Getting to the Heart of Change

              Fostering Attachment Security Through AEDP:
              Within and Beyond the Therapy Relationship  


"I feel inspired by Richard's skillful and sophisticated blending of teaching, case material, and experiential exercise, demonstrating and bringing to life key AEDP concepts. The 'learner in me' feels anchored by his solid and orienting organizational framework, and gratitude for the learning path he provided.” — Registered Psychologist, Vancouver, BC

A Two Day workshop
September 26th & 27th, 2019

9am - 5pm (Both days)

The Holiday Inn ~ 5th Floor Cypress Room
 711 West Broadway

Vancouver, BC          

Are you seeking to help your clients come into deeper and more authentic connection with self and others? 
This workshop features extensive use of video from actual therapy sessions. We will view excerpts that span the course of treatment with clients who present with various attachment strategies, and track their change processes over time. Richard will teach and demonstrate specific interventions that help clients relinquish anxious and avoidant strategies and revise inner working models.

Participants will learn and practice effective skills to deepen the therapy bond and facilitate new experiences of emotion in connection. Together, we will explore powerful AEDP change mechanisms that foster a sense of felt security that clients take with them into their lives!

The workshop is well suited to therapists who are new to AEDP as well as people more experienced in the model who want to further enrich and refine their practice.

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Learning Goals and Objectives
 Upon completing this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Recognize and understand anxious
   and avoidant attachment strategies; 
   and respond to these in ways that 
   foster earned security.

- Leverage the healing potential of
   the therapeutic relationship 
   through explicit relational 

- Facilitate and deepen emotional 

- Use judicious self-disclosure to 
   co-regulate anxiety, detoxify 
   shame, and enhance corrective 
   emotional experiences.

- Expand, enrich, and consolidate 
   moments of change for the better 
   through meta-therapeutic 
   processing, thereby augmenting 
   positive neuroplasticity.
The workshop incorporates:

- Engaging lecture and interactive

- Video examples of AEDP therapy 
    sessions with clients with different 
    attachment presentations.

- Small group experiential activities

 About AEDP:
(Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) 

AEDP is an experiential therapy that harnesses the power of emotion and attachment to foster growth and catalyze change. This integrative treatment model translates research findings from attachment science, developmental studies, interpersonal neurobiology, and emotion theory into practical clinical interventions.

AEDP is particularly helpful to therapists who want to slow down, expand, and deepen emotional experience and facilitate healing through connection.

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Richard Harrison,  Ph.D
           Registered Psychologist (#1855)
          Certified AEDP Therapist & Supervisor 
          Certified EFT Therapist & Supervisor

About Richard

Richard Harrison is a Registered Psychologist with over 20 years of experience as a clinician, educator, and group facilitator. He was trained and supervised in AEDP by Dr. Diana Fosha, founder of the model, and he has taught with her at international trainings. Richard is known for his warmth, clarity, and engaging style as a presenter. He teaches and supervises graduate students in Counselling Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and maintains a full clinical caseload with individuals and couples at the Vancouver Couple & Family Institute. He has authored publications on psychotherapy, therapist self-care, and supervision in professional journals. Richard genuinely delights in helping people grow and thrive in their personal and professional lives.

More testimonials about Richard's workshops from previous participants:

  • “The material really came alive! I appreciated the level of sophistication. Richard responded to people’s questions and comments as caring and conscientiously as he responds to his clients. Very inspiring.”  

  • “Richard’s clear and engaging manner of presenting and his authenticity were strengths in the workshop. The information was broken down into understandable and digestible pieces. The handouts are very helpful. I really appreciate Richard’s expression and sharing of his emotions and experience. Such a fantastic workshop!

  • “Richard is delightful. The video clips and experiential aspects of the workshop were so incredibly helpful.”  

  • “Thank you so much for your authenticity; it empowers me to lean into my authentic self in the counselling room.”  

Please note: In order to protect client confidentiality, registration for this workshop 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.

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Falling in Love with State One:

For clinicians who would like to broaden their AEDP practice by increasing their comprehension of state 1 in the four-state transformational model.

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Workshop Description:

State 1 in the four-state transformational model of AEDP constitutes both the red light phenomena of defenses and emotion-inhibiting affects such as anxiety, shame and guilt, as well as the green light signals of transformance drive (e.g., resilience, motivation to heal). States 2, 3 and 4 embody softening of defenses to allow for the processing to completion of core affective experiences, successive rounds of metaprocessing and the emergence of core state (i.e., new understandings and truths about the self).

Inevitably, we want to accompany our clients passed the murkiness of defense-laden state 1 experiences to the break- through healing phenomena of subsequent states. Within this trajectory, state 1 often gets a bad rap. Clinicians feel disheartened, stymied, if much of their ongoing sessions with clients remain in state 1. In this context, we may question our self-efficacy as psychotherapists and approach sessions with ambivalence, anxiety or self-doubt. We sometimes experience a lack of accomplishment or a sense of personal failure when we remain, time and time again, in the muddled waters of state 1.

Through both didactic discourse as well as through the presentation of video recordings of sessions, this workshop will help clinicians to:

  • dispel some of the myths about state 1

  • appreciate and grasp the profundity of this first transformational state

  • embrace the intricacies, nuances and richness of state 1

  • work more effectively in state 1 by broadening one’s skill set and developing more tools

In this workshop, I share my personal journey of falling in love with state 1 and invite you to do so as well.

Presenter Bio: Dr. Maria Angelina, RCC. I am a clinical counselor working both in post-secondary and in private practice in Vancouver, B.C. I have over 15 years counseling experience and am a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor. My foray into the AEDP world started with my doctoral research which aimed to better understand the attachment processes within psychotherapy. Like many, I immediately found and continue to "find home” in AEDP as my therapeutic orientation. Within this modality, I have felt a deepening, a honing of skills, a grounding into self and other, a releasing into process, into relationship, a synchrony, all of which continue to feel infinitely meaningful and creative. I can say with certainty, I am in every way a better person, partner, parent, and psychotherapist because of AEDP. Since undertaking the immersion, I have completed Essential Skills 1 & 2, Core Training, and have assisted at multiple AEDP courses, workshops, and trainings. Additionally, I have presented my AEDP clinical work and research at several psychotherapy conferences. I look forward to connecting with participants in our growing Vancouver community.

Date & Time: November 16, 2019 from 9am-3pm

Prerequisite: AEDP Immersion (or equivalents such as AEDP individual or group supervision; Core training; Essential skills; or Advanced AEDP skill courses)

Cost: $100

Registration and location: Registration is limited to 20 participants. For registration and location details, please contact