Maria Angelina, PhD
I am a clinical counselor with over 15 years counseling experience and am a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor. I work both in post-secondary and in private practice in Vancouver, B.C. 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.
True to the nature of AEDP, I have been accompanied and transformed on this journey by a community of AEDPers, both colleagues and faculty, locally and internationally; who have walked alongside me, teaching, guiding, listening, gathering, holding space, being with and staying the course. Without a doubt, my personal, spiritual, and intellectual world has expanded exponentially and I can say with certainty, I am in every way a better person, partner, parent, and psychotherapist because of AEDP. For all of this, I feel immense and heartfelt gratitude.
Since undertaking the immersion in AEDP several years ago, I have completed Essential Skills 1, Advanced Skills, Core Training, and have had been honored to assist at multiple AEDP courses, workshops, and trainings. Additionally, I have presented my AEDP clinical work and research at several psychotherapy conferences. I embrace the role of AEDP supervisor with desire, exuberance, gratitude, and humility; rooted in the knowledge that this intricate and nuanced undertaking will be forever one of continual growth, expansion, learning and connection.
Sigal Bahat, MA
In private practice in Israel. Supervises AEDP in Israel and internationally (via the user friendly ZOOM App). She started as a Dance Movement Therapist (’91), followed by trainings both as an Expressive & Creative psychotherapist and as a Bio-energetic Analyst CBA. She is also certified, with many years of experience as a teacher of somatic-mindfulness approaches: The Alexander Technique, The Feldenkrais Method and Authentic Movement.
Meeting AEDP and Dr. Diana Fosha integrated a decades-long quest regarding the intra-intimate-connection between psyche & soma: "At last I met a model that made sense to me in the deepest manner, both theoretically and clinically. Profound excitement and deep peace emerged - I experienced a precise Click with the AEDP model and felt naturally and organically right and professionally at home.”
Her AEDP journey included assisting in AEDP training courses (Immersion courses, ES1s and ES2s - in Israel, US east and west coasts, Vancouver and London). She participated as an active clinician in the AEDP international research study, and was recently invited to contribute by supervising clinicians in the study. She presented at the Israeli Immersion 2016. At the London Immersion 2018 and in ES2 in Denver she presented her integration/elaboration of The Somatic Gateway in AEDP. She is very interested in continuing to develop and teach this work to therapists.
On supervising AEDP: “I feel committed to undoing aloneness of AEDP therapists. I deeply enjoy helping to enhance integrating clinical practice, experiential skills and theory and helping AEDP therapists to relax and ground into their own embodied presence as therapists. I love witnessing the phenomena of how, out of therapists' own fresh clinical experiences as we explore and learn together, this trust in the process of change and healing emerges deepens and grows. It's a profoundly moving experience for me to witness.”
Timothy J. Beyer, PhD
Timothy J. Beyer, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, trainer, and consultant. Co-founder of the Center for Courageous Living in Beverly Hills, California, he has been training in and practicing AEDP for many years. With a firm belief in the power of relationships to heal, Dr. Beyer works collaboratively with clients and trainees to achieve profound and lasting results. Dr. Beyer earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota, and an MA and PhD in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Beyer works in the Quality Improvement Division of the County of Los Angeles, Department of Mental Health. He has many years of experience working in university and business settings providing consultation, supervision and training as well as therapy and psychological assessment. Currently, he conducts an ongoing AEDP training group in Minneapolis. Originally from Minnesota, Dr. Beyer now resides in West Hollywood, California with his husband and two terriers.
Marc Cecil, PhD
Marc Cecil, PhD is a Licensed Psychologist with over 35 years of experience in a variety of clinical and community settings, currently in private practice in Rutland, Vermont. Marc has immersed himself in AEDP since 2012 and has done extensive training and supervision with SueAnne Piliero, having assisted for her many times in Essential Skills, recently as a Lead Assistant. He has also been privileged to work with Ron Frederick over the years in group and individual supervision.
Marc has a special interest in integrating his use of AEDP with other experiential therapies, especially ego state/parts work and EMDR. He enjoys sharing his clinical work and videos with other therapists learning this approach, bringing the work to life through a story of transformation and healing, not only of his patients, but also himself and others impacted by the process. Marc also has a passion for writing about his own AEDP experience and journey, and has a paper on therapeutic presence accepted in the AEDP Transformance Journal.
