Transformance Talk 16: Therapeutic Presence

Carrie Ruggieri, LMHC, BCETS, Associate Editor of Transformance Journal in conversation with Ben Lipton, LCSW and Danny Yeung, MD

This is a recorded Talk from Wednesday March 15, 2023

Presented by: Benjamin Lipton, LCSW, Danny Yeung,MD
interviewed by Carrie Ruggieri, LMHC 

The Talk: In AEDP, therapeutic presence describes processes that are both vertical (i.e., intrapsychic processes within the therapist’s own body and mind) and horizontal (i.e., relational processes conveyed through a therapist’s energetic disposition, therapeutic stance, and relational availability to being impacted in both heart and mind by a client). Ben Lipton, LCSW
“Presence has been underscored as a foundational therapeutic stance for AEDP. We propose that contemplative presence is deeply intrinsic to the AEDP therapeutic stance. Enabled by von Economo neurons, the AEDP therapist, by embodying contemplative presence, can enhance intuitive ability and accuracy to land the right intervention with a client, in just the right time, and in just the right way. Danny Yeung, MD

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Meet the Presenters

Benjamin Lipton, LCSW

Benjamin Lipton, LCSW, is a founding faculty member of AEDP™ Institute.  Based in New York City, he teaches all levels of AEDP to a broad range of professional audiences across the US and internationally.  Mr. Lipton pioneered the first AEDP Advanced Core Training programs (Bay Area and Seattle); and he teaches seminars as well as the certification courses Essential Skills and Advanced Skills.  His open and engaging teaching style and skill in translating complex ideas into clear and accessible learning points receives consistent praise from his audiences.  Mr. Lipton is the editor of From Crisis to Crossroads: Gay Men Living with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities (Haworth Press) and has published many clinical articles and book chapters in psychology and social service journals over the past two decades. (Read More…)

Danny Yeung, MD, CCFP, CGPP, FCFP

Danny Yeung, MD, CCFP, CGPP, FCFP, Head of International Development and Senior Faculty of the AEDP™ Institute, is a trainer and supervisor of AEDP for post-graduate mental health professionals in Hong Kong, China, United States and Canada.

An Assistant Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine with cross appointment at Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Danny also serves as a Consultant Physician / Psychotherapist of Assertive Community Treatment Team and Mental Health Court Support Program for the Department of Psychiatry of Mount Sinai Hospital. (Read More…)

Carrie Ruggieri, LMHC, BCETS

Carrie Ruggieri, LMHC, BCETS is an active member of the AEDP Institute and a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress with a practice in Providence, Rhode Island. Ms. Ruggieri’s practice focuses on helping individuals who suffer the effects of trauma experienced in childhood or adolescence. In addition to talk therapy, Carrie uniquely offers equine-assisted therapy; horses provide her patients comfort, help strengthen self-assertion, facilitate the experience of direct access to emotions, and facilitate the experience of mindful presence.

Ms. Ruggieri brings experience working with children in foster care who are suffering attachment traumas, as well as experience with children and adults who have suffered the traumatic loss of a partner, parent, or child. (Read More…)