Timothy J. Beyer, PhD
Timothy J. Beyer, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, trainer, and consultant. Co-founder of the Center for Courageous Living in Beverly Hills, California, he has been training in and practicing AEDP for many years. With a firm belief in the power of relationships to heal, Dr. Beyer works collaboratively with clients and trainees to achieve profound and lasting results. Dr. Beyer earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota, and an MA and PhD in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Beyer works in the Quality Improvement Division of the County of Los Angeles, Department of Mental Health. He has many years of experience working in university and business settings providing consultation, supervision and training as well as therapy and psychological assessment. Currently, he conducts an ongoing AEDP training group in Minneapolis. Originally from Minnesota, Dr. Beyer now resides in West Hollywood, California with his husband and two terriers.
Victoria Cheung, MM
Victoria Cheung, MM, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Toronto. She is trained in AEDP with Danny Yeung and has been assisting in training and supervision of Hong Kong colleagues since 2005. She received her certification in AEDP in 2010. Ms. Cheung is the co-author with Senior Faculty Member, Danny Yeung of The Rainbow After: Psychological Trauma and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, and the lead author of Portrait of the Soul, a work that deeply resonates with AEDP. She has written in Chinese, produced and directed sixteen educational DVDs and CDs that are instrumental to the learning and the growth of the AEDP community in Hong Kong.
Cammy Suk Ying Cheung, RSW
Cammy Suk Ying Cheung, RSW, received her undergraduate and masters training in Social Work at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Edinburgh, respectively. She is a registered social worker (RSW) and a certified supervisor (HKPCA) in Hong Kong. Currently, Ms. Cheung is a supervisor for school social workers in secondary school settings in a voluntary agency and an exco-member, counselor and group facilitator for the Dance With Depression Association, working with patients with depression and anxiety. Ms. Cheung specializes in treating adolescents and their families who are dealing with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, mental illness, child abuse, suicide and family violence. She has conducted trainings in counseling and therapy in social work both in Hong Kong and China. Ms. Cheung has been in AEDP supervision and training with Danny Yeung, MD since 2006. In addition to AEDP, Ms. Cheung uses a combination of the Satir Model, Structural Family Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Emotion-Focused Couple's Therapy, EMDR and Somatic Experiencing. She has taught at universities in Hong Kong, Australia and China, including City University of Hong Kong, Polytechnic University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Monash University (Australia) and Sun-Yat Sang University (China). Ms. Cheung has been providing AEDP peer supervision for junior AEDP supervisees since 2009. In addition, she conducted workshops on AEDP for social workers and counselors from foster care services, school social workers and counseling services for the past two years in Hong Kong and China. She published more than 30 papers for international conferences, journals, book chapters and newsletters, as well as articles about the application of AEDP for working with clients with depression. As a therapist at the AEDP clinic for the Mental Health Association, Ms. Cheung has worked on integrating relational, intra-psychic and experiential elements into her clinical practice and developing and translating AEDP materials for the Chinese community.
Donna Fraser, LMFT
Donna Fraser, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Francisco since 1997. She is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies where she received her Master's degree in Drama Therapy. Ms. Fraser comes to AEDP with a background in social work, somatics and experiential therapies. She is a founding member of AEDP West in the San Francisco Bay Area and received certification as an AEDP therapist in January 2008. She was a member of the first AEDP Core Training taught on the west coast by Dr. Ron Frederick. She feels honored to have received extensive training and consultation in AEDP from Ron Frederick, PhD; Diana Fosha, PhD; and Benjamin Lipton, LCSW. Ms. Fraser's drive to understand how change happens, and specifically, how we can help clients mobilize toward health and healing, led her to AEDP. She feels grateful to be practicing psychotherapy at a time when it is informed by so many contributions from other fields – attachment theory, neuroscience, somatics, emotion theory and mindfulness - making our practice of psychotherapy more effective, a powerful tool for change, and an art that is a pleasure to practice. In addition to her work with individuals, Ms. Fraser also works with couples from an attachment-based, emotion-focused perspective. She has trained extensively in EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples) and PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy).
Kate Halliday, LCSW
Kate Halliday, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Ithaca New York. Over the course of a long career, Kate has been influenced and enlivened by a wide variety of teachers and experiences. She began her career as a nursery school and elementary school teacher, and went on to train as a clinical social worker after her three children were born. As a writer and a pragmatist, she was initially drawn to Solution Oriented and Narrative therapy. A longing to feel more effective in treating trauma led her to train in EMDR in 2000, and in 2009 she began learning AEDP. Kate fell in love with the model from the start, and in the years since has enjoyed every moment of every AEDP-related experience.