The major focus of Marc’s supervision is on helping his supervisees integrate themselves into the therapy process and developing therapeutic presence. He creates a safe container where they can take in his gentle holding, and in turn, can transfer this holding to themselves and their patients. In the process, they internalize the essence of AEDP, finding the healing capacity and humanness within all of us, while at the same time, cultivating their unique healing gifts and style of doing this work, becoming, as he likes to say, “the therapists we are meant to be.”
Victoria Cheung, MM
Victoria Cheung, MM, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Toronto. She is trained in AEDP with Danny Yeung and has been assisting in training and supervision of Hong Kong colleagues since 2005. She received her certification in AEDP in 2010. Ms. Cheung is the co-author with Senior Faculty Member, Danny Yeung of The Rainbow After: Psychological Trauma and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, and the lead author of Portrait of the Soul, a work that deeply resonates with AEDP. She has written in Chinese, produced and directed sixteen educational DVDs and CDs that are instrumental to the learning and the growth of the AEDP community in Hong Kong.
Cammy Suk Ying Cheung, RSW
Cammy Suk Ying Cheung, RSW, received her undergraduate and masters training in Social Work at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Edinburgh, respectively. She is a registered social worker (RSW) and a certified supervisor (HKPCA) in Hong Kong. Currently, Ms. Cheung is a supervisor for school social workers in secondary school settings in a voluntary agency and an exco-member, counselor and group facilitator for the Dance With Depression Association, working with patients with depression and anxiety. Ms. Cheung specializes in treating adolescents and their families who are dealing with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, mental illness, child abuse, suicide and family violence. She has conducted trainings in counseling and therapy in social work both in Hong Kong and China. Ms. Cheung has been in AEDP supervision and training with Danny Yeung, MD since 2006. In addition to AEDP, Ms. Cheung uses a combination of the Satir Model, Structural Family Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Emotion-Focused Couple's Therapy, EMDR and Somatic Experiencing. She has taught at universities in Hong Kong, Australia and China, including City University of Hong Kong, Polytechnic University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Monash University (Australia) and Sun-Yat Sang University (China). Ms. Cheung has been providing AEDP peer supervision for junior AEDP supervisees since 2009. In addition, she conducted workshops on AEDP for social workers and counselors from foster care services, school social workers and counseling services for the past two years in Hong Kong and China. She published more than 30 papers for international conferences, journals, book chapters and newsletters, as well as articles about the application of AEDP for working with clients with depression. As a therapist at the AEDP clinic for the Mental Health Association, Ms. Cheung has worked on integrating relational, intra-psychic and experiential elements into her clinical practice and developing and translating AEDP materials for the Chinese community.
Molly Eldridge, MSW, LICSW
Molly Eldridge, has been in private psychotherapy practice in Cape Cod, Massachusetts for over 25 years. As a certified AEDP supervisor, she offers individual supervision, both in person and online. She also runs several AEDP supervision groups - one, now in its third year, on Cape Cod and two others in the Boston area. She loves creating a safe environment and helping other therapists learn and grow their AEDP skills. As past assistant director of the Cape Cod Institute and current advisor, it was there, upon first hearing Diana Fosha in 2009, that she recognized that AEDP was her therapeutic “home”. Molly appreciates that AEDP makes something happen right away in sessions and provides a cogent theory with such heart. She will be presenting at the upcoming New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation Friday series and teaching Nuts and Bolts of AEDP with Natasha Prenn at the Cape Cod Institute. She has assisted at the Immersion Course with Diana Fosha; and in many Essential Skills courses with SueAnne Piliero and Natasha Prenn. She is on the AEDP Institute Diversity Committee and serves on the AEDP New England Planning Board. She is continually excited to share AEDP and learn together (always!).
Eileen A Epstein PhD, LCSW, MFT
Eileen A Epstein PhD, LCSW is a Certified AEDP Therapist & Supervisor with a private practice in Monroe Twp. NJ. She is also a Certified EFT Therapist since 2010 and a Clinical Member of AAMFT since 1987. She enjoys sharing her ever-widening expertise in teaching theory and practice to supervisees at all levels of AEDP training - both individually and group - in person and via the Zoom format. She served as the Coordinator of AEDP MidAtlantic for four years before passing her role on to the Steering Committee for AEDP MetroDC.
