AEDP Resources

Reviews of books, videos and other material explaining AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy).

This website reflects the personal views of its authors and is in no way affiliated to the AEDP Institute.

Please note that this website is being rapidly developed (Dec 2017), so check back for more information.

Brief Description of AEDP

AEDP is comprised of three things:

  1. Core Understandings
  2. A Process
  3. A Set of Tools

1. Core Understandings

2. A Process

3. A Set of Tools

The primary tools are:
  1. Privileging the positive, not the pathological
    The natural tendency of therapists is to go to the pathology, but instead they should actively look for what is going well, the new and the different.
  2. Co-creating safety through empathy and self-disclosure
  3. Moment to moment tracking
    Noticing small changes in posture, movement, facial expressions, eyes and voice.
  4. Making the implicit explicit
    “I just noticed a big sigh—tell me about it!”, “I’m feeling very moved by what you just said”
  5. Slowing down the process
    “Stay with that”, “What’s coming up now?”
  6. Metatheraputic Processing
    “What is it like to have done this with me?”
  7. Being a “True Other” to the client
    The client feels they have been seen, met and responded to in a way that was “just right”
  8. Affirming and delighting in the client

Online Resources

Books & DvDs


Fosha, Diana. The Transforming Power Of Affect: A Model For Accelerated Change. Perseus Books, 2000

  • Fosha’s original technique for catalyzing change mandates explicit empathy and radical engagement by the therapist to elicit and harness the patient’s own healing affects. Its wide-open window on contemporary relational and attachment theory ushers in a safe, emotionally intense, experience-based pathway for processing previously unbearable feelings
  • Detailed Book Review By: James Grotstein, APA 2002

Fosha, Diana and Daniel J. Siegel,‎ Marion Solomon (editors). The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology). Norton, 2009

  • Hard-core neuroscience, but absolutely first class content, especially the chapter on EMDR by Dianna Fosha

Prenn, Natasha and Diana Fosha. Supervision Essentials for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (Clinical Supervision Essentials). APA, 2016

  • Although this book is about supervision, it contains one of the clearest overviews of AEDP available. See also the companion DVD.

Journal Articles

Attachment Theory

More recommendations coming soon


Wallin, David J. Attachment in Psychotherapy. Guilford, 2007

  • Although not the lightest reading, this is one of the most comprehensive and up to date book on childhood and adult attachment. The first chapters give an excellent history of the research results.
  • Although this book does not specifically talk about AEDP, it is one of the best theoretical underpinnings of the AEDP model in terms of attachement repair through dyadic relationship.