Transformance Talk 15: AEDP 2.0 Chapter: Historical Context: AEDP’s Place in the world of psychotherapy

Gil Tunnell, PhD and Jenna Osiason, PhD in conversation with Carrie Ruggieri, LMHC, BCETS, Associate Editor of Transformance Journal

This is a recorded Talk that Happened on Wednesday October 26, 2022

The Talk: Jenna and Gil will be discussing with Carrie their chapter, “Historical Context: AEDP’s Place in the World of Psychotherapy,” which was published in Diana Fosha’s edited book, Undoing Aloneness & the Transformation of Suffering into Flourishing: AEDP 2.0, (APA Books, 2021). 

The chapter is perhaps best summarized by Diana in the book’s introduction:
“Chapter 3 addresses AEDP’s place in the history of psychotherapy, parsing the history into three waves of psychotherapeutic movements. Tunnell and Osiason address dimensions such as the psychopathology- versus problem- versus solution-focused orientation of different therapy models; notions of linear versus circular versus dynamic causality; and therapist-as-expert versus patient-as-expert stances.  Discussing AEDP’s stance of nonhierarchical, non-expert connection, its theory of psychopathology as rooted in aloneness, and its focus on transformation and emergence, the authors propose that AEDP 2.0 might represent a fourth wave in the history of psychotherapy.”

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Meet the Presenters

Jenna Osiason, PhD

Jenna Osiason, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and AEDP Supervisor who was a founding member of AEDP Institute and served as Senior Faculty from 2004 until  2021 when she transitioned to her current role as AEDP Faculty Emerita. She began short-term psychotherapy training at the Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Institute of Denville, New Jersey, training in Accelerated Emphatic Therapy. She has been working with Dr. Fosha since 1992 analyzing videotaped psychotherapy sessions, focusing on the use of empathy to restructure defenses. This work has lead to the rich development of AEDP techniques to facilitate treatment and enhance access to core affect, strengthen the experience of self-regulation, and deepen self/other bonds. Dr. Osiason has given workshops on AEDP to mental health sites throughout New York City. (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…)

Gil Tunnell, PhD

Gil Tunnell, PhD, completed a three-year core training in AEDP with Diana Fosha in 2007.  His special interest is applying individual AEDP to couple therapy.  In the late 1980s, he trained in Structural Family Therapy under Salvador Minuchin, M.D., and has written on the differences between Structural Therapy and AEDP (Tunnell, G. (2015). Facilitating transformance for couples: A comparison between Structural Family Therapy and AEDP. Transformance Journal, 6 (1)), and with families (Tunnell, G. (2006), “Postscript 10 years after: ‘The Oedipal Son’ revisited” in S. Minuchin et al, Mastering Family Therapy: Journeys of Growth and Transformation (Wiley).    Dr. Tunnell is co-author with David Greenan of Couple Therapy with Gay Men (Guilford, 2002), and has published widely on working with gay male couples (Tunnell, G. (2012). Gay male couple therapy: An attachment model.  In J. J. Bigner & J. L. Wetchler (Eds.), Handbook of LGBT-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy. Routledge). (Read More…)