AEDP Institute

AEDP TESTIMONIALS

Diana Fosha’s healing oriented AEDP is revolutionizing psychodynamic therapy by encouraging therapists to form intense, real, but also safe, relationships with clients, within which clients explore transformational opportunities and heal the traumas that drive their symptoms”

Richard Schwartz, PhD, Developer of IFS – Author of Internal Family Systems Therapy

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“AEDP is a rich creative relevant system of intervention. Attachment based and healing oriented, it helps you connect with your client and use the power of emotion to create change. Diana Fosha, the developer of AEDP, is on the cutting edge of transformational theory and practice. Her elegant clinical tapes show her practicing what she preaches and teaches.”

Sue Johnson, EdD, Developer of EFT, Author of Hold Me Tight, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors.

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“The AEDP technique is ANNOYINGLY EFFECTIVE.”  

Luis Riebl, MD, DPM, FRA

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“Beyond valuable! After only one day of being back after the AEDP immersion Course, the essence of my work with clients is already shifting in a profound way. It is amazing. It’s what my right brain has always “known” what truly healing soul work is meant to be. Thank you, no words.”
– Lou Gallagher, LCPC

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“Diana Fosha’s model elegantly integrates important elements of several  major psychotherapeutic traditions. The model, the tapes of sessions, and the discussions [in the Immersion course] were extremely moving and meaningful.  Minute-to-minute tracking of the experience between client and therapist is a powerful intervention. I especially appreciate the emphasis on experiential therapy, (emotions), minute to minute.  AEDP fits my needs perfectly and I continue to grow with training and supervision.  So lucky that I found this community.

L.S.

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“I was struck by how much positive change can arise from “being with” versus clinical “doing . . .  I suspect it will turn the way I practice upside down.”

Maureen O’Regan,  LICSW

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“AEDP has changed the way I practice, and has placed me in a position where I can offer my clients so much more than “interventions”. It has given me a base (a platform) from which to help my clients soar and created transformation in so many places that could have been hopeless.”
– Sophie Scheinberg, LCSW

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“After reading Diana’s book « The Transforming Power of Affect » and not being sure of grasping all of it, I decided to take the Immersion course. It was a very substantial course and there was so much about it, that it took some time for me to take it in. Through real client videos and presenters and assistants guidance, teachings and experiencing, I started noticing during that intense week a shift of my attention toward transformation more than pathology. It was such a revelation for the therapist I long to be, a catalyst tracking « aliveness in my clients and myself » and articulating it in such a precise way. For me AEDP is the most integrated model of therapy since it is considering every bit of the human experience that makes life worth living: the experience of transformation, suffering, emotion, aliveness and relationship to others and oneself. It profoundly affected my way of relating to my clients, my people, myself and the world. My perceptive sense got expanded exponentially, attentive to the subtle hint, the slightest sign of liveliness around and inside me. There is no price for this life transforming learning journey that started for me at the Immersion course.”

Cristel Neveu

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“This is profoundly important material I will embrace and apply to my practice, especially with my (many) clients with trauma histories.”

S.M., LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) with two Master’s degrees (M.A., Ed.M.)

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“I was slowly learning names as I went along but Diana had already mastered them — not only names, but people’s stories and struggles. She truly personalized (customized) the experience for everyone. Her rem reflections were particularly powerful at opening out the process of the course. And her exchanges with Lia and Jessica as she struggled on day 3 with the effects of altitude were beautiful ways to model self-disclosure and dealing with whatever comes up.

Not only is Diana’s teaching ability superb, but it continues to become richer, clearer, calmer and more loving over the years that I have been learning from her. I identify her international AEDP efforts as a tremendous force for peace in our troubled world. And I feel that Diana truly hears and learns from each of her students and supervisees, weaving her learnings into the next wave of teaching. I am so thankful for this.”
– Susan V Walton LCSWR, MFA

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“Thank you for giving us the space for personal / clinical work that was needed in order to also assimilate the didactic. Diana, you modeled 5 days of AEDP at the front of the room. You are a master therapist . . . And a master teacher! Can’t wait to point other therapists in your direction!”

Tamara G. Suttle, MEd, LPC, ACS

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“One of the best highlights of my life. Diana has developed a model that could heal this planet if only it could be utilized for that purpose. She’s gifted as a therapist, teacher, and developer/creator of a model that works so effectively and in a short amount of time. I have grown leaps and bounds as a therapist and I was personally transformed also.”  

H.N., LCSW

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“As I heard Diana Fosha eloquently lay out the theoretical basis of the [AEDP] model, seamlessly integrating the clinical and research literature on attachment with affective neuroscience, witnessed its immediately positive impact on the many clients we saw on videotape, and had the opportunity to safely practice some of the new learning with fellow workshop participants, I still vividly recall the feeling of “coming home” and the recognition that AEDP  would henceforth ground my clinical work, my teaching, and my personal exploration going forward.”