After several years of assisting in Essential Skills courses in New York, Kate decided that she needed to generate an AEDP community in her own area of Central New York State. She's been offering AEDP groups to local clinicians there since 2016, and is delighted to report that the project has taken wings. There are currently three groups learning and being supervised in AEDP. The Central New York State chapter hosts other AEDP presenters, and convenes at daylong retreats for study of specific skills and topics.
Kate currently supervises both in her office and over Zoom. She's been pleased to discover that the process of remote meeting turns out to offer most if not all of the emotional intimacy and efficacy of in person sessions. Especially for those of us in far-flung locations, online supervision, and even therapy, offers an opportunity for personal and professional growth (and delight!).
Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW
Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW, is an author, Certified AEDP therapist (2010) and Supervisor who has been active in the AEDP commuity since 2004. Hendel is also a psychoanalyst, graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy in 2008. Hilary has a depp education in the biological sciences (Bronx High School of Science, Biochemistry major at Wesleyan, DDS from Columbia) part of her continuing interest in neuroscience which is an important element of what "clicked" for her in early AEDP training.
Since becoming involved in AEDP, Hendel has become increasingly more passionate about educating the general public on emotions. Her book, It's Not Always Depression: Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self was published by Random House (US) and Penguin (UK) in February, 2018 with a forward by Diana Fosha. The book includes patient stories showing how people move from defenses and trauma to healing plus dynamic exercises to help lay people connect with healing emotions and ease anxiety and depression. Hilary writes a blog called The Change Triangle where she writes about AEDP, emotions, trauma recovery and tips on daily living. And Hilary was the mental health consultant for the TV show MadMen.
Robin Kerner, PhD
Robin Kerner, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been immersed in AEDP since 2005. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the City University of New York, where she was first exposed to Dr. Fosha and short-term dynamic psychotherapy. After following her for several years, Dr. Kerner began formal training with Dr. Fosha with the Immersion Course followed by three years of Core Training and individual supervision. She has been an active member of the AEDP community ever since. Dr. Kerner is also trained in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), Internal Family Systems (IFS) Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), and Motivation Interviewing (MI), all of which she integrates into her AEDP orientation. She hopes to accumulate even more acronyms in the coming years. Dr. Kerner is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. In these roles, Dr. Kerner teaches, trains, and supervises staff in AEDP and other short-term dynamic and emotion-based psychotherapies. Dr. Kerner also maintains a private practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where she provides private and group supervision in AEDP. She is often joined in her sessions by her certified therapy dog, Magic, who while not formally trained in AEDP, certainly embodies secure attachment and emotional attunement. Prior to her career in psychology, Dr. Kerner worked as a television producer and also provides technical consultation and video editing services to the AEDP community. That being said, like all of us, she has been known to review a disc of a great session only to find it silent, out of focus, or recorded with the camera turned off!
Ben Medley, LCSW
Ben loves supervising clinicians learning AEDP! He has a private practice in NYC where he works with individuals and couples and supervises both in-person and online. In addition to being a certified AEDP Supervisor, Ben is also a certified Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples (EFT) Supervisor. He has presented nationally and internationally, including co-presenting with AEDP faculty member Ben Lipton the workshop Feeling Like a Man: Using AEDP to Overcome Shame and Heal Attachment Trauma both with AEDP West in California and in New York City. He has also presented and taught with the Essential Skills course in Parma, Italy; presented in Ithaca with the Central New York AEDP community; has assisted with the NY Immersion Course with Diana Fosha; and has assisted in Essential Skills courses with Natasha Prenn, Ben Lipton and Eileen Russell. Ben also created and launched AEDP Jumpstart, a short-term AEDP supervision group for those beginning AEDP supervision and/or beginning to review video of clinical material. Before private practice, Ben began a mental health program for study abroad students with the Scuola Lorenzo di Medici in Florence, Italy; worked in the Jewish Board of Family Services LGBTQ Unit; and worked in Greenwich House's HIV Mental Health and Chemical Dependency programs. He recently wrote a paper entitled Overcoming Shame and Healing Attachment Trauma with Gay Men: Integrating Affirmative Therapy with AEDP (currently in submission.) Ben earned his degree in Clinical Social Work with the NYU Silver School of Social Work.
