Our 'true self' emerges by fully experiencing and processing our emotions in the presence of a 'true other'.
Adapted from the writings of Diana Fosha, Ph.D.
Who are we?
We are a group of UK counsellors and psychotherapists trained in AEDP. We are here to:
promote the learning and practice of AEDP with clinicians
connect AEDP therapists with their learning community
raise awareness of the benefits of this contemporary psychotherapeutic model
help people get in touch with AEDP therapists.
What is AEDP?
AEDP (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy) privileges healing and growth 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. Right from the start, 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 recognise 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.