AEDP (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy) privileges positive experiences over pathology.

This deep, powerful approach integrates research findings from attachment theory, developmental studies, contemporary affective neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, and somatic therapies. AEDP practitioners explicitly draw on the therapeutic relationship to create conditions of safety that nurture clients’ innate potential for resilience, growth, and healing. From the get-go, we help our clients access this wired-in, human capacity. Together, from this secure healthy base, we explore and tend to the places that need healing.  In this way we undo aloneness and restore optimal development.

AEDP therapists recognize that change often involves letting go of strategies that people initially developed to protect themselves. Giving up familiar patterns and habits (even those which are no longer helpful or adaptive) can be scary. AEDP therapists skillfully help clients regulate anxiety in the face of change.  We support clients to tune into the wisdom of their core, adaptive feelings. When experienced fully, these healthy emotions provide important information about basic needs and guide people to act in ways that better fulfill these needs. This empowers our clients to live more fully and freely, with greater satisfaction.

This inviting, experiential approach is particularly well suited to clients who want to enhance their sense of connection with themselves and others, and to people who want to experience greater self esteem and self-trust.


Diana Fosha, Ph.D., the director of the AEDP Institute, is the developer of AEDP, a healing-based, transformation-oriented model of psychotherapy. 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. A DVD of her AEDP work with a patient has been released by the American Psychological Association, as part of their Systems of Psychotherapy Video Series (APA, 2006).

Throughout her career, she has been interested in exploring different aspects of the change process. Her work on transformational studies has focused on integrating recent developments in attachment theory, affective neuroscience, emotion theory and developmentally-based understandings of the dyadic regulation of affect into clinical work with patients. Recently, Diana Fosha introduced the construct of transformance, key to transformational theory, and has been exploring the role of positive affective experiences as wired-in somatic markers of precisely the kind of transformational processes that are involved in healing psychic suffering and in the fostering of flourishing and well-being.

Dr. Fosha has contributed chapters to Longevity, regeneration, and optimal health: Integrating Eastern and Western perspectives (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2009); Clinical pearls of wisdom: 21 leading therapists offer their key insights (Norton, 2009); Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Clinician's Guide, edited by Christine Courtois and Julian Ford (Guilford, 2009); Healing Trauma: Attachment, Mind, Body and Brain, edited by Marion Solomon and Daniel Siegel (Norton, 2003) and to The Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy., Volume 1: Psychodynamic and Object Relations Therapies, edited by J. J. Magnavita (Wiley, 2002).

Diana Fosha is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology of both NYU and St. Luke's/Roosevelt Medical Centers in NYC. She has done workshops, telecourses, and intensive trainings nationally and internationally. Outside of the US, she has taught and supervised extensively in Brazil, Denmark, and Italy. She teaches, supervises, and is in private practice in her beloved New York City, where she also occasionally leads AEDP Core Training groups.

Many of her papers are available through the AEDP website at www.aedpinstitute.org

For more information on AEDP visit the Institute's website at www.aedpinstitute.org




What's in a name

Cascadia is that land and thought at the edge of the worlds. Some have called Cascadia a "state of mind" while others point out that Cascadia is a real place defined by its geology, biodiversity and shared communities. Cascadia does often appear as the eternal Terra Incognito (the land of the unknown) that is shrouded in mystery just outside of the mind and geography, but it is that sense of mystique that makes Cascadia such a unique and real place.  (Retrieved from http://republic-of-cascadia.tripod.com/whatwhere.html)

The Pacific Northwest, sometimes referred to as Cascadia, is a geographical region in western North America bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and loosely by the Cascadia Mountain Range to the east.  Though no agreed boundary exists, a common conception includes the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia.