AEDP™ Institute-Sponsored Seminar Presenters and Immersion/ES1 Guest Presenters
Please note that Faculty members who present Institute-sponsored seminars or who guest present in Certification Courses are not included on this page. Find them on our faculty page here.
Institute-sponsored Seminar Presenters, Copresenters and Guest Presenters offer the AEDP community excellent teaching of both AEDP and AEDP-related topics that are not otherwise included in our core Faculty offerings.
Immersion Guest Presenters are invited to teach in this foundational course that is most therapists’ first deep experience of AEDP. In the course these presenters introduce important perspectives as they demonstrate their clinical acumen, all while enlivening every Immersion course in which they participate.
Here are brief biographies of each of these valued presenters, along with the name and date of their most recent (or upcoming) presentation.
Seminar Presenters and Immersion/ES1 Guest Presenters
Isis Bey, LCSW, CCTP II
Isis Bey, LCSW, CCTP II, is the founder and owner of Harmony Health Therapeutic Services and an Adjunct Professor with multiple Universities. Ms. Bey is also an NC Supervisor for Clinical Social Workers. She is a trainer and consultant. Ms. Bey completed her Graduate education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has over 25 years’ experience working with children and families and training. She is Nationally Certified as an Advanced Level Complex Trauma Clinician, Gang Specialist, Triple P Parent Provider.
Her training/consulting experience includes Advocacy, Ethics, Implicit Bias, Systematic Disparities, Anti-Racism, Group Therapy, Child Welfare, Parent Education, Criminal Justice, Gang Intervention, Human Trafficking, Domestic and Teen Dating Violence. Her experience in the clinical field includes but is not limited to Crisis Intervention, Assessment, Individual, Groups and Couples Counseling, and Trauma. She also has practice experience using Mindfulness, Somatic Experience, Spiritual Social Work, African Drumming and Dance as a therapeutic tool. (Read More…)
Nicky Cameron, LCSW
Nicky Cameron, LCSW
Nicky Cameron, LCSW, is a native of Jamaica. Driven by her unyielding determination to reduce suicide rates, normalize mental health hygiene, and mental health illness among youth, she founded Ideal Case Management Services, and Emergent Counseling & Consulting. Nicky is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has accumulated over two decade’s worth of experience serving in various capacities within the field of Behavioral Health.
Nicky is a Youth Mentor, and has been recognized in her community for mobilizing large youth groups to perform community service projects. She is a Behavioral Health Case Management Supervisor, a Motivational Speaker, and a Qualified Clinical Supervisor and Mentors other mental health clinicians.
Nicky embraces a spiritual path to healing, and believes in the body’s organic intelligence. She is trained in integrative body-based therapies such as: AEDP™, Somatic Experiencing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Brain-spotting, EMDR, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping).
Joshua DeSilva, PsyD, CGP
Joshua DeSilva, PsyD, CGP (they/them) guest presented in the AEDP Institute-sponsored seminar, “Wounds We Cannot See” in October, 2020 and currently serves on the AEDP Institute’s DBEI Committee. Joshua is a licensed psychologist in Virginia and DC. They identify as a nonbinary Latine person of queer experience. Their family immigrated from Venezuela and maintains strong ties to Latin America. Growing up in the Midwest as a first generation American and attending college and graduate school as a first generation student has powerfully impacted their sense of the importance (and difficulty) of empowering diverse groups to live and learn in spaces that have historically been oppressive and unwelcoming. Professionally, Dr. DeSilva (Josh) is the Associate Director and Director of Training at American University Counseling Center. Josh feels lucky to be a part of the future of psychology in this role. They were appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to serve as a Member of the Virginia Latino Advisory Board and currently serve as Vice Chair of the Board. (Read More…)
Malin Endredi is a certified AEDP Therapist and Supervisor. Her office is in Stockholm, Sweden and nowadays online too. Malin welcomes Swedish and English speaking clients and supervisees. Malin is a member of the AEDP Sweden Program Group and one of two hosts of the AEDP Salon Stockholm/Sweden. She was a copresenter in the institute-sponsored seminar, “Transformational Synergies in AEDP, Spirituality and Psychedelics” in July, 2022.
