AEDP Institute

AEDP Austin, TX

AEDP Austin is a regional learning community associated with the AEDP Institute.

About AEDP Austin

AEDP Austin was founded in 2018. AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) is a transformation-based model of psychotherapy developed by Diana Fosha, PhD.

OUR PURPOSE AND VISION is to provide enriching learning opportunities in the context of deepening affiliations with our colleagues. We want to share our enthusiasm for AEDP, helping it to be more widely known for the healing oriented, powerful, and effective model that it is. AEDP Austin was formed to provide the following:

  • A forum for developing and strengthening our AEDP Community
  • A base of support to host AEDP faculty from around the country
  • Ongoing training and development for AEDP practitioners
  • A way to introduce AEDP to other psychotherapists
  • Continuing Education Units for LCSWs, LPCs, LMFTs, psychologists, and other licensed healing professionals

Upcoming Events

What Remains Intact:

Working with Core Self in the Midst of Trauma


Presented by Kristina Kyser, RP

Hosted by AEDP Austin


There is compelling clinical support for the existence of a Core Self that remains undamaged even by severe trauma. Accessing Core Self in session provides an experience of integration and wholeness that counterbalances the dissociation, fragmentation, shame, and terror suffered by trauma survivors. A client’s access to Core Self is associated with resilience, embodiment, mental clarity, and compassion for self and others – all of which help consolidate therapeutic gains and advance healing. Although Core Self exists within each of us, we cannot will or lead ourselves or others into this state. Rather, as Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) teaches, it is the transforming power of affect, skillfully processed in the context of a secure therapeutic attachment, that gets us there.


AEDP Austin is delighted to welcome Certified AEDP Therapist Kristina Kyser, who will lead a one-day experiential workshop exploring the steps to and benefits of accessing Core Self during treatment of complex trauma. In addition to lecture, Kristina will feature over two hours of edited clinical video across 18 months of treatment with a single client. Kristina’s presentation will bring focus to the following:


—intra-relational parts work (Internal Family Systems) to invite/deepen affective experience

—the importance of consent and how to request it

—making safe and explicit use of therapist-client attachment

—what Core Self looks, sounds, and feels like in session

—transforming the backlash against positive change


In line with AEDP’s experiential and relational orientation, Kristina will carve out ample space during the video screening for real-time sharing and discussion with an emphasis on eliciting right-brain, body/emotion-focused responses. Whether you are an AEDP newcomer or veteran, this workshop will provide relevant review of AEDP’s centerpiece – a four-state phenomenological model of change – and of AEDP’s hallmark techniques of dyadic affect regulation, healing-oriented emotion processing, and metatherapeutic processing.


We hope you will join us as we continue to learn together and grow the AEDP community in Austin!



Saturday, April 27, 2019



9:30am – 5:30pm (doors open at 9:00am)



Casa de Luz

Synergy Studio

1701 Toomey Road

Austin, TX 78704


Registration Fee: (includes lunch)

Early Bird Registration $150 (through March 27)

Regular Admission $175 (after March 27)

Student/Intern/Non-Profit Rate $75 (Limited spots available; to apply, contact Dwight Dugan at


Registration includes a macrobiotic lunch in the Casa de Luz dining room, along with coffee and tea in the morning and afternoon. Registration is limited to 45 participants.



AEDP Austin is a board-approved provider of CEUs for clinical social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, and marriage and family therapists licensed by the State of Texas. For an additional fee of $25, participants completing this workshop will be awarded 6.5 CEUs.




About the Presenter

Kristina Kyser is a Certified AEDP Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist (RP) in private practice in Toronto, Canada. Kristina works primarily with individual adults, many of whom have significant trauma histories. She is a practicing clinician in the international research project on the efficacy of AEDP and is currently training to become an AEDP Supervisor. Kristina has previously presented this AEDP workshop and others in her home city and has assisted at trainings at the AEDP Institute in NYC. Prior to becoming a therapist, Kristina completed a PhD in English at the University of Toronto, where she also taught several courses.

Past Events

Intro to AEDP: How to Be a Transformational Therapist and Put Neuroplasticity into Everyday Action

A one-day overview of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). Experiential, relational, and healing-oriented, AEDP is well-suited for transforming suffering related to attachment wounds, complex trauma, and chronic depression and anxiety.

We have structured this seminar around a 5.5-hour video presentation of AEDP by its developer, Diana Fosha, PhD. In line with AEDP’s experiential and relational orientation, we will carve out ample space during the video screening for real-time sharing and discussion with an emphasis on eliciting right-brain, body/emotion-focused responses.  To give participants an internal felt sense of AEDP in action, three experiential exercises will be incorporated into the day’s learning.

In the video, Diana outlines AEDP’s key components and reviews in detail AEDP’s centerpiece – a four state model of change that transforms work with clients. This is a phenomenological model, meaning that it describes the actual experience of a human being when positive neuroplasticity is in action. Diana’s video presentation includes two hours of footage from sessions with four clients. Each vignette provides a unique and moving example of transformation and of how the four state model and AEDP’s distinctive relational stance are used to guide and accelerate the healing process.

This seminar will provide ample exposure to AEDP’s hallmark techniques of dyadic affect regulation (to undo aloneness and process traumatic experience), healing-oriented emotion processing, and metatherapeutic processing (to process transformational experience), which can consolidate therapeutic gains, foster resilience, expand relational capacity, and deepen receptive affective experiences of feeling seen, felt, loved and understood.

We will explore 5 aspects of how to be a transformational therapist:

  1. Being a “transformance” detective:  how to set positive neuroplasticity into action by entraining transformance, the innate drive to heal, moment-to-moment, session-to-session
  2. Stay with it and stay with me: how to use dyadic affect regulation and the lived experience of the therapeutic relationship to co-create safety and connection, so as to make possible the work of deep emotional processing
  3. Existing in the heart and mind of the other: how to use the patient’s receptive affective experience and sense of feeling felt and being seen to deepen resilience and sense of self
  4. Working with intense emotion: how to experientially work with intense emotional experience in order to transform suffering into flourishing
  5. Reflecting on transformational experience is itself transformational: how to use AEDP’s metatherapeutic processing methodology to make the most out of each change-for-the-better moment, activating positive spirals of energy and vitality that upgrade the system and fuel further explorations


At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify transformance manifestations in patients
  • List 2 techniques to set positive neuroplasticity into action
  • Describe how to foster a therapeutic stance that makes dyadic affect regulation possible
  • Demonstrate 3 interventions to work with intense emotion
  • Use the patient’s experience of transformation to activate further healing and consolidation of gains already made


Contact Us:

Dwight Dugan, LCSW
(512) 207-0096

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