Cultivating therapeutic presence to heal relational trauma in AEDP, EFT, and Transtheoretically

An AEDP™ SEMINAR LIVE ONLINE 2023 presented by:

Benjamin Lipton, LCSW & Shari Geller, PhD, C.Psych

This seminar is intended for Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors/Marriage
and Family Therapists, Creative Arts Therapists. Course Content Level: Beginner + Intermediate


Through the complementary lenses of AEDP™ and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), this workshop will address the role of therapeutic presence in the service of psychological healing and transformation. Much more than a background component of psychotherapy, it is a primary and powerful tool for processing trauma and facilitating positive psychological change. 

Presence is essential to developing a highly attuned and mutually coordinated healing relationship—a fundamental requirement for effective therapy across many different orientations.  Therapeutic presence is a way of being that reflects a therapist’s full, embodied engagement, in the moment, in relationship with their clients.  

Parallel to the implicit processes of caregiver-infant security engendering attachment relationships, the explicit cultivation of therapeutic presence allows clients to acknowledge, explore and process the difficult and often painful terrain of relational trauma from the base of a safe and supportive relational connection with their therapist. Likewise, it provides a turbocharged container for processing powerful emergent experiences of health and flourishing.  

In this workshop presenters will share video sessions with patients to demonstrate hallmark techniques.

Main Points of Seminar:

Therapeutic presence:

  • Is essential for coordinated healing relationships.
  • Requires and also allows for attunement to verbal and nonverbal client communications.
  • Is both an internal experience and a relational experience.
  • Draws upon attachment research
  • Is a key component of healing trauma in psychotherapy.
  • Embodies neurophysiological principles to creating safety based on concepts such as co-regulation and neuroception from Polyvagal Theory (Geller & Porges, 2014).

There are three over-arching categories of therapeutic presence: preparation, process and experience. AEDP and EFT both offer optimal models for cultivating and utilizing therapeutic presence to heal trauma.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the foundational model for therapeutic presence in effective therapy.
  • Identify the link between neuroscience research and therapeutic presence for cultivating safety
  • Practice in-session skills of therapeutic presence to enhance your clinical practice.
  • Apply specific techniques from AEDP and EFT to embody therapeutic presence in life and in session.
  • Differentiate “being” from “doing” in the clinical application of therapeutic presence in AEDP, EFT and transtheoretically.
  • Practice self-compassion to work with challenges to therapeutic presence in life and in session.


Meet the Presenters

Benjamin Lipton, LCSW

Benjamin Lipton, LCSW, is a Senior and founding Faculty member of the AEDP Institute. He has been instrumental in the development and teaching of AEDP across the US and in Canada, Sweden, Israel, Norway, and Denmark. He also supervises individuals and small groups of clinicians learning AEDP around the world. A sought after teacher and speaker, Ben is known for his open and engaging style, his humor, and his particular ability to translate complex theoretical concepts into user-friendly, accessible and engaging learning experiences. Ben has edited a book and contributed many book chapters and articles in psychology and social service journals as well as mainstream magazines. His most recent publication is a chapter on therapeutic presence in Undoing Aloneness & the Transformation of Suffering Into Flourishing: AEDP 2.0 edited by Diana Fosha. During the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the US, Ben was the Director of Clinical Services at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), (Read More…)

Shari Geller, PhD, C.Psych

Shari Geller, PhD, C.Psych, is an author, clinical psychologist, certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher and leader in the field of therapeutic presence.

Shari offers training modules in therapeutic presence internationally as part of a longer-term vision of having presence be a foundational training across psychotherapy approaches. With over thirty years’ experience weaving psychology and mindfulness, Shari co-authored the book, Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapeutic Relationships – 2nd Edition (2022) with Dr. Leslie S. Greenberg. Shari’s book: A Practical Guide For Cultivating Therapeutic Presence (2017), offers hands on tools and guidance for cultivating and strengthening presence in therapy.  Shari created the Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness Program (TRM™), a group modality integrating mindfulness, rhythm practices and emotion-focused awareness to enhance wellbeing and presence.   (Read More…)

Dates, Times, Location

Friday June 9 and Saturday June 10, 2023

Times for each session: 
11:00 AM – 3:30 pm Eastern Time USA + Canada
Please double check the meeting times for your local time zone if not Eastern Time USA

Please go here for the agenda

Location: Live, Online

Fees, Registration and Continuing Education (CE): 

CE: 7.5


AEDP Member: $225.00 USD
Non-Member: $240.00 USD

Continuing Education Information: Listed further below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live online seminar. 

  • Non Member $240 USD

Scholarships are available. To learn more and apply, please go here.

ADA Accommodations | Attendance | Refund Policy | Questions

ADA Accommodations
All AEDP Institute Trainings are offered Live Online.
Should you need any modification or accommodation to allow you to effectively
participate, please contact Marilia Rodriguez, or call
813-5553-1294 thirty days or more before the event so we can be sure to accommodate

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Office Hours: 9:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern Time USA

Continuing Education

This program is generally eligible for 7.5 CE hours of continuing professional development credit.* Participants must have paid course fee, attended the entire course and completed an evaluation to receive CE. R Cassidy, is our CE partner and will provide CE certificates. In addition a certificate of completion will be provided by the AEDP Institute. Partial credit is not available.

Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available* for this training. Each local and National professional board has its own specific Rules and Regulations for Continuing Education Credit Approval and Acceptance. Check with your State Regulatory board if you have questions or concerns not clarified by the information provided below. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact our CE and Registration Partner, R. Cassidy Seminars Karen Newell,, 866-992-9399 x 105 before the event.

*Individual Board Rules are subject to change.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates available after satisfactory course completion at

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0018. 7.5 contact hour. Live online.

Social Workers
IL-SWs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #159.000785.  7.5 CE hour.
MN: R. Cassidy Semianrs is recognized by the Minnesota Board of Social Work, CEP #2281 approval 12/27/22 – 12/27/23.  7.5 CE hour.
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 7.5 contact hour Live online.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 7.5 clock hour, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
IL-MFTs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. 7.5 hour.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 7.5 clock hour, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 7.5 CE hour.

Chemical Dependency Counselors
CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0555 for 1vCEH. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states
TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, 7.5 hour general. Expires 1/31/24.  Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (515) 476-7597.

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is 7.5 CE hour.

CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP15554, for 7.5 contact hour

CA: R. Cassidy Seminars is a provider approved by the Dental Board of California as a registered provider of continuing education. RP# 4874 7.5 CE hour.

Disability Access – If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days Or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often And while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions Or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.