Malin started her professional life as a clinical psychologist working with distressed parents and their dysregulated babies to help create secure attachment. After 17 years she took a Swedish attachment, relational and emotion focused psychotherapist training. That’s where Malin, through an APA video, first encountered Diana’s ways of working and AEDP and it all clicked.
She became devoted and crossed the Atlantic many times to attend trainings and assisting internationally (Read More…)
Richard Harrison, PhD
Richard Harrison, PHD is a faculty member of AEDP™ Institute and a Registered Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience as a clinician, educator, and group facilitator.
He was trained and supervised in AEDP by Diana Fosha, founder of the model, and has taught with her at AEDP Immersion Courses in Vancouver and the UK. He currently teaches Essential Skills courses and Workshops for the Institute. Richard is also a
Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor. He maintains a full caseload with individuals and couples in private practice, and teaches and supervises graduate students in the Counseling Psychology and Psychiatry departments at the University of British
Columbia. (Read More…)
Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW
Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW, is author of the international award-winning book, It’s Not Always Depression: Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self (Random House). She received her B.A. in biochemistry from Wesleyan University and a DDS from Columbia University. The education at Columbia included neuroscience, which was so relevant in understanding why AEDP is effective.
Hilary received an MSW from Fordham University. She is a certified psychoanalyst and AEDP psychotherapist and supervisor. Hilary has published articles in The New York Times, TIME, NBC Think, and Oprah, and her blog is read worldwide.
Hilary has been involved in the AEDP community since 2004. She first heard Diana Fosha present at a conference on Affect Regulation in 2003. Other major influences were AEDP Faculty members Benjamin Lipton, LCSW, Eileen Russell, PhD, and Natasha Prenn, LCSW with whom she attended the 2004 AEDP Immersion Course. (Read More…)
Andrew Joseph, EdM, MA, MHC – LP
Andrew Joseph (guest presenter in Immersion, 2022) is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and Vancouver, BC. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Trinity Western University in Langley, BC, and an MA and EdM in psychological counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. While in graduate school, Andrew was introduced to AEDP by his colleague, Hillary McBride, who sent him Natasha Prenn’s 2009 paper “I second that emotion!” Andrew was captivated by this model of treatment that involved the therapist’s heart—which instantly felt congruent with Andrew’s Egyptian roots.
He then found himself in AEDP Senior Faculty member Gil Tunnell’s Marriage and Family class at Columbia University, where he learned more about AEDP. Andrew was eventually recruited (Read More…)
Deborah Lee-Thornby, MA
Deborah Lee-Thornby, MA, is a certified AEDP therapist and an AEDP supervisor in training. She has attended numerous AEDP trainings, and assisted at many Immersion, ES1 and ES2 and Core Training courses. As a founding member of the Portland Oregon AEDP Steering Committee she has hosted several AEDP faculty lead workshops in Portland. She was a copresenter in the Institute-sponsored seminar, “Transformational Synergies in AEDP, Spirituality and Psychedelics” in July, 2022.
Deb is in private practice in Portland. She works with couples and individuals, specializing in relationships and sexuality. As a certified yoga instructor she incorporates mindfulness, breath and movement into her work with patients. Deb has a master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from the Leadership Institute of Seattle where she learned to lead process groups and create experiential curriculum for adult learners.
Annika Medbo, Licensed Psychotherapist
Annika Medbo, is a faculty member of AEDP™ Institute, Licensed Psychotherapist, Licensed Physiotherapist, AEDP Certified Supervisor and teacher. She has a private practice in Stockholm. Annika´s clinical interests are in trauma and dissociation with a special interest in the use and development of non-verbal processes that can work to enhance and facilitate growth and healing. This interest started before AEDP when Annika was working in psychiatric clinics and striving to meet her patients “beyond diagnosis”, listen to the nonverbal “calls” for connection, rather than focusing on defences and pathology. Her interest for nonverbal processes expanded when she supervised psychotherapy students in Infant Observation at a major Psychotherapy Institute in Stockholm.