Regina Pontes, MS
Regina Pontes, MS and AEDP Certified Supervisor has devoted her professional life to psychotherapy and the understanding of emotions and how they can lead to transformative life-changing experiences. She is a professor, clinical psychologist and supervisor, and couples therapist. Since 1992, Ms. Pontes has been a professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro’s Psychology Department (PUC) teaching Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment and Clinical Training. Alongside her academic journey she worked for 20 years at the Santa Casa da Misericórdia General Hospital of Rio de Janeiro in the Psychiatric Service of the Psychotherapy Department, leading psychotherapy group sessions, teaching Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy and working with individual and group clinical treatments. She has also extensive training in Somatic Experiencing and Mindfulness Instructor from Mindfulness Training International.
Ms. Pontes` background and training have always been Integrative Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy in individual and group models. She obtained her Master's Degree by developing a Focal Dynamic Group Psychotherapy Model, which she worked extensively and intensely for ten years, expanding group psychotherapy for specific contexts. After being introduced to Dr. Fosha’s theory, she attended the Immersion Courses 1 and 2, workshops and seminars where she was trained by Dr. Kari Gleiser. Since then, she has focused her interest on AEDP’s expansion in the academic milieu, giving workshops and lectures in Rio de Janeiro. Since the vocational and professional training of new clinicians have always been one of her greatest passions, she, together with Maria Candida Soares, created the first AEDP-Brasil Institute where she coordinates and ministers a two-year course AEDP-NeuroPsychoTherapy, developing academic instruction and clinical training in AEDP. For more information, visit www.institutonpt.com.br or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact 55 21 2579-3568 / 55 21 99967-4771
Judy Silberstein, LCSW
I have been an experiential trauma therapist for over 25 years and have a private practice in NYC, having studied psychodrama, IFS and EMDR. I’m a Certified Bioenergetic analyst, trainer and supervisor and specialize in relational somatic therapy–the client’s lived history in their body and how to synthesize that with AEDP.
I have been in small group/individual supervision with Diana Fosha & Natasha Prenn and have assisted in several Essential Skills 1&2, Immersion(s) and the AEDP Retreat. I am the co-chair of AEDP Metro NYC - a salon style learning community.
I love helping therapists make the transition to videotaping; how to talk about it with new clients; how to introduce taping to established clients AND most importantly how we can make this process safe and comfortable for you...together!
Jessica Slatus, LCSW
Jessica Slatus, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Boulder, CO. Jessica is a Certified AEDP therapist and supervisor and has been in training with Natasha Prenn and Diana Fosha since completing the inaugural Essential Skills class in 2010-2011. She has assisted at the Essential Skills 1 and 2 and Immersion Courses in New York City and presented alongside Natasha Prenn at the 2014 AEDP NYC Seminar Series in a workshop entitled “True Self, True Other, True Other: Undoing Aloneness and Co-Creating Transformational Experience in the Therapeutic and Supervisory Relationships.”
Prior to finding AEDP, she worked as a bilingual clinician at an outpatient mental health clinic of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and as a staff therapist at both the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB) and the Sexual Addiction Treatment and Training Institute. She has a post-masters certificate in the treatment of eating disorders from CSAB, and is currently writing a paper about working with eating disorders using AEDP.
Jessica received her Masters degree in Social Work from New York University and her undergraduate degree in Spanish from Vassar College. Her clinical interests include working cross-culturally and cross-linguistically using AEDP, the application of AEDP to work with eating disordered patients, and the intersection of trauma and eating disorders. She is available for both psychotherapy and supervision.
Maria Candida S. Soares
Maria Candida S. Soares holds a psychology degree from PUC-RJ (1973). She initiated her clinical training at IBRAPSI (Brazilian Institute for Psychoanalysis, Groups and Institutions), attending adults in her private practice. In the 1990’s she felt the need for new sources of tools and theories, and, therefore, studied Brief Psychotherapy based on ISTDP and more specifically, the Leigh McCullough’s theory, and graduated from the Department of Psychiatry at Santa Casa da Misericordia Hospital in Rio de Janeiro (1998). After graduation from this course, she became part of the staff as teacher and supervisor and conducted therapeutic groups for eating disorders and unemployed people. Her first encounter with AEDP happened when Diana Fosha came to Brazil to facilitate a workshop in 2000. The focus on the relational dyad, the clear picture of emotional moments expressed during the session and the human approach were some of the AEDP elements that enchanted and captivated her. Since then Maria Candida participated in the following activities: The Clinical Phenomenology of Emotion – Workshop facilitated by Diana Fosha and Leslie Greenberg (Adelphi University, New York, 2002); Immersion Course I (New York, 2011) and Immersion Course II with Diana Fosha (Esalen, CA, 2012); and Core Training plus supervision with Kari Gleiser. She was certified both as AEDP psychotherapist (2014) and AEDP supervisor (2015).
