Reviews of books, videos and other material explaining AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy).
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Brief Description of AEDP
AEDP is comprised of three things:
- Core Understandings
- A Process
- A Set of Tools
1. Core Understandings
- Psychopathology results from unwilled and unwanted aloneness in the face of overwhelming emotional experience (Fosha, 2000)
- People have an in-build capacity for self-healing
- In therapy, healing can begin to take place right from the beginning
2. A Process
- Careful observation has resulted in noting a series of stages through which people pass in a one-on-one conversation on the road to deep healing and vitality. The transition between the stages can be detected by observing visible indicators called “affective markers”.
- Four states can be observed:
- Core Affective Experiences/Core feelings
- Transformational Experiences/Experience of Change
- Core State/Truth Statements and a Coherent Narrative
3. A Set of Tools
- What moves people forward through these stages is what occurs in the moment between the two people. Observation of how this happens has led to a set of tools which can rapidly accelerate the process.
- Learning AEDP then is learning how to observe the markers and use the tools.
- The tools are not used uniformly or indiscriminately but are useful for different stages of the process.
The primary tools are:
- 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.
- Co-creating safety through empathy and self-disclosure
- Moment to moment tracking
Noticing small changes in posture, movement, facial expressions, eyes and voice.
- Making the implicit explicit
“I just noticed a big sigh—tell me about it!”, “I’m feeling very moved by what you just said”
- Slowing down the process
“Stay with that”, “What’s coming up now?”
- Metatheraputic Processing
“What is it like to have done this with me?”
- 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”
- Affirming and delighting in the client
- Because AEDP is rooted in observation of human behaviour, it is more descriptive than prescriptive, and so gives room for each person to work in a way that is natural to them.