AEDP Institute

AEDP Cascadia Autumn 2018 – Training Series

Attuning, Co-regulating, and FIERCE LOVE: Use of the Therapist’s Self in AEDP

Saturday, September 22, 2018
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Being an AEDP therapist requires not just learning the theory or the techniques, but also building the knowledge, awareness, and capacity within our SELFs to “be with” and “stay with,” the depth of emotional pain, shame, anger, grief, unbearable aloneness…

It requires a strong therapeutic presence; leading boldly, fiercely advocating and championing our patients in a verbally and affectively explicit way; finding and “gluing the glimmers” of light when your patients see and feel nothing but darkness within them.

It requires accompanying our patients on emotional journeys that we ourselves may never have been on (and perhaps avoiding because we, too, are afraid to touch that guarded space within us).

It requires that we tend not just to our patients’ affective and relational wounds, but also to our own.

It requires an openness to love and be loved by our patients, even in our authentic moments of doubt or ambivalence.

In short, being an AEDP therapist requires the courage to practice from the “inside out.” Not an easy task.

In this workshop, we will explore in-depth how to bring our SELFs more fully into the therapeutic relationship in order to enhance, deepen and accelerate the healing process.

Through lecture, videotape, and a live demo you will see, hear, and witness how the most powerful tool in our clinical toolkit is our own embodied presence.

By attending this workshop you will be able to:

• Practice your ability to be more present, engaged, and attuned in your work with patients

• Integrate the power of your whole Self, viscerally impacted by your patients’ histories and core affective  experiences, to guide your interventions

• Accelerate, enhance and complete the healing process by “leading” more and advocating more fiercely on behalf of your patients

• Sharpen your moment-to-moment tracking skills focusing on words, affect, and the body

Meet the Presenter

SueAnne Piliero, PhD

SueAnne PilieroSueAnne Piliero, PhD, has been trained and supervised intensively in AEDP, and is a founding member of the AEDP Institute.

Dr. Piliero provides AEDP training to clinicians and graduate students throughout the US, and has given seminars and workshops to various universities and mental health organizations nationwide. She is a lead trainer in the AEDP Essential Skills Course, a lead supervisor of the AEDP Core Training Program in New York City, and oversees the NYC AEDP Seminar Series Program.

Dr. Piliero received her doctorate from Adelphi University, and her master’s degree in human development and psychology from Harvard. Her clinical interests are in trauma, PTSD, loss, dissociation, and the ways in which the mind, body, spirit is powerfully poised to transform them. In addition to AEDP, Dr. Piliero is trained in Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting.

She teaches, supervises and is in private practice in New York City.

Mastery Class and Supervision Workshop

Sunday September 23, 2018
9:00AM – 5:00 PM

This workshop will allow for a more in-depth discussion about what therapeutic presence means and how to strengthen your ability to be more present, engaged, and make more explicit use of your own emotional experience in your work with patients.

We will also explore the ways in which your own “affect phobias” and discomfort with intense emotions, emotional closeness and self regard may be impacting your clinical work.

This is an advanced training for those who have attended the AEDP Immersion or Advanced Skills courses. The group is limited to 25 and there will be an opportunity for 3-5 participants to show tape of their work and receive thoughtful feedback from SueAnne Piliero.

Participants should bring video of work with patients in which they are struggling, feeling challenged