & Clinical Practice (Norton, 2009), and author of papers and chapters on healing  transformational processes in experiential psychotherapy and trauma treatment. A DVD of her AEDP work with a patient has been released by APA, as part of their Systems of Psychotherapy Video Series (APA, 2006), and another one is on the works. Many of her papers are available through the AEDP website at

Therapists will learn

— The main theoretical foundations for AEDP: an attachment-based, healing-oriented, emotion focused, experiential and transformation-based model.

— How to use right-brain to right-brain communication and the therapist’s genuine experience to engender secure attachment and repair attachment trauma

— Innovative ways of working with defenses

— How to transform anxiety and shame with curiosity and affirmation

— The power of moment-to-moment tracking of the patient and therapist on videotape to be used as a tool for catalyzing and facilitating positive psychological change.

— How experiential metaprocessing can deepen therapeutic gains, foster resilience, expand relational capacity and deepen receptive experiences of feeling seen, felt, loved and understood.

Day 1 –  june 3, 2013

9am   Introduction

9:15  Radical Theory for Radical Practice

Theoretical foundations for AEDP and their clinical implications for stance and techique: an attachment-based, healing-oriented, emotion focused, experiential, body-centered, and transformation-based model.

10:15 Break

10:30 Undoing Aloneness: The Dyadic Regulation of Affect

The moment-to-moment process of attunement, disruption and repair. The therapist’s use of self. Micro-attunement. Working at the edge of relational experience. The use of the therapist’s authentic emotional experience to bypass defenses against relatedness in patients with insecure attachment. Clinical videotapes

12:00  Q & A; Discussion

12:30   Lunch

1:30  The Phenomenology of Transformational Experience

The 4 states and 3 state transformations of AEDP and their somatic/affective markers. The power of moment-to-moment tracking of the patient and therapist on videotape as a tool for catalyzing and facilitating positive psychological change

2:15  Working with Intense Emotional Experience in AEDP

The accessing, facilitation, and working through of intense emotional experiences. Processing to completion and the emergence of resilience. Clinical videotapes

3:15  Break

3:30   Dyadic Mindfulness: Existing in the Heart and Mind of the Other

How metaprocessing of relational experience can be used to deepen therapeutic gains, foster resilience, expand relational capacity and deepen receptive experiences of feeling seen, felt, loved and understood. Clinical videotapes

4:30  Discussion



day 2 –  june 4, 2013

9am  Introduction, and Reflections on the 1st day

9:15   The Intimacy of Moment-to-Moment Relational Work in AEDP

Explicit and experiential work with the experience of attachment and of intersubjective delight. Making active use of the therapist’s own genuine affective experience. Clinical videotapes.

9:45   Undoing the Patient’s Aloneness: Part 2

Making explicit use of the therapist’s affective engagement to undo the patient’s aloneness in the face of trauma. The processing of the pathogenic fear, shame, and self loathing associated with attachment trauma. Clinical videotapes

11:00   Break

11:15   Transcending trauma: From suffering to flourishing

The process of experiential work with somatic experience as a way of working with deep emotional and relational experience. Clinical videotapes

12:00  Discussion

12:30   Lunch

1:30  Fuel for Life: The Metatherapeutic Processing of Transformational Experience

The metaprocessing of transformational experience and the activation non-finite spiraling of positive affects, thus bring energy and vitality into the system.

Clinical videotapes.

2:30  Metatherapeutic Processing of Transformational Experience

Mourning the self, and the Development of compassion towards the self.

Clinical videotapes

3:30  Break

3:45  The Emergence of the Healing Affects and the Accessing of Core State.

The emergence of the healing affects of love, gratitude and feeling moved, and the dropping down into core state: the deeply integrative state of calm and clarity, where qualities of wisdom and compassion naturally come to the fore. Clinical videotapes

4:30  Discussion and metaprocessing of workshop experience

5:00  Closing remarks.


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