Transformance Journal Member: Guest Presenter

Kaori Stram, LMHC

Kaori Stram, LMHC is a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor. She is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in New York.  Her AEDP journey started in 2014 when she was first introduced to the work of Yuko Hanakawa and attracted to its warm heart-to-heart connection between a therapist and a client.  She has assisted many courses in-person and online as an experiential assistant and lead assistant.  Since 2021, she has presented at Immersion and ES1 courses as well as trained Japanese therapists in Japan.

Kaori is also participating in an AEDP 16-session research project as a treating therapist.

Her passion is to help spread AEDP to Japan where she originally comes from and has been actively involved in the AEDP Japanese community.

Yuko Parris, LMHC

Yuko Parris, LMHC is a New York State licensed psychotherapist, a certified AEDP therapist, and an AEDP supervisor-in-training. Yuko was introduced to AEDP in 2017 and has since been dedicated to developing her proficiency in AEDP therapy. She has supported many AEDP trainings as a lead and experiential assistant. Certified in AEDP in 2021, she is currently a  Supervisor in Training, and teaches AEDP both in United States and in Japan.

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Martina Verba, LCSW, DSW

Martina Verba, LCSW, DSW is a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor in private practice in Westchester County, NY. She fell in love with AEDP when she took Diana’s Immersion course in 2008. She has both assisted and lead-assisted for Immersion and Essential Skills, as well as presented at Immersion. She has extensive experience working with patients with eating disorders and has developed a practice that integrates eating disorder treatment and AEDP. She is on the faculty of the Integrative Trauma Treatment Program at the National Institute of Psychotherapies.

Prior to finding AEDP, Martina 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 the Director of Counseling at a program for at-risk youth in Boston. (Read More…)

Judy Silberstein, LCSW 

Judy Silberstein, LCSW has been an experiential therapist for over 30 years and has a private practice in NYC. She has been in small group/individual supervision with Diana Fosha & Natasha Prenn and has assisted in Immersion, Essential Skills (ES1 & ES2). She is the co-chair of AEDP Metro NYC – a salon style learning community dedicated to nurturing and growing AEDP in the metropolitan area.

With her roots in somatic therapy, Judy specializes in using the intersubjective field and AEDP–IR to help process and heal traumatized clients and their parts. (Read More…)

Andrew Joseph, EdM, MA, MHC – LP

Andrew Joseph (guest presenter in Immersion, 2022) is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and Vancouver, BC. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Trinity Western University in Langley, BC, and an MA and EdM in psychological counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. While in graduate school, Andrew was introduced to AEDP by his colleague, Hillary McBride, who sent him Natasha Prenn’s 2009 paper “I second that emotion!” Andrew was captivated by this model of treatment that involved the therapist’s heart—which instantly felt congruent with Andrew’s Egyptian roots.

He then found himself in AEDP Senior Faculty member Gil Tunnell’s Marriage and Family class at Columbia University, where he learned more about AEDP. Andrew was eventually recruited (Read More…)

Dina Miqdadi, DPsych

Dina Miqdadi, is a chartered counseling psychologist and a certified AEDP therapist.
She grew up in Jordan and has lived and trained in the US (2 years) and the UK (6 years). She is
now settled in the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Dina has trained in an NHS clinic and the Place2Be in the UK, worked/volunteered with various NGOs and INGOs with Arabic speaking refugees in several countries, and has worked with private clinics and a psychiatric hospital in Jordan. She currently has her private practice and volunteers to run AEDP oriented groups for Arabic speaking refugees in Cyprus with a grassroots NGO named “together”.

Sonya Parker, LCSW, RYT-200

Sonya Parker, LCSW, RYT-200, is a member of the AEDP Vision Collective and Lead Chair of the Racialized Trauma and Spirituality in AEDP Vision Collective Exploratory Group. Sonya was a copresenter in the institute-sponsored seminar, “Transformational Synergies in AEDP, Spirituality and Psychedelics” in July, 2022.

As a licensed therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher, Sonya uses a holistic approach to therapy grounded in attachment, relational, emotion and somatic-mindfulness modalities. Sonya has provided both individual and couples therapy in her career. She is currently researching constructs to expand the AEDP model to integrate spirituality as part of the transformational AEDP process of healing and mitigation of racialized trauma and oppression experienced by people of African ancestry and BIPOC communities in the United States.

H. Jacquie Ye-Perman, PhD 

H. Jacquie Ye-Perman, PhD  is an AEDP Certified Supervisor and Therapist, and a licensed psychologist in private practice in Iowa, U.S. I provide online individual and group supervision in the U.S., China, and internationally. I also travel to China to teach AEDP courses, and I assist in AEDP courses in the U.S. and Canada. I am enthusiastic about the topic of cross-cultural applicability of AEDP and have written and presented on this topic with Diana Fosha at the SEPI 2019 conference.

I grew up in China and moved to Canada in 2001, to study psychology, and to look for an answer to my life. Encountering Diana Fosha and AEDP marked the end of my wandering, and the beginning of my path of clarity, determination, and joy, incidentally in both professional and personal life. I find it invigorating to be living amongst my fellow AEDP-ers, (Read More…)

Gabriela Pessoa-Mendes, BA

Gabriela Pessoa-Mendes, BA is an AEDP Certified Therapist. Gabriela has been working with attachment trauma through the lens of AEDP since 2010. Relational and experiential work are key in Gabriela’s sessions – which also integrates Somatic Experiencing training by Peter Levine and mindfulness.

Gabriela works as a mindfulness trainer as well, certified by MTI – Mindfulness Trainings International. Both of her practices as a mindfulness teacher and as an AEDP therapist are more than just work, they are an authentic and meaningful way of living and being in life.

Jason Trowbridge, MA, MFT

Jason Trowbridge, MA, MFT is an AEDP Certified Therapist.  Jason’s work has been based in attachment theory since 2007 when he began studying Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples treatment.  About ten years later, he began formally learning AEDP.  Jason specializes in Intra-Relational AEDP and avidly studies dissociative phenomena and different modalities for working with parts of self.  He has been involved in AEDP research and assists at AEDP training events.  Increasingly, he has been focused on the interface between AEDP and spiritual/religious practice.