TRANSFORMING TRAUMA through FIERCE LOVE: Using the AEDP Therapist's Bold, Embodied Presence


SueAnne Piliero, PhD

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Being an AEDP therapist requires not just learning the theory or the techniques, but also building the knowledge, awareness, and capacity within our SELFs to “be with” and “stay with,” the depth of emotional pain, shame, anger, grief, unbearable aloneness...

It requires a strong therapeutic presence; leading boldly, fiercely advocating and championing our patients in a verbally and affectively explicit way; finding and “gluing the glimmers” of light when your patients see and feel nothing but darkness within them.

It requires accompanying our patients on emotional journeys that we ourselves may never have been on (and perhaps avoiding because we, too, are afraid to touch that guarded space within us).

It requires that we tend not just to our patients’ affective and relational wounds, but also to our own.

It requires an openness to love and be loved by our patients, even in our authentic moments of doubt or ambivalence.

In short, being an AEDP therapist requires the courage to practice from the “inside out.” Not an easy task.

In this workshop, we will explore in-depth how to bring our SELFs more fully into the therapeutic relationship in order to enhance, deepen and accelerate the healing process.

Through lecture, videotape, and a live demo you will see, hear, and witness how the most powerful tool in our clinical toolkit is our own embodied presence.

In this workshop, which welcomes practitioners who are both new to and already familiar with AEDP, you will be able to:

• Practice your ability to be more present, engaged, and attuned in your work with patients

• Integrate the power of your whole Self, viscerally impacted by your patients’ histories and core affective  experiences, to guide your interventions

• Accelerate, enhance and complete the healing process by “leading” more and advocating more fiercely on behalf of your patients

• Sharpen your moment-to-moment tracking skills focusing on words, affect, and the body

Including a live demonstration of therapy



SueAnne Piliero, Ph.D, has been working with Dr. Diana Fosha, the founder of AEDP, for nearly 20 years. She is senior faculty and a founding member of the AEDP Institute. Dr. Piliero travels nationally and internationally to teach AEDP to a broad range of clinical audiences. She has given seminars and experiential workshops to various universities and health organizations nationwide. She is a lead trainer and a well sought after individual and small group consultant for clinicians around the world.

She is known for her warm, open, engaging teaching style and her ability to communicate complex topics with humor and clarity. Her clinical work, which you will see via videotape of actual sessions, powerfully demonstrates how even the most traumatized patients can be transformed.

Dr. Piliero received her doctorate from Adelphi University, and her master’s degree in human development and psychology from Harvard. Her clinical interests and specialties are in trauma, PTSD, dissociation, and the ways in which the mind, body, spirit is powerfully poised to transform them.

In addition to AEDP, Dr. Piliero is trained in Somatic Experiencing. She teaches, supervises and is in private practice in New York City.

LOCATION:  Vancouver Public Library - 350 West Georgia, Vancouver, BC

FEE: $175




Please note: In order to protect client confidentiality, registration for this workshop is limited to practitioners 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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Mastery Class and Supervision Workshop

sunday, september 23, 2018 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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This workshop will allow for a more in-depth discussion about what therapeutic presence means and how to strengthen your ability to be more present, engaged, and make more explicit use of your own emotional experience in your work with patients.

We will also explore the ways in which your own “affect phobias” and discomfort with intense emotions, emotional closeness and self regard may be impacting your clinical work.

This is an advanced training for those who have attended the AEDP Immersion or Advanced Skills courses. The group is limited to 25 and there will be an opportunity for 3-5 participants to show tape of their work and receive thoughtful feedback from SueAnne Piliero.

Participants should bring video of work with patients in which they are struggling, feeling challenged, or stuck in some way. Equally welcome is videotape that shows work that you feel is flowing nicely and want to find ways to deepen the affective experience. A strong emphasis will be placed on creating safety within the group and especially for those who are presenting. 

LOCATION:  1055 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC


Note: If you are new to AEDP we recommend attending the following introductory workshop on the evening of September 21/18. You may also attend the evening on it's own. 

Healing Attachment Wounds: Introduction to Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) 

friday, september 21, 2018 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) engages clients in the process of healing from the first moment of therapy. AEDP focuses on somatic experience, emotion and the therapy relationship to melt defences, process emotion that is frozen and awaken innate healing energy. The speaker will present the four-state model of change and the very unique elements that AEDP brings that accelerate healing. Videotape of a therapy session will demonstrate how the therapist applies AEDP with a client to help him move from a distant and defended stance to softening and the release of emotion. You will leave this two-hour workshop with some practical and powerful skills for your work as a therapist. For more information on AEDP see




Dale Trimble received his M.A. in Humanistic Psychology from Antioch University in 1977.  When Dale first connected with AEDP in 2009 he knew that he had found his therapeutic home. Since then he has trained extensively in AEDP with Diana Fosha and Ben Lipton.  Dale travels throughout North America teaching as a senior faculty member with the AEDP Institute. In 1981 Dale co-founded the first court ordered treatment program for men who assault their partners in the province of British Columbia. He was the lead author of the Canadian syllabus for CP 602 – The Psychology of Trauma and Interpersonal Violence for City University of Seattle, Vancouver, BC campus, where Dale has taught and supervised graduate students. Known as a Canadian expert on working with men, Dale has travelled throughout Canada providing training for therapists on compassionate ways of helping men change. In 2003-04 Dale was the recipient of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, President’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Profession. Dale has a private practice in Vancouver, BC where he works with individuals and couples, focusing on resolution of early childhood trauma, anxiety, interpersonal violence and depression. His background includes extensive training in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy, EMDR and the clinical application of meditation and mindfulness practices to healing.

LOCATION: Vancouver Public Library, 350 W Georgia, Vancouver, BC

FEE:  $25


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


transforming trauma through fierce love: Using the AEDP therapist's bold, embodied presence

  • Early Bird Rate (Before Aug. 17, 2018):  $175
  • Student Rate:  $95
  • Full Rate (After Aug 17, 2018):  $195

Mastery Class: SOLD OUT

  • Full Rate:  $195

Healing Attachment Wounds: Intro to AEDP:  

  • Full Rate:  $25



All cancellations for any workshop, seminar, course, or salon must be submitted by email to this address. Non-attendance will not be grounds for any or partial refund or credit under any circumstances.  Exceptions to this will not be granted.

Refunds Options: 
14 business days or more prior to the event           →        Refund minus $25 admin fee
Less than 14 business days prior to the event         →        Credit minus a $25 admin fee
Less than one full business day prior to the event   →        No refund or credit  - no exceptions

If you are unable to attend, you may send a replacement. Replacements are subject to a $25 administration fee.  Please notify us of the name of the replacement 14 business days prior to the event, so we may update the check in list, name badge and certificate.  Within 14 days, please have your replacement fill out the replacement form and give it to the on-site coordinator upon check in. Replacements are not valid for partial attendance or seat sharing: i.e. should you be unable to
attend a portion of a multi-day event.  Please note, registration funds will not be refunded and the
replacement will not be charged.  All reimbursements for replacements will be the responsibility of the registrant.

Changing days of attendance:
All changes in registration (number of days attending, specific days of attendance) are subject to a $25.00 administration fee.

Seat sharing:
Seat sharing is not allowed under any circumstances. Multi-day discounts must be used by one participants only. Name badges will be verified during check in and check out. Registrants who are seat sharing will be asked to leave immediately, forfeiting their seat.


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