Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) At its essence, AEDP is a change-based, healing oriented model that focuses on connection and the experience of connection. It is an experiential model that privileges authentic emotional experience in the here and now and in the context of a safe environment. AEDP seeks to engage previously overwhelming and feared emotions, that when unprocessed are energy draining and process them through a state transformation -of feeling bad to feeling good. Accelerated refers to the fact that big change can happen quickly. Experiential means the therapist works experientially taking advantage of the healing power of emotions -Mining the gold – until the waves are over and the experience now feels good. Dynamic refers to how the past influences the present, how attachment experiences get internalized, and how new experiences with safe and loving others leads to healing. AEDP takes the latest neuroscience and developmental research and puts it into practice.
From AEDP website: Crisis and suffering provide opportunities to awaken extraordinary capacities that otherwise might lie dormant, unknown and untapped. AEDP is about experientially making the most of these opportunities for both healing and transformation. Key to its therapeutic action is the undoing of aloneness and thus, the establishment of the therapeutic relationship experienced as both safe haven, and secure base. Once that’s established, we work with emotional experience, working experientially toward healing trauma and suffering, and toward expanding emergent positive transformational experiences. AEDP seeks to clinically make neuroplasticity happen. Championing our innate healing capacities, AEDP has roots in and resonances with many disciplines — among them interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, emotion theory and affective neuroscience, body-focused approaches, and last but not least, transformational studies. For more information visit aedpinstitute.org