Eileen is grateful for the excellent guidance and/or supervision she has received from Diana Fosha; SueAnne Piliero; Eileen Russell; Ron Frederick; and Karen Pando-Mars. She has assisted in Essential Skills and Immersion Courses. She has served on the Regional Development Committee - and has participated in the AEDP Research Outcome Study.
Eileen has been a Clinical Social Worker since 1983 and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist since 1987. She received her Certification in Psychoanalysis in 2002 and holds a BCD-P from the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. She holds a license in Clinical Social Work in NY, NJ, and MD. She is a Clinical Member of AAMFT. She is an alumnus of Hunter College BA 1970 (Communication Arts); Montclair State College MA 1981(Educational Psychology Specialization in Human Sexuality); Rutgers University MSW 1983 (Casework); New York University PhD 1992 (Clinical Social Work)
Lastly, she has recently moved back to land in NJ after living in Baltimore's Inner Harbor on her 43' Albin Trawler "Happy Together 2". She lived aboard for 22 years. She's open for business along with her compassionate dog, Skipper, a rescued Miniature Poodle Mix.
Donna Fraser, LMFT
Donna Fraser, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Francisco since 1997. She is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies where she received her Master's degree in Drama Therapy. Ms. Fraser comes to AEDP with a background in social work, somatics and experiential therapies. She is a founding member of AEDP West in the San Francisco Bay Area and received certification as an AEDP therapist in January 2008. She was a member of the first AEDP Core Training taught on the west coast by Dr. Ron Frederick. She feels honored to have received extensive training and consultation in AEDP from Ron Frederick, PhD; Diana Fosha, PhD; and Benjamin Lipton, LCSW. Ms. Fraser's drive to understand how change happens, and specifically, how we can help clients mobilize toward health and healing, led her to AEDP. She feels grateful to be practicing psychotherapy at a time when it is informed by so many contributions from other fields – attachment theory, neuroscience, somatics, emotion theory and mindfulness - making our practice of psychotherapy more effective, a powerful tool for change, and an art that is a pleasure to practice. In addition to her work with individuals, Ms. Fraser also works with couples from an attachment-based, emotion-focused perspective. She has trained extensively in EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples) and PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy).
Matt Fried, MA, Ph.D., MFA
Matt Fried, MA, Ph.D., MFA has been a psychotherapist for over four decades in NYC. Matt is in private practice in Manhattan, working with individuals, couples and groups. He's a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor. Matt is co-chair of the AEDP MetroNYC Community and co-chair of the AEDP Diversity Initiative, he derives great satisfaction helping therapists put AEDP into practice and helping them actualize their unique therapeutic capacities.
Matt has presented and taught AEDP in various training settings including the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, the AEDP Diversity Supervision Group, the AEDP communtieis in Ithaca, NY & Minneapolis, MN, and has assisted in various AEDP Institute Training courses including the AEDP Immersion and AEDP Essential Skills courses.
Matt is also a certified PBSP supervisor and trainer, and have been certified as a Feldenkrais Practitioner and in NLP. Matt also coordinated the Psych Resources Team for the 2017 & 2018 Women’s March on NYC. His article: “Signs of Transformance From the Asylum,” appears in the latest issue of the journal Transformance.
Kate Halliday, LCSW
Over the course of a long career, Kate has been influenced and enlivened by a wide variety of experiences and teachers. She began her career as a nursery school and elementary school teacher, and went on to train as a clinical social worker. A writer and a pragmatist, she was initially drawn to Solution Oriented and Narrative therapy. A longing to feel more effective in treating trauma led her to train in EMDR in 2000, and in 2009 she began learning AEDP. Like many of us in the AEDP community, Kate fell in love with the model from the first moment she saw Diana Fosha present a videotape; and in the years since, Kate has enjoyed every moment of AEDP-related experience.