Steve Kanofsky, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, The Wright Institute, Berkeley,  CA

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“AEDP is SO simpatico with how my brain works, my heart, my “Way”, the resonance is so clear . . . something is deepening and I’m loving how even just 5 days of AEDP has enriched and deepened my work, and feels so natural and right.”
– Deborah Jai Levy, LICSW

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“I am truly thrilled to encounter this deep, beautiful, nuanced work that leverages the real, therapeutic relationship as an attachment relationship to facilitate new, healing experiences with and for patients.  We know from the “common factors” research on change in psychotherapy, that the therapeutic relationship is a powerful change agent across modalities, and we know that experience changes the brain and fosters neuroplasticity.  AEDP is the attachment-based experiential psychotherapy model par excellence. Diana Fosha and the AEDP Institute faculty are doing and teaching the best relational, experiential therapy I know of, so I decided to go the source! Enrolling and participating in the IMM was a life changing experience for me.

My professional work and life transformed over night. Upon returning to my office, time and again, I saw and heard my clients experience and express the markers of positive transformation that Diana has so astutely articulated and demonstrates through videos of her work with patients. AEDP has deepened and empowered my work with couples as well as individuals and is a lovely complement to EFT.

Over the course of the week of Immersion training, my own attachment themes got cued while watching tapes and learning theory, and I reflected on painful aspects of my history. While doing so, I tracked my inner experience using the model as a map and came out a changed man. I believe I have been growing in and through AEDP ever since.

I am grateful beyond words for how Diana and this model have transformed my professional and personal life.”
– Richard Harrison. Ph.D.

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“. . . AEDP can change people, relationships, self-identity, EVERYTHING, sometimes in an astoundingly short time…”
– KB

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“Diana’s video tapes had such a profound impact on me. I loved being able to watch the process of a client move from state 1 into core state. This was an important part of learning this model.

I do this work for a lot of reasons, but undoing aloneness is at the top of the list. I love the fact that we get to move into privedging the positive, holding the client emotionally to get through the challenges and the darkness together. Truly a co-created experience to foster connection, emotional safety and hope. I am intrigued and so fascinated to learn and grow in this direction.”
– Lisa Rosen, MA, LPC

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“I really appreciated how balanced this training was in comparison with some other experientially-focused trainings I have been to. Specifically, I felt that there was an “optimal level of arousal” necessary for good learning (not overwhelmed or disengaged)”
– L.M. Psy.D.

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“So valued her [Diana’s] vulnerability for not only the sessions that went well, but also the ones that were difficult. This is true leadership. Thank you!”
– Anonymous

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“The integration of the mind/body aspects of psychotherapeutic technique was a different take on things. As a professional homeopathic practitioner, I am already doing something similar in practice but now have a definite theoretical base from which to work and share with other colleagues.”
– Cynthia Chrisman, MPH, CCH, Certified Classical Homeopath

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“I am new to AEDP, but have practiced for many years from a standpoint of attachment, relational theory, with growing fascination of interpersonal neurobiology.  This workshop fit my needs perfectly. I was touched personally and professionally by Diana Fosha, and amazed how she really embodied all that she was teaching.”
– Maria Palmer LCSW-R

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“More than what I expected. Grew in personal and professional ways particularly in terms of focusing on and experiencing internal resourcing and it’s powerful impact.”
– K.H. Is fine. Registered Psychotherapist, with a Master of Arts, Psychology.

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“I was struck by how much positive change can arise from “being with” versus clinical “doing . . .  I suspect it will turn the way I practice upside down.”
– Maureen O’Regan,  LICSW

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“This is profoundly important material I will embrace and apply to my practice, especially with my (many) clients with trauma histories.”
– S.M., LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) with two Master’s degrees (M.A., Ed.M.)

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“I was inspired to sign up for the live stream when I saw an opportunity to see and hear Fosha giving a live  talk in New England – from my kitchen in Stockholm. I first heard about AEDP five years ago when I saw an APA-video where Fosha was doing a therapy session. I  was amazed by her presence and atunement and how that created a sense of safety in the patient. Ever since that first meeting with Fosha and AEDP I’ve been eager to learn more. I’ve been to New York and I  have had the chance to get some teaching by Fosha and Fredrick in my home town Stockholm. When “beeing seen and dopamin” came as an opportunity to learn from Fosha without traveling just couldn’t resist! What luck!

I am always excited when I am to learn from Fosha. There is always something new about how it is to be a human in her teaching and to help our patients ( and ourselves ) to transform and heal. Understanding her notion of recognition -“this is me”- phenomenologicaly and in terms of neurobiologi is very helpful.  When Fosha gave the trivial examples of “this is me” I realized that doing what we were doing gave me a sense of recognition – the situation teacher -student – learning something new – is truly a sense “this is me” and I felt excitement, and of wanting more, energized, vitalized. There was probably a cascade of dopamin in my system!

