AEDP Institute

Tailoring AEDP Interventions to Attachment Style

Transformance Talk based on Transformance:
The AEDP Journal, Volume 6, Issue 2

by Karen Pando-Mars, MFT


Join Karen Pando-Mars in the Institute’s very first Transformance Talk to learn about this important work and have a chance to participate in a moderated Q&A with members of the AEDP community.

From the Introduction to Pando-Mars’ Transformance Journal article, Tailoring AEDP Interventions to Attachment Style:

“AEDP’s therapeutic stance is one that employs corrective emotional and relational experiences to help patients know they exist in the heart and mind of another. Yet, to enter this kind of explicit relationship can be daunting for patients with insecure attachment styles, whose adaptive strategies become defensive shields to protect them from further relational wounding. This can be challenging for the therapist and patient alike. This paper is part of a larger project on how to differentially apply AEDP’s comprehensive model to treat attachment wounding, given the distinct formations of each attachment style.”

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Meet the Presenter

Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-9-19-26-amKaren Pando-Mars, MFT, is a psychotherapist in San Rafael, California, and Senior Faculty of the AEDP Institute. She was irresistibly drawn to AEDP in 2005 and captivated by the depth and breadth of this transformational model. She immersed herself in training and consultation with Dr. Fosha and three years of core training with Dr. Frederick. Ms. Pando-Mars is one of the founders of AEDP West and chaired the AEDP Institute Education Committee from 2011-2018.

Ms. Pando-Mars' passionate interest in what cultivates deep connection between Self and Other has been furthered by attachment theory and related neuroscience. She is known for her presence, warmth, and the clarity of her presentations. Videotapes of her clinical work are moving and inspiring examples of how AEDP’s explicit relational and experiential practices can help patients heal from relational trauma.

Ms. Pando-Mars arrived to AEDP with background in somatic and experiential therapies, including Focusing, Biofeedback, Process-Oriented Psychotherapy, Sandtray-Worldplay, EMDR, and Authentic Movement. These influences are deeply woven throughout her work. She was a founder of The Sandtray Network and a contributing editor of its journal. As adjunct faculty at Dominican University, in San Rafael, California, she taught AEDP as the overarching theoretical model in the Alternative and Innovative Psychotherapies course.

She presents workshops on AEDP,  teaches and leads Essential and Advanced Skills courses, Core training and supervision across the United States and internationally.  Her publication “Tailoring AEDP interventions to attachment style,” 2016 Transformance Journal, 6 (2) is the basis for her upcoming book, which will be co-authored with Diana Fosha and published by Norton & Co.