After several years of assisting in Essential Skills courses, Kate recognized that her longing for more ongoing lived experience of AEDP might be realized by generating an AEDP community where she lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Kate began offering AEDP training groups to local clinicians there in April, 2015, and is delighted that the project has taken wings. There are now ongoing groups studying and being supervised in AEDP with her. Many of these clinicians attend Institute trainings elsewhere, and some are now Experiential Assistants in Essential Skills classes. Kate’s original commitment was to make AEDP accessible and affordable to clinicians in her local region which is far removed from a large urban center; this remains a primary interest for her as she considers how AEDP may be promoted around the world.
Kate’s clinical work, evolving from early training in Developmental Psychology and subsequent professional experiences, has focused on Trauma, Dissociation, and their repair. She has always had a commitment to serving her own GLBT community, and for the past decade or more she has had something of a speciality in work with transgender people. She is also re-discovering a passion for time limited treatment as she participates in the AEDP Research project.
Kate currently supervises both in her office and over Zoom. She's been pleased to discover that the process of remote meeting turns out to offer most if not all of the emotional intimacy and efficacy of in person sessions. Especially for those of us in far-flung locations, online supervision and even therapy offer opportunities for personal and professional growth (and delight!).
Richard Harrison, PhD
Richard Harrison, is a Registered Psychologist and Certified AEDP Therapist and Supervisor with over 20 years’ experience as a clinician, educator, and group facilitator. He was trained and supervised in AEDP by Diana Fosha and was honored to be invited to teach alongside her at AEDP Immersion Courses in Vancouver and London, England. Richard is also a Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor. He maintains a full clinical caseload with individuals and couples at the Vancouver Couple & Family Institute and teaches and supervises graduate students in the Counselling Psychology and Psychiatry departments at the University of British Columbia. He enjoys leading workshops on AEDP, EFT, and The Self of the Therapist, and he has authored publications on psychotherapy, therapist self-care, and supervision in professional journals, including “Nurturing Professional Transformance through AEDP Supervision” in the Transformance Journal. As a supervisor and presenter, Richard is valued for his warmth, clarity, and depth of commitment. He genuinely delights in helping people grow and thrive in their personal and professional lives.
Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW
Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW, has been involved in the AEDP community since 2004. She first heard Diana present at a conference on Affect Regulation at Mount Sinai Hospital in 2003—and was truly inspired. Other major influences are Benjamin Lipton, Eileen Russell, and Natasha Prenn with whom she attended the 2004 AEDP Immersion Course. Dr. Hendel received her AEDP Certification in 2010. Also in 2004, she graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. She gradually built her practice and continued her education at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy where she earned a Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in 2008. Ms. Hendel has a background in the sciences, which began at the Bronx High School of Science. She majored in biochemistry at Wesleyan University and received a DDS from Columbia University. The education at Columbia included neuroscience, which has become so relevant in understanding why AEDP is so effective. She has also enjoyed being the Mental Health Consultant for the television series Mad Men.
Lia Jones, LMFT
Lia is a Certified AEDP Supervisor and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Denver, Colorado. She found her theoretical and heart home in AEDP when she attended the first Immersion course in 2003. After two years of core training with Diana Fosha and a year of multi faculty core training in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lia moved to Colorado where she founded the AEDP Rocky Mountain community which hosts AEDP workshops and 'lunch and learns' for the growing AEDP community in the Colorado region. She was supervised by Faculty Jenn Edlin and Anne Cooper for her AEDP Supervisor certification and works with Ron Frederick and Jenn Edlin as her on going consultants. She provides seminars on introductions to AEDP and organizes, and adjunct teaches and supervises at the Multi-Faculty Denver Core Trainings. Lia has assisted multiple times at ES courses nationally and internationally, has served as lead assistant to ES in NYC and LA and is currently working with the Institute on a community development project. Lia brings humor, compassion, and an embodied experience of AEDP to her work. She is passionate about introducing clinicians to AEDP, growing AEDP communities, and practicing, supervising and training from the AEDP model. Lia currently supervises in person and zoom groups and individuals in AEDP.