Dina Miqdadi, DPsych
Dina Miqdadi, is a chartered counseling psychologist and a certified AEDP therapist.
She grew up in Jordan and has lived and trained in the US (2 years) and the UK (6 years). She is
now settled in the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
Dina has trained in an NHS clinic and the Place2Be in the UK, worked/volunteered with various NGOs and INGOs with Arabic speaking refugees in several countries, and has worked with private clinics and a psychiatric hospital in Jordan. She currently has her private practice and volunteers to run AEDP oriented groups for Arabic speaking refugees in Cyprus with a grassroots NGO named “together”.
Della Mosley, PhD
Della Mosley, PhD is the President of the non-profit The WELLS Healing Center (formerly the University of Florida based WELLS Healing and Research Collective). She co-founded Academics for Black Survival and Wellness (#Academics4BlackLives) with Pearis Bellamy and is the co-founder (with David Oh) of the Radical Healing Collaborative Group Practice. Della is also a proud member of the Psychology of Radical Healing Collective, and an American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellow.
In Dr. Mosley’s words, “I intentionally use my education and training in counseling, skills and experience conducting culturally mindful and award-winning research, history counseling Black youth and queer and transgender People of Color, experience organizing and (Read More…)
Peter Muhwati, CSW
Peter Muhwati, CSW, is a Clinical Social Worker from Zimbabwe living in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He uses attachment-based, experiential approaches to therapy with individuals and couples. His clinical experience also includes work within palliative care in Zimbabwe.
Peter hopes one day to be Certified in the AEDP model. He completed his higher education at Penn State University and Royal Holloway, University of London.
Following his undergraduate degree, he entered the religious life of the Franciscan Friars. He is still guided by Franciscan Spirituality. Peter is married with two children.
Sonya Parker, LCSW, RYT-200
Sonya Parker, LCSW, RYT-200, is a member of the AEDP Vision Collective and Lead Chair of the Racialized Trauma and Spirituality in AEDP Vision Collective Exploratory Group. Sonya was a copresenter in the institute-sponsored seminar, “Transformational Synergies in AEDP, Spirituality and Psychedelics” in July, 2022.
As a licensed therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher, Sonya uses a holistic approach to therapy grounded in attachment, relational, emotion and somatic-mindfulness modalities. Sonya has provided both individual and couples therapy in her career. She is currently researching constructs to expand the AEDP model to integrate spirituality as part of the transformational AEDP process of healing and mitigation of racialized trauma and oppression experienced by people of African ancestry and BIPOC communities in the United States.
Yuko Parris, LMHC
Yuko Parris, LMHC is a New York State licensed psychotherapist, a certified AEDP therapist, and an AEDP supervisor-in-training. Yuko was introduced to AEDP in 2017 and has since been dedicated to developing her proficiency in AEDP therapy. She has supported many AEDP trainings as a lead and experiential assistant. Certified in AEDP in 2021, she is currently a Supervisor in Training, and teaches AEDP both in United States and in Japan.
Gabriela Pessoa-Mendes, BA
Gabriela Pessoa-Mendes, BA is an AEDP Certified Therapist. Gabriela has been working with attachment trauma through the lens of AEDP since 2010. Relational and experiential work are key in Gabriela’s sessions – which also integrates Somatic Experiencing training by Peter Levine and mindfulness.
Gabriela works as a mindfulness trainer as well, certified by MTI – Mindfulness Trainings International. Both of her practices as a mindfulness teacher and as an AEDP therapist are more than just work, they are an authentic and meaningful way of living and being in life.
Kelly Prothero, LCSW
Kelly Prothero, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Portland, Oregon. After earning her graduate degree from Smith College School for Social Work, Kelly worked in community mental health settings in New York City.
After moving to the West Coast in 2011, Kelly was introduced to AEDP and became quickly drawn to the healing potential of the AEDP model. Kelly went on to become a Certified AEDP Therapist and Supervisor under the mentorship and supervision of SueAnne Piliero, Jenna Osiason, Karen Pando-Mars and Jerry Lamagna.