In 2006, after translating Diana Fosha’s book The Transforming Power of Affect to Portuguese, she and Regina Pontes launched an independent course taught in AEDP format in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and created, with Diana’s approval, the AEDP Brazil Institute. Maria Candida also studied with Marion Hendricks in her course “Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy” and held an extension course degree in ‘Somatic Experience’ from the Brazilian Association of Trauma. She is co-author of the book Virando gente: a história do nascimento psíquico (Becoming Someone: the story of the psychic birth), that describes different aspects of child development and intersubjectivity, subjects she finds fascinating.
Anna Christina Sundgren M.A
Anna Christina Sundgren M.A., Licensed Psychotherapist, teacher and Supervisor. She runs a private practice in Stockholm, Sweden since 18 years. Anna Christina became a certified AEDP-therapist in 2015, and an AEDP Supervisor in 2016. Before she became a licensed psychotherapist she worked as a High School teacher in Literature and Adult Education. Anna Christina also studied Jungian Psychology. She is trained in Short-term Dynamic Therapy and is a Mindfulness Instructor. She has worked with domestic violence treatment, especially group therapy with male perpetrators. Since many years she has been a supervisor for social workers, therapists and health professionals besides her client work. Anna Christina has supervised therapy students in Infant Observations, a relational attachment focused model inspired of AEDP. Since 2016 she supervises therapists in AEDP training, both indivually and in groups. She has assisted Immersion Course with Diana Fosha and she has assisted in Essential Skills in Stockholm, Sweden and Parma, Italy, where she also presented her own clinical work. She has done several AEDP-presentations and workshops, and an Introduction Course in AEDP. Anna Christina is a devoted AEDP therapist and supervisor who loves helping therapists to grow and flourish through AEDP while creating safety and a warm and caring atmosphere, a platform for exploration together. She also provides Zoom Supervision.
Martina Verba is a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor in private practice in Westchester County. She fell in love with AEDP when she took the Immersion course in 2008. She has assisted multiple times at the NYC Immersion course with Diana Fosha, Essential Skills 1 and 2 with Natasha Prenn, and the retreat-style Essential Skills course with Ben Lipton and Eileen Russell. Martina is a member of the AEDP NYC-Metro steering committee, a moderator for the listserv, and a post-treatment interviewer for the AEDP research program. She has extensive experience working with patients with eating disorders; she has written and presented on the use of AEDP in treating this population.
Prior to finding AEDP, Martina worked as an eating disorder specialist at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, a staff therapist at Harvard University’s mental health service, an adjunct professor at Simmons College, and the Director of Counseling at a program for at-risk youth in Boston. She is the co-author of a chapter on safety in connection among at-risk adolescent girls in Urban Girls Revisited: Building Strengths (NYU Press, 2007).
She received her undergraduate degree in from Harvard University, her Master of Social Work from Columbia University, her Master of Public Health from Harvard University, and her Doctor of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.
Martina brings authenticity, a sense of humor, and a profound appreciation for the process and practice of AEDP to her work with clients and supervisees.
Judy Wong, MFT
Judy Wong, MFT, was deeply inspired by and found much resonance with AEDP Senior Faculty Member Danny Yeung's work when attending the 2006 Hong Kong Immersion course. In 2007, she participated in Danny Yeung's first Core Training group and since 2009 has been a peer supervision facilitator for Hong Kong Core Trainings. Through these years of AEDP exposure, Ms. Wong's clinical repertoire has been deeply enriched and expanded. With previous training in Marriage & Family Therapy, Somatic Experiencing and mindfulness, it is natural for her to integrate her knowledge and skills in AEDP in working with individuals and couples for affect regulation, deepening attachment bond between members of couples, enhancing self reflective capacity and neural integration. Ms. Wong shares the vision and passion of disseminating AEDP in China. She is especially interested in working with complex trauma in mainland China, focusing on fine tuning AEDP with the recognition of their distinct history and cultural features.
Kwok Wing Wu
Kwok Wing Wu is a registered clinical psychologist working for the Mental Health Association of Hong Kong. Inspired by the work of Dr. Fosha, he has received five-years of advanced training in AEDP with Dr. Yeung. He worked closely with Dr. Yeung and his colleagues to establish the first centre based AEDP service in Hong Kong that serves the local Chinese community. With tremendous support from the MHAHK, he coordinated all trainings, supervision, services and publications in Hong Kong. The journey of his learning in AEDP reached a climax in 2010 when Dr. Fosha came to Hong Kong. From her direct teaching, he further developed a deep sense of trust with the essence of AEDP, experiencing a sense of coming home in the journey of his work in psychotherapy.