Robin Kerner, PhD
Robin Kerner, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been immersed in AEDP since 2005. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the City University of New York, where she was first exposed to Dr. Fosha and short-term dynamic psychotherapy. After following her for several years, Dr. Kerner began formal training with Dr. Fosha with the Immersion Course followed by three years of Core Training and individual supervision. She has been an active member of the AEDP community ever since. Dr. Kerner is also trained in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), Internal Family Systems (IFS) Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), and Motivation Interviewing (MI), all of which she integrates into her AEDP orientation. She hopes to accumulate even more acronyms in the coming years. Dr. Kerner is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. In these roles, Dr. Kerner teaches, trains, and supervises staff in AEDP and other short-term dynamic and emotion-based psychotherapies. Dr. Kerner also maintains a private practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where she provides private and group supervision in AEDP. She is often joined in her sessions by her certified therapy dog, Magic, who while not formally trained in AEDP, certainly embodies secure attachment and emotional attunement. Prior to her career in psychology, Dr. Kerner worked as a television producer and also provides technical consultation and video editing services to the AEDP community. That being said, like all of us, she has been known to review a disc of a great session only to find it silent, out of focus, or recorded with the camera turned off!
Miriam Marsolais, PhD
Miriam Marsolais, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and Jungian Analyst in Berkeley, California. She served as AEDP Faculty from 2014 until 2018, when she transitioned to her current role as AEDP Faculty Emerita & Supervisor. In addition to her private clinical practice, Dr. Marsolais provides supervision to therapists wishing to train in AEDP and the certified AEDP therapists on the Supervisor Certification track. She also hosts and leads retreat-style AEDP group supervision weekends in the beautiful natural setting of The Sea Ranch on the northern California coast.
As a young adult Dr. Marsolais performed as a violinist, was a nun and taught high school science and mathematics. Following a near-fatal burn injury, her life took a major turn and her passions were redirected towards the study of history, psychology and Eastern mind/body practices. Dr. Marsolais is inspired and challenged by AEDP’s dynamic, integrative clinical approach and is grateful to have found her professional home in the AEDP community. She is deeply engaged in extending AEDP practice into the domain of the sleeping self through relational andphenomenological work with dream experience. Through this work, she is exploring new pathways to healing from early relational trauma and PTSD. She is also exploring the resonances between AEDP and East-West mind/body practices, and how integration of these traditions with AEDP can enrich AEDP practice, training and supervision.
Annika Medbo, MA
Annika Medbo, is an AEDP Certified Supervisor and an active member of the AEDP Stockholm community. She is a licensed psychotherapist, a licensed physiotherapist, supervisor, and 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 one of the main Psychotherapy Institutes in Stockholm. When Annika discovered AEDP, she found a theoretical base and language for these kind of processes. In her AEDP supervisor training and clinical work she has found how providing a space that allows for right-brain-to-right-brain communication accelerates the development of safety, growth and healing in parallel processes with the supervisees and their patients.
Annika has assisted in Immersion with Diana Fosha in Stockholm, Essential skills with Ron Frederick in Stockholm and Parma, where she presented her own clinical work, and in Israel with SueAnne Piliero.
In addition to AEDP, Annika is trained in body-oriented Psychotherapy and has a clinical background from working 15 years in different psychiatric settings.
Karen Minsberg, LCSW
Karen Minsberg, LCSW Karen grew up in Los Angeles and not surprisingly, her first career was in television production. As a producer she learned how important it was to engage with everyone on the crew to ensure a smooth running shoot. After observing an interaction with a crew member, another crew member told her she should be a lion tamer! All of this led to a change of career; she graduated Columbia University with an MSW in 1993. For many years she worked in schools providing mental health services to children and adolescents. Karen met Diana in 2009, and like many, felt she had finally found her professional home. She trained, she studied, she learned and became a Certified Therapist in 2014 and a Certified Supervisor in 2017. Karen has assisted at numerous ES1 and ES2 training courses and is grateful to all of her supervisors, especially Jenna Osiason, Natasha Prenn, SueAnne Piliero, Jerry Lamagna, Eileen Russell and Ben Lipton.
Karen also a yoga teacher, becoming a Certified Sivananda Yoga Teacher in 1986, and a Certified Antigravity Yoga Instructor in 2014. Karen has integrated yoga interventions into her practice as she finds they are tremendously effective in calming and regulating the nervous system. Her clients are all very fond of the Antigravity yoga hammock she have in her office which she believe facilitates centering, integration, and an inner sense of well being.