Kelly has assisted in numerous Essential Skills and Core Training courses throughout the country. She has been instrumental in forming and developing Portland AEDP, a group committed to the development and growth of AEDP in Portland and surrounding areas. In addition to her clinical practice, Kelly brings over 20 years of yoga experience to her work. She is a certified yoga teacher and studied Yoga Nidra meditation extensively with psychologist, Dr. Richard Miller. It was her background in yoga that opened Kelly to the experiential and transformational healing aspects of AEDP.
Kelly brings warmth, humor and authenticity to her work as both an AEDP Therapist and Supervisor. Her clinical interests include treating trauma and dissociation and using “intra-relational” and bold relational clinical methods to facilitate transformational
Heloise (Lois) Ridley, LPC
Heloise (Lois) Ridley, LPC is an AEDP Level 1 Therapist; she is an active member of the AEDP Vision Collective and she was a copresenter in the Institute-sponsored seminar, “Transformational Synergies in AEDP, Spirituality and Psychedelics” in July, 2022. Lois is founder of New Hope Counseling and Wellness in Pennsylvania where she supports families and individuals in their journey toward healing relational attachment trauma.
She also counsels at Wilkes University Counseling Center. Lois explores use of the AEDP model in support of clients who have experienced racialized and other forms of childhood trauma. As a doctoral candidate at Wilkes University, she researches the utilization of culturally responsive trauma informed care in higher education settings for students of color. Lois is also investigating the intersectionality of psychology and faith.
Idit Ronen-Setter, MFT
Idit Ronen-Setter, MFT is a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor, working in Israel. Idit has received her MA and Family Therapy Certification from Tel Aviv University and has practiced therapy with individuals, couples and families, in Aluma Therapy Center and private practice, since 2006. She completed the certified studies of treatment of stress and trauma, at The Trauma Center (Boston, MA), directed by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk (2013-2014).
Nowadays, Idit is teaching family therapy and AEDP through the Ministry of Social Services, and through the Israeli Association of Couples and Family Therapy. Since June 2018, Idit has been appointed the formal AEDP liaison for the Israeli community. In addition, since 2015 she is supervising a medical forum for couples (Read More…)
As a member of the AEDP DBEI committee, James Santos provides a passion and presence to promote diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion. James Santos has worked in many multicultural settings in downtown Lousiville, KY, and led trips internationally where he provided pastoral care and education, helping groups navigate new cultural and spiritual experiences.
James’s areas of competency and experience include being a practitioner, educator, and facilitator of diversity and inclusion in various contexts. In addition to his private practice work at Cornerstone Care, James serves as a corporate chaplain and life coach (Read More…)
Judy Silberstein, LCSW
Judy Silberstein, LCSW has been an experiential therapist for over 30 years and has a private practice in NYC. She has been in small group/individual supervision with Diana Fosha & Natasha Prenn and has assisted in Immersion, Essential Skills (ES1 & ES2). She is the co-chair of AEDP Metro NYC – a salon style learning community dedicated to nurturing and growing AEDP in the metropolitan area.
With her roots in somatic therapy, Judy specializes in using the intersubjective field and AEDP–IR to help process and heal traumatized clients and their parts. (Read More…)
Judy Silvan, LICSW (MA), LCSW
Judy Silvan, LICSW (MA), LCSW, she/her is an early AEDP enthusiast and joined her first AEDP Supervision Group in 2008. Judy is Certified in AEDP supervision & therapy, as well as Bioenergetic Analysis and Mindfulness in Psychotherapy. She has volunteered as an Experiential Assistant in un-countable AEDP training programs, and has seen approximately ten patients in the AEDP Research Project. Her passion for practicing, supervising and teaching AEDP runs deep; she recently taught a five week AEDP seminar series to Harvard Medical School Psychiatry, Psychology and Social Work Interns, and another workshop to a group of twelve AEDP trainees from many countries in Africa.
Other passions include: Exploring new cultures, the arts, creativity, parenting, friends, family and outdoor activity. The emergence of new ways of looking at gender, anti-racism, neurodiversity, family composition, and other under-celebrated human contingencies build her activist value base.
