AEDP Institute

Director and Founder

Diana Fosha, PhD

Diana Fosha

Diana Fosha, Ph.D., is the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), and Founder and Director of the AEDP Institute.  For the last 20 years, she has been active in promoting a scientific basis for AEDP's healing-oriented experiential therapy, a treatment for attachment trauma that seamlessly entrains attachment, emotion and transformational processes. With an interest in the phenomenology of experience, Diana is on the cutting edge of transformational theory and practice. AEDP’s transformational theory, a basis for putting neuroplasticity into clinical action, is similarly receiving increasing recognition. Changing how we think about change, she is opening up exciting possibilities for what can happen in psychotherapy.

Diana Fosha is the author of The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change (Basic Books, 2000), and of numerous articles and chapters on healing transformational processes in experiential psychotherapy and trauma treatment, which integrate neuroplasticity, recognition science, affective neuroscience and developmental dyadic research into AEDP. Diana is senior editor, with Daniel Siegel and Marion Solomon, of The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice (Norton, 2009), part of Norton’s Interpersonal Neurobiology series, and co-author, with Natasha Prenn, of Essentials of AEDP Supervision (APA, 2016). The APA (American Psychological Association) has issued 2 DVDs of her live clinical work with patients, and 1 DVD of her live clinical supervision. [Learn more and purchase here.]

She has contributed chapters to, among others,  Healing Moments in Psychotherapy, edited by Daniel Siegel and Marion Solomon (Norton, 2013); Advances in contemplative psychotherapy: Accelerating transformation, edited by Loizzo, Neale & Wolfe (Norton, 2017); Clinical pearls of wisdom: 21 leading therapists offer their key insights, edited by M. Kerman (Norton, 2009); Complex traumatic stress disorders: An evidence-based clinician's guide, edited by C. Courtois & J. D. Ford (Guilford, 2009); Healing trauma: Attachment, mind, body and brain, edited by Marion Solomon and Daniel Siegel (Norton, 2003); and to The comprehensive handbook of psychotherapy, Volume 1: Psychodynamic and object relations therapies, edited by J. J. Magnavita (Wiley, 2002).

Based in New York City, Dr. Diana Fosha graduated magna cum laude with a BA in psychology from Barnard College and received her PhD in clinical psychology from the City College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She has been on the faculties of the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology of NYU and St. Luke's/Roosevelt Medical Centers (now Mount Sinai) in NYC, and of the doctoral programs in clinical psychology at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies and The City University of New York.

Known for her powerful, precise yet simultaneously poetic and evocative writing style, Diana's phrases --- "undoing aloneness," "existing in the heart and mind of the other," "True Other," "make the implicit explicit and the explicit experiential," "stay with it and stay with me," "rigor without shame" and "judicious self-disclosure" -- capture the ethos of AEDP.

Watch Diana's Trusting Vitality video here.