AEDP Institute

Heidi Frieze, LCSW

Heidi Frieze, LCSW is a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor practicing in NYC and Westchester, NY. She also co-chairs AEDP Westchester, a salon style learning community promoting the teachings of AEDP through video and experiential presentations and book group discussions.

Heidi has been in private practice for over 15 years treating both individual adults and couples. She holds an MSW in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University and an MA in Journalism from UC Berkeley. She graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Science Technology and Society (STS). Heidi attended Diana Fosha’s first AEDP Immersion Course and completed one year of Core training with Diana. Over the years, she has been in individual supervision with faculty members Eileen Russell, Sue Anne Piliero, and Ben Lipton. Heidi has assisted in numerous courses including: two Essential Skills I Training Courses with SueAnne Piliero in NYC; ES2 with Kari Gleiser online in 2020; ES2 with Ben Lipton online in 2021; ES2 with Kate Halliday online in 2021; multiple immersion courses with Diana Fosha in NYC and one in Westchester, NY and with Jerry Lamagna online in 2021. She also assisted Diana Fosha at a weekend workshop at the Kripalu Yoga Center in the Berkshires, MA in 2018.

Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Heidi was a yoga teacher and yoga therapist. She taught group classes, primarily in Bikram style (hot) yoga and gave private yoga therapy sessions as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner. Heidi was initially drawn to AEDP because of its integrative body/mind approach and experiential focus. She continues to incorporate yoga principles and mindfulness into her psychotherapy practice. Heidi also trained with Laurel Parnell and is certified in Attachment Focused EMDR.

Heidi has been an AEDP supervisor since 2019 and particularly enjoys working with practitioners who are new to the AEDP model, helping them feel safe and supported around videotaping and sharing their work. Other interests include helping “right brain” learners integrate “left brain” AEDP concepts; exploring obstacles to working effectively with patients; and helping supervisees develop their own authentic AEDP style.

For relaxation and self care, Heidi loves to be outdoors taking long walks in the woods or by the water. She enjoys dancing, fiddling on her guitar, and co-facilitating local drum circles. Heidi also leads Red Tent gatherings for women in her town as a way to build community and deepen connection locally.

Heidi lives with her husband, teenage son, mother, dog and cat. She is a white, cis-gendered heterosexual female who uses the pronouns she/her.