Molly Morgan, LCSW
Molly Morgan is in private practice in NYC on the Upper West Side, and offers individual and small group supervision in person and online. She began studying AEDP with the inaugural Essential Skills course in 2010, and went on to study with Diana Fosha for four years. She trained to be an AEDP supervisor with Natasha Prenn, and has assisted at NYC Immersion and Essential Skills courses for five years.
Molly has presented her work in NYC at the Metro NYC meetings. She loves teaching AEDP and is especially interested in teaching and learning AEDP as a personal and professional transformational process. Her article, “How to Be an AEDP Supervisee: Prepare to Be Transformed” was published in the Fall, 2017 issue of Transformance.
Molly integrates a range of experiential modalities. She is a certified EFT therapist, certified in Positive Psychology from the Flourishing Center in NYC, is a Level 3 EMDR practitioner, a certified Kripalu yoga teacher, and has studied IFS, NLP and clinical hypnosis. She earned her Master in Clinical Social Work from Columbia.
Regina Pontes, MS
Regina Pontes, MS and AEDP Certified Supervisor has devoted her professional life to psychotherapy and the understanding of emotions and how they can lead to transformative life-changing experiences. She is a professor, clinical psychologist and supervisor, and couples therapist. Since 1992, Ms. Pontes has been a professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro’s Psychology Department (PUC) teaching Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment and Clinical Training. Alongside her academic journey she worked for 20 years at the Santa Casa da Misericórdia General Hospital of Rio de Janeiro in the Psychiatric Service of the Psychotherapy Department, leading psychotherapy group sessions, teaching Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy and working with individual and group clinical treatments. She has also extensive training in Somatic Experiencing and Mindfulness Instructor from Mindfulness Training International.
Ms. Pontes` background and training have always been Integrative Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy in individual and group models. She obtained her Master's Degree by developing a Focal Dynamic Group Psychotherapy Model, which she worked extensively and intensely for ten years, expanding group psychotherapy for specific contexts. After being introduced to Dr. Fosha’s theory, she attended the Immersion Courses 1 and 2, workshops and seminars where she was trained by Dr. Kari Gleiser. Since then, she has focused her interest on AEDP’s expansion in the academic milieu, giving workshops and lectures in Rio de Janeiro. Since the vocational and professional training of new clinicians have always been one of her greatest passions, she, together with Maria Candida Soares, created the first AEDP-Brasil Institute where she coordinates and ministers a two-year course AEDP-NeuroPsychoTherapy, developing academic instruction and clinical training in AEDP. For more information, visit www.institutonpt.com.br or email@example.com. Contact 55 21 2579-3568 / 55 21 99967-4771
Esther Poon, MFT
Esther Poon, MFT is a Certified AEDP Therapist and Supervisor in private practice in Hong Kong. She has been in AEDP supervision and training with Danny Yeung, MD since 2008. She became certified as an AEDP therapist in 2013 and as a Supervisor in 2018. She is the Pre-Clinical Member of AAMFT, Certified Clinical Supervisor both in Hong Kong Marriage and Family Therapy Association and Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association. She has also been the clinical supervisor in the City University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Baptist University. She is the founder of a trauma healing centre in Hong Kong, specialized in treating clients with depression and anxiety, particularly those with relational trauma and emotional hurts. As a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP®) with Marriage & Family Therapy training, Esther strives to integrate the concepts and skills in working with individuals and families in affect regulations, strengthening attachment bonding and facilitating growth and healing. She also has the passion to share with clinicians the healing power of AEDP and help the growth of AEDP in Chinese community.
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.
“As an AEDP supervisor, I see supervision as a three-way collaboration between the minds and hearts of the supervisor, therapist and patient on tape. It is deeply gratifying for me to encourage, support and launch budding therapists and witness them become solid and sure footed AEDP therapists. I am grateful to my supervisees because they have offered me the privilege of growing alongside with them!”
