AEDP Cascadia SALONS are held three times at year. You are welcome to attend if you have attended many AEDP trainings, only a few or are brand new. We are confident that you will find something of value in the presentations and will enjoy our warm and vibrant community. 

The AEDP approach is inspiring and affirming in the way it honours our relationship to our clients in the moment and engages the positive "transformance strivings" that are always available. AEDP is deceptively simple and can be challenging to integrate. The "Salon" is intended to provide a supportive community as we develop our skills. Topics may be as far ranging as responding to defenses, knowing where you are in the process of therapy or sharing the impact of working as an AEDP therapist on ourselves, and especially just being together to share the journey.

Please note: In order to protect client confidentiality, registration for Salons is limited to people who have the training and educational qualifications to legally practice as a mental health practitioner, or who are enrolled in formal training  to work in the field.

AEDP Cascadia is committed to promoting inclusiveness in our profession and countering systemic barriers to participation. If the registration fee for the salon is a barrier or obstacle to attending please contact us directly at


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Joelle Lazar


Joelle Lazar, MA, RCC

Joelle will present her AEDP work with a client whose internal working model is “I need to shut down my emotions or I will lose control.” Joelle will show video segments that highlight accessing and processing of State 2 emotional and somatic experience, as well as efforts to promote State 3 meta processing of transformational experiences.

About the presenter:

Joelle Lazar, MA, RCC, is in private practice in False Creek, Vancouver. Since her first salon in 2014, and subsequent supervision, Immersion, and Core Training, AEDP's unique map has helped Joelle to access her authentic self, develop greater emotional attunement, and to feel energized by her work. Individuals, couples, and families who seek relief from trauma, somatic disorders, anxiety, depression, mood and personality disorders experience Joelle as warm, compassionate, and committed to their needs and goals. In addition to AEDP, her practice is influenced by Jungian Depth Psychology, and Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. For more information on Joelle, please visit

Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Jennie Campbell

Using Fierce Love to build Client Hope and Resilience


Jennie Campbell is a Counsellor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and has been training in AEDP since 2014. She has been inspired by her recent ES2 training in NY, and in this Salon, will be showing segments of her client tape of a young female, who is living with family dysfunction and struggling to create a sense of her own identity. Jennie attempts to foster the client’s transformance strivings towards individuation, using fierce love.

Saturday, FEBRUARY 23, 2019

Dale Trimble, MA, RCC

Dale Trimble, MA, RCC

Magnificent Healing Through AEDP

AEDP's Magnificent Nine Change Mechanisms is a new scale in the AEDP world for use in supervision, self-reflection and research. Dale will present an overview of the scale with handouts so you can follow along. Dale will then show a tape of his work with a patient and host a discussion inviting participants to track their somatic, emotional and cognitive responses (applying the nine change mechanisms). You will leave the salon with increased ability to track your own AEDP interventions (or at least having enjoyed some very good coffee and muffins).

Dale Trimble, MA, RCC is senior faculty with the AEDP Institute. In 2004 he was the recipient of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, President’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Profession. He was the lead author of the Canadian syllabus for CP 602 – The Psychology of Trauma and Interpersonal Violence for City University, Vancouver, BC

Dale is known as a Canadian expert on working with men and has travelled throughout Canada and the U.S providing training for therapists on compassionate ways of helping men change. He maintains a private practice in Vancouver as a therapist and clinical supervisor.

 Sunday, november 18, 2018

Christian Monks, RCC

Christian Monks, RCC

Dancing with Defences Dyadically

Christian is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice in Vancouver. He began training in AEDP in 2014 and is drawn to its ability to bring about progressive transformational experiences for client and therapist alike. As a long time meditation practioner, Christian is struck by the similarity of working with one’s mind and the AEDP therapeutic stance of being open, curious and accepting one moment to the next.

Christian will present a clip of a client video session that struggles with perfectionism and a critical mind. These defences adversely impact her relationships and her ability to enjoy life. Her internal working model is when she needs help that she is weak as that was what was communicated to her while growing up; so she struggles with taking in with the therapist’s care. To better understand the session and the AEDP approach, Christian will begin the presentation by briefly outlining the Triangle of Experience and list some common defences before detailing some of the therapeutic interventions used in session, which include moment to moment tracking, affective self-disclosure, parts work and a portrayal. Christian will welcome group discussion and reflections on his work.

 Sunday, June 3, 2018


One of our AEDP certified clinicians will show a videotaped session of a client who presents with depression and an insecure ambivalent attachment style rooted in historical childhood trauma. The clinical case will explore working on the edge of pathogenic affect. Portions of the session will be interspersed with group discussion and reflection. 

 SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018


Goretti Faria, MSW, RCSW, CCC

Goretti is a Registered Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Fort Langley, BC.  After beginning her AEDP studies in 2014 Goretti has experienced the personal and professional transformative power of the model.  She has been deeply appreciative of her clients’ trust in the safety and efficacy of the collaborative process which, simultaneously, has inspired her to be brave in accompanying her clients through the co-created and mutually transformative journey.  

In this presentation, Goretti will show a video taped session with a 35 year old woman with a long history of emotional neglect and deprivation who, consequently, struggles with shame, avoidance, and difficulty letting in love and care (receptive affective capacity).  Goretti will focus on the importance of the relational aspect of the model and the therapist’s use of self in managing anxiety and the co-engendering of secure attachment and positive valuation of the self.  She will review the various triangles used in AEDP to illustrate the synergistic interaction of emotions, attachment, and transformation both intra-psychically and inter-personally, as they appear in this piece of work.  She will invite group reflection, discussion, and access to transformance strivings in ourselves as we witness those of this courageous client.  

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Dr. Douglas Ozier

Dr. Douglas Ozier

Dr. Douglas Ozier is a registered psychologist who works in full time private practice in Vancouver. He has been studying AEDP since 2011 and finds that it offers him a rich therapeutic home.  In this salon Douglas will show video from a session with a 30-year-old male client who presents with issues of anxiety, interpersonal avoidance, and chronic procrastination. Douglas will briefly review the AEDP 4 state model.  He will then show portions of the session, inviting the group to offer responses and to collaboratively reflect on the client’s movement through the four states.