Jessica Slatus, LCSW
Jessica Slatus, LCSW is a Certified AEDP Therapist and Supervisor in Colorado. She is an integral part of the AEDP Rocky Mountains community and has presented locally on a number of topics within AEDP, including the AEDP therapist stance, working with anxiety and defenses, building receptive affective capacity, and metaprocessing. More recently, she has focused on writing and teaching about working with eating disorders using AEDP, and has authored two publications on the topic: an article in Transformance, the AEDP journal, and a book chapter co-authored with Natasha Prenn in the book Trauma-Informed Approaches to Eating Disorders.Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College, her Masters in Social Work from New York University, and her post-graduate training in eating disorders at the Center for the Study of Anorexia & Bulimia (CSAB). Jessica was a participant in the inaugural AEDP Essential Skills course in 2010 and has not looked back since! (Read More…)
Kaori Stram, LMHC
Kaori Stram, LMHC is a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor. She is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in New York. Her AEDP journey started in 2014 when she was first introduced to the work of Yuko Hanakawa and attracted to its warm heart-to-heart connection between a therapist and a client. She has assisted many courses in-person and online as an experiential assistant and lead assistant. Since 2021, she has presented at Immersion and ES1 courses as well as trained Japanese therapists in Japan.
Kaori is also participating in an AEDP 16-session research project as a treating therapist.
Her passion is to help spread AEDP to Japan where she originally comes from and has been actively involved in the AEDP Japanese community.
Alana Tappin, CPsych
Alana Tappin, CPsych is a licensed clinical psychologist, and the owner/operator of a private psychology clinic that specializes in psychological support for marginalized and racialized people. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she conducts psychological assessments, treatment and consultation to children, teens and adults. Dr. Tappin also provides supervision and training to students, pre-licensed and licensed mental health therapists. She has long had an interest in the psychological impact of racism and offers trainings on whiteness, shame and racism, and offers anti-oppression and anti-racism training to community organizations, universities, and private businesses. Dr. Tappin earned her doctorate degree from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus in 2012, (Read More…)
Jason Trowbridge, MA, MFT
Jason Trowbridge, MA, MFT is an AEDP Certified Therapist. Jason’s work has been based in attachment theory since 2007 when he began studying Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples treatment. About ten years later, he began formally learning AEDP. Jason specializes in Intra-Relational AEDP and avidly studies dissociative phenomena and different modalities for working with parts of self. He has been involved in AEDP research and assists at AEDP training events. Increasingly, he has been focused on the interface between AEDP and spiritual/religious practice.
Martina Verba, LCSW, DSW
Martina Verba, LCSW, DSW is a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor in private practice in Westchester County, NY. She fell in love with AEDP when she took Diana’s Immersion course in 2008. She has both assisted and lead-assisted for Immersion and Essential Skills, as well as presented at Immersion. She has extensive experience working with patients with eating disorders and has developed a practice that integrates eating disorder treatment and AEDP. She is on the faculty of the Integrative Trauma Treatment Program at the National Institute of Psychotherapies.
Prior to finding AEDP, Martina worked as an eating disorder specialist at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, a staff therapist at Harvard University’s mental health service, an adjunct professor at Simmons College, and the Director of Counseling at a program for at-risk youth in Boston. (Read More…)
H. Jacquie Ye-Perman, PhD
H. Jacquie Ye-Perman, PhD is an AEDP Certified Supervisor and Therapist, and a licensed psychologist in private practice in Iowa, U.S. I provide online individual and group supervision in the U.S., China, and internationally. I also travel to China to teach AEDP courses, and I assist in AEDP courses in the U.S. and Canada. I am enthusiastic about the topic of cross-cultural applicability of AEDP and have written and presented on this topic with Diana Fosha at the SEPI 2019 conference.
I grew up in China and moved to Canada in 2001, to study psychology, and to look for an answer to my life. Encountering Diana Fosha and AEDP marked the end of my wandering, and the beginning of my path of clarity, determination, and joy, incidentally in both professional and personal life. I find it invigorating to be living amongst my fellow AEDP-ers, (Read More…)