My experience of the seminar led me to look for this type of phenomena in sessions with clients, seizing and trying to dwell in and sometimes understandning a different aspect of my clients inner world, but also just having fun talking about it with my colleagues and learning from them.  I feel that I ‘ve been hanging around with this notion back and forth for almost a month and I am still learning – and transforming. Both as a therapist and as me. I am looking forward to the next opportunity to have a couple hours of teaching with Fosha and a cup of coffee in my kitchen!”
– Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia
Counselling Psychology Program and Department of Psychiatry

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” My sessions with clients since the training have been amazing! ”
– Anonymous

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“I have recently had some very positive experiences with chronically traumatized patients, who after years of therapy get in contact with the full extent of their extremely painful emotions in therapy and afterwards feel much relief and experience core state.” 

– Hartwig Uhl

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“The AEDP model, the terms, and the language is slowly enlivening – opening more and more before my eyes. As a lefty it is wonderful to be opening up my right side and see what can be, what it does both for me, my family, and for my clients and supervisees.”
– Daniel Blackwood, M.A., LPCC

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“After over 30 years in practice, the AEDP Immersion Course helped me to find my way back home to a model of therapy that is truly integrative of the many ways I have learned about how to help people change and improve their lives, while at the same time, honoring and fostering my own unique style and gifts that I bring into my work.

Diana’s amazing work and presence, along with several key faculty and skilled assistants, will give you a taste of how to use the power of transformance within all of us for the purpose of emotional healing and self growth. Moreover, it will give you a map and platform on which to continue to integrate and grow as therapists and people, knowing that the work you are doing is truly making a difference to the world around us.”
– Marc A. Cecil, Ph.D.

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“I attended the AEDP immersion course in 2008 at the encouragement of a colleague, who thought that AEDP and I would be a good match.  I will be forever grateful for her prescience and for the lifelong impact of this course. I have attended countless trainings/seminars in my 35 plus years in the field, and the AEDP immersion course was far and away the most professionally and personally transformative training that I have ever experienced.  As I heard Diana Fosha eloquently lay out the theoretical basis of the model, seamlessly integrating the clinical and research literature on attachment with affective neuroscience, witnessed its immediately positive impact on the many clients we saw on videotape, and had the opportunity to safely practice some of the new learning with fellow workshop participants, I still vividly recall the feeling of “coming home” and the recognition that AEDP  would henceforth ground my clinical work, my teaching, and my personal exploration going forward. Has it ever! I have since gone on to take the Immersion 2 course, essential skills training, pursued group and individual AEDP group consultation, and have experienced an exponential change in client progress as well as in my enjoyment of clinical work and my own personal life along the way.  I have also been integrating AEDP in my teaching of graduate psychology students, and am thrilled to see them as excited as I was in learning this transformative model.  One need not become a lifelong adherent, like myself, to benefit from the immersion course. Because of AEDP’s integrative lens, its focus on relational safety as the key ingredient in successful therapy, the chance to learn and practice concrete AEDP skills, and Diana’s  unique ability to deeply engage the hearts and minds of a large group of divergent individuals, I have no doubt that therapists coming from a wide range of theoretical backgrounds and those in need of re-stimulation of one’s passion for clinical work will be deeply rewarded.  I can’t more highly recommend any training opportunity than this course.”
– Steve Kanofsky, Ph.D.

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“The immersion course changed my life professionally and personally!  And I felt that way right at the end, thought the way things have unfolded have far exceeded what I could foresee.

I had reached a point in my life where I felt I needed to bring more affect online personally and professionally.  I sensed that AEDP could offer that, and I have not been disappointed.  How to describe a process of coming into the riches of what you already are without sounding flaky?  Perhaps best contrast with a kind of psychodynamic stance that

I had been inhabiting of a  reserve toward my clients and was struggling with internally as well.  AEDP, simply put, has given me permission to fully inhabit my life as a therapeutic instrument and to occupy my life as a full hearted human being.

In a tour-de-force of intellectual rigor, with uptodate material from attachment literature and neuroscience and psychodynamics, the immersion addressed my head.  And the work in the videos addressed my heart. What I learned about transformation, the striving for health and full experience/expression, and the art of therapeutic conversation (meta-processing) was revelatory and revolutionary.

My work has deepened enormously, my empathy and compassion both felt and expressed are so much richer, and I feel I bring so much and walk away with so much from my AEDP  insider therapeutic work.

People ask about retiring and I say feeling as fulfilled and rich as I do everyday working in this now AEDP-informed manner, why would I walk away from this? Great experience and very high return on the cost of the course.”
– Harvey Aronson, Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT, LCDC

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“AEDP is important to me because of the systematic approach it brings to change processes and its emphasis on transformation vs pathology. The Immersion Course is absolutely one of the best trainings I have ever attended and I highly recommend it. It was worth every penny and continues to inspire me years later. Seeing Diana’s work and her learning transformational theory gave me permission to be more brave with clients, and look for ways they were striving towards increased health. And this change in view also changed me.”
– Tyler Beach, MSW, LCSW

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