AEDP Institute

Meet our Listserve Moderating Team

The Moderating Team serves our AEDP listserve community, striving to create safety within this mode of connection.  The team attempts to take into account the wide variety of members’ voices, responds to queries related to posting, and seeks member input with regular annual surveys.  Founded in 2009, the Moderating Team is comprised of AEDP practitioners who volunteer to embody their commitment to our community.  Feel free to contact us if you need our assistance.


Martina Verba, LCSW, DSW

Moderating Team Chair

I am a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor in private practice in Westchester County. I fell in love with AEDP when I took the Immersion course in 2008. I have assisted multiple times at the Immersion course with Diana Fosha and at Essential Skills with Natasha Prenn, Ben Lipton and Eileen Russell. I am a member of the AEDP NYC-Metro steering committee and a post-treatment interviewer for the 16-session AEDP treatment study. I have extensive experience working with patients with eating disorders and have presented on the use AEDP in treating this population.

I received my undergraduate degree from Harvard University, my Master of Social Work from Columbia University, my Master of Public Health from Harvard University and my Doctor of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to finding AEDP, I 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 a Director of Counseling at a program for at-risk youth. I am the co-author of a chapter on building safety in connection among adolescent girls in Urban Girls Revisited: Building Strengths (NYU Press, 2007).

I try to bring authenticity, a sense of humor and my profound appreciation for the process and practice of AEDP to my work with clients and supervisees. I live in Hastings-on-Hudson with my husband, daughter and little dog, Ozzy.

Merle Brenner

I am a licensed clinical social worker, and a certified AEDP therapist in NYC. I discovered that AEDP was home base for me once I was introduced to the model. I completed the immersion course in 2011. I was then in a supervision group with Natasha Prenn for two years and am currently in a 4th year core training group with Steve Shapiro. I was also in individual supervision with Jeanne Newhouse for 5 years. I’ve been on the moderating team since 2014 and enjoy being part of our active list serv. 

I have also assisted at Essential Skills Courses and thoroughly enjoy helping others learn this model.  It is an honor to be part of this vibrant community. 

I live with my husband and we have two adult children.  I love barre class, photography,  a beach and good book.

Joe Lipetzky, PsyD

I am a psychologist in private practice in Boise, Idaho since 1998. I work with couples, families, and individuals of all ages. I consult at a local private school two mornings a week. I have been involved in AEDP since 2008. I have been one of the moderators since 2012. I am a certified AEDP therapist since 2015. I love working with clients and seeing them get better and live a fuller life. Personally, I am married with three children and one grandchild. I enjoy the outdoors, backpacking, and high adventure outings.

Karen Minsberg, LCSW

I am in private practice with offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan. I have a long history of working with adolescents and love that work; I also see adults. My AEDP experience began in 2009 when I first met Diana at a conference in NYC. I did the Immersion Course in May 2010, followed by Essential Skills I and then a year of core training. I am currently in small group supervision and am working to get certified. I am also faculty at New York Counseling & Guidance, where I teach and supervise NYU social work students. I have also trained with Dan Hughes and am a member of the NYC Adoption Foster Care Therapist Network. I live in Brooklyn with my husband and two cats, and am up early every morning for an hour of Yoga and Qi Kung. I am also an enthusiastic and dedicated Taiko drummer.

William J. Ryan, PhD

I live in Brooklyn with Giustina, my wife of over 20 years, and GalaTheDog. Since completing the Immersion Course in 2006, I have had individual supervision with Diana, Ben Lipton, Eileen Russell and SueAnne Piliero, and completed a core training with Eileen. I was an assistant for the first and second NYC AEDP Essential Skills Courses, as well as for the Advanced Skills Training. I have enjoyed being an AEDP Listserve Moderator since the Heart of Healing Conference in February 2010. I maintain an active research program and a therapy practice in Brooklyn. For more than 20 years, I have maintained a practice in Brooklyn, which includes treatment (couples and individual), research, and teaching/supervision of therapy, psychological assessment and forensic psychology. I love hearing from you on our Listserve or backchannel, so please keep sending those wonderful posts!

Carrie Ruggieri

My first exposure to AEDP was the 2007 immersion course in Boston. Diana’s model freed me to practice in the way that allowed my entire self to embrace my professional identity. As so many new to AEDP express, it felt like a homecoming. I went on to core training with Kari Gleiser, then Eileen Russel, and in 2012, with Natasha Prenn. I have two articles published in the Journal Transformance. The latest is about my adaptation of AEDP into my equine therapy practice. In addition to serving as a list serve moderator, I also moderate the Transformance Journal/Listserve discussion that occurs for each new Journal Transformance article. I have recently completed assisting NYC 2018 ES1, which was one of the most uplifting and gratifying experiences of my career. I have a traditional private practice in Providence, RI and I live with the swans by a river along with my cats and dog

Jonathan Sibley, LCSW

I became a psychotherapist after a previous career in technology and was lucky enough to discover AEDP during my time in social work school. In addition to AEDP, my work is also inspired by EFT and the work of Dan Hughes. I now have a private practice in Montclair, NJ where I see individuals, couples and families. I have taken core training with Diana and was a founding member of the listerve moderator group. In addition to my psychotherapy practice, I do personal and executive coaching and am quite interested in the relationships between therapy and coaching. I live in Montclair with my wife, Gwen, my 18-year-old son and my 17-year-old daughter.