Judy Silvan, LICSW
Judy Silvan offers clinical supervision to both new AEDP trainees, and seasoned AEDP clinicians interested in combining prior expertise in models such as psychoanalysis, STDP, IFS, SE, Bioenergetics, etc., with a growing understanding of AEDP. For AEDP clinicians seeking a holistic learning experience, supervision with Judy leads to deepened skills through vulnerable processing of current and historical experiences related to counter-transference and other clinical questions and material. For those who wish to earn hours towards AEDP certification, her expertise is creating a safe and abundant supervision relationship, using what is gleaned from viewing clinical sessions. Trainees will learn the values of moment-to-moment tracking and making the switch from an interpretive or analytical mode to an experiential mode; together they will develop interventions which reflect individual levels of skill and process. She is happy to simplify videotaping of sessions, including instructions on how to request and receive patient or client permission, and how to insure following guidelines for patient privacy in this process.
Judy says of her practice, "Helping people uncover their tenderness and their core strength is the healing hallmark of my work. I supervisor clinicians of all genders, skill-level, races, ethnicities, learning styles, and sexual orientations. I am well-versed in oppression, and understand how hurtful it feels to be treated poorly due to your race, sexuality, gender, family composition, body type (et al). I have been around many challenges and appreciate the intricacies and complexities of this work."
Judy Silvan's career includes consultation to programs in universities, clinics, group practices and hospitals; she has produced and led workshops and retreats around the US and internationally. She is internationally Certified in Bioenergetic Analysis(CBT, 2004), and received Certification by the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy in 2011.She received her MSW from Smith College and is licensed to practice psychotherapy in both MA and CA (CA lic. # 61755). She has felt a passion to practice and teach experiential methods of psychotherapy, and shares an AEDP supervision process which develops supervisees’ neuroplasticity--to enhance clarity, possibility and joy as a professional.
Jessica Slatus, LCSW
Jessica Slatus, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Boulder, CO. Jessica is a Certified AEDP therapist and supervisor and has been in training with Natasha Prenn and Diana Fosha since completing the inaugural Essential Skills class in 2010-2011. She has assisted at the Essential Skills 1 and 2 and Immersion Courses in New York City and presented alongside Natasha Prenn at the 2014 AEDP NYC Seminar Series in a workshop entitled “True Self, True Other, True Other: Undoing Aloneness and Co-Creating Transformational Experience in the Therapeutic and Supervisory Relationships.”
Prior to finding AEDP, she worked as a bilingual clinician at an outpatient mental health clinic of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and as a staff therapist at both the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB) and the Sexual Addiction Treatment and Training Institute. She has a post-masters certificate in the treatment of eating disorders from CSAB, and is currently writing a paper about working with eating disorders using AEDP.
Jessica received her Masters degree in Social Work from New York University and her undergraduate degree in Spanish from Vassar College. Her clinical interests include working cross-culturally and cross-linguistically using AEDP, the application of AEDP to work with eating disordered patients, and the intersection of trauma and eating disorders. She is available for both psychotherapy and supervision.
Maria Candida S. Soares
Maria Candida S. Soares holds a psychology degree from PUC-RJ (1973). She initiated her clinical training at IBRAPSI (Brazilian Institute for Psychoanalysis, Groups and Institutions), attending adults in her private practice. In the 1990’s she felt the need for new sources of tools and theories, and, therefore, studied Brief Psychotherapy based on ISTDP and more specifically, the Leigh McCullough’s theory, and graduated from the Department of Psychiatry at Santa Casa da Misericordia Hospital in Rio de Janeiro (1998). After graduation from this course, she became part of the staff as teacher and supervisor and conducted therapeutic groups for eating disorders and unemployed people. Her first encounter with AEDP happened when Diana Fosha came to Brazil to facilitate a workshop in 2000. The focus on the relational dyad, the clear picture of emotional moments expressed during the session and the human approach were some of the AEDP elements that enchanted and captivated her. Since then Maria Candida participated in the following activities: The Clinical Phenomenology of Emotion – Workshop facilitated by Diana Fosha and Leslie Greenberg (Adelphi University, New York, 2002); Immersion Course I (New York, 2011) and Immersion Course II with Diana Fosha (Esalen, CA, 2012); and Core Training plus supervision with Kari Gleiser. She was certified both as AEDP psychotherapist (2014) and AEDP supervisor (2015).
In 2006, after translating Diana Fosha’s book The Transforming Power of Affect to Portuguese, she and Regina Pontes launched an independent course taught in AEDP format in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and created, with Diana’s approval, the AEDP Brazil Institute. Maria Candida also studied with Marion Hendricks in her course “Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy” and held an extension course degree in ‘Somatic Experience’ from the Brazilian Association of Trauma. She is co-author of the book Virando gente: a história do nascimento psíquico (Becoming Someone: the story of the psychic birth), that describes different aspects of child development and intersubjectivity, subjects she finds fascinating.
Anna Christina Sundgren MA
Anna Christina Sundgren is a Licensed Psychotherapist, teacher and Supervisor. She runs a private practice in Stockholm, Sweden since 18 years. Anna Christina became a certified AEDP-therapist in 2015, and an AEDP Supervisor in 2016. Before she became a licensed psychotherapist she worked as a High School teacher in Literature and Adult Education. Anna Christina also studied Jungian Psychology. She is trained in Short-term Dynamic Therapy and is a Mindfulness Instructor. She has worked with domestic violence treatment, especially group therapy with male perpetrators. Since many years she has been a supervisor for social workers, therapists and health professionals besides her client work. Anna Christina has supervised therapy students in Infant Observations, a relational attachment focused model inspired of AEDP. Since 2016 she supervises therapists in AEDP training, both indivually and in groups. She has assisted Immersion Course with Diana Fosha and she has assisted in Essential Skills in Stockholm, Sweden and Parma, Italy, where she also presented her own clinical work. She has done several AEDP-presentations and workshops, and an Introduction Course in AEDP. Anna Christina is a devoted AEDP therapist and supervisor who loves helping therapists to grow and flourish through AEDP while creating safety and a warm and caring atmosphere, a platform for exploration together. She also provides Zoom Supervision.
Martina Verba, PhD
Martina Verba is a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor in private practice in Westchester County. She fell in love with AEDP when she took the Immersion course in 2008. She has assisted multiple times at the NYC Immersion course with Diana Fosha, Essential Skills 1 and 2 with Natasha Prenn, and the retreat-style Essential Skills course with Ben Lipton and Eileen Russell. Martina is a member of the AEDP NYC-Metro steering committee, a moderator for the listserv, and a post-treatment interviewer for the AEDP research program. She has extensive experience working with patients with eating disorders; she has written and presented on the use AEDP in treating this population.
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. She is the co-author of a chapter on safety in connection among at-risk adolescent girls in Urban Girls Revisited: Building Strengths (NYU Press, 2007).
She received her undergraduate degree in from Harvard University, her Master of Social Work from Columbia University, her Master of Public Health from Harvard University, and her Doctor of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.
Martina brings authenticity, a sense of humor, and a profound appreciation for the process and practice of AEDP to her work with clients and supervisees.
Judy Wong, MFT
Judy Wong, MFT, was deeply inspired by and found much resonance with AEDP Senior Faculty Member Danny Yeung's work when attending the 2006 Hong Kong Immersion course. In 2007, she participated in Danny Yeung's first Core Training group and since 2009 has been a peer supervision facilitator for Hong Kong Core Trainings. Through these years of AEDP exposure, Ms. Wong's clinical repertoire has been deeply enriched and expanded. With previous training in Marriage & Family Therapy, Somatic Experiencing and mindfulness, it is natural for her to integrate her knowledge and skills in AEDP in working with individuals and couples for affect regulation, deepening attachment bond between members of couples, enhancing self reflective capacity and neural integration. Ms. Wong shares the vision and passion of disseminating AEDP in China. She is especially interested in working with complex trauma in mainland China, focusing on fine tuning AEDP with the recognition of their distinct history and cultural features.
Kwok Wing Wu
Kwok Wing Wu is a registered clinical psychologist working for the Mental Health Association of Hong Kong. Inspired by the work of Dr. Fosha, he has received five-years of advanced training in AEDP with Dr. Yeung. He worked closely with Dr. Yeung and his colleagues to establish the first centre based AEDP service in Hong Kong that serves the local Chinese community. With tremendous support from the MHAHK, he coordinated all trainings, supervision, services and publications in Hong Kong. The journey of his learning in AEDP reached a climax in 2010 when Dr. Fosha came to Hong Kong. From her direct teaching, he further developed a deep sense of trust with the essence of AEDP, experiencing a sense of coming home in the journey of his work in psychotherapy.