On Demand Training: Cultivating therapeutic presence to heal relational trauma in AEDP, EFT, and Transtheoretically

AEDP™ Institute Seminar presented by Benjamin Lipton, LCSW & Shari Geller, PhD, C.Psych

Recorded for OnDemand Learning (Live Seminar was Presented June 9 & 10, 2023)

This seminar is intended for Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists, Creative Arts Therapists.

Course Content Level: Beginner and 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 Presenter

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), the world’s first and largest HIV/AIDS service organization. He has held adjunct faculty appointments at Columbia Presbyterian Department of Psychiatry and New York University School of Social Work. Ben maintains a private practice in the NYC area. (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…)


AEDP Institute On Demand Trainings are to be viewed on your private computer or smart device. They are intentionally not downloadable; we “stream” them. So, having a high speed Internet connection is important to having a good learning experience.

This training is intended to be viewed only by mental health professionals and students in mental health or related fields. You will be asked to provide evidence of and swear to uphold your professional credentials before completing registration and payment and receiving access to the materials.

Fees and Registration – not including Continuing Education Credits (CE) 

$149 USD Non-Members
$129 USD AEDP Institute Members – please login to receive your discount

Continuing Education (CE): 

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

You may be eligible to receive 6.5 continuing education credits after watching this recording, passing a test, and completing a course evaluation.  CE fee: $25 USD.

Please reach out to admin at admin@aedpinstitute.org when you are ready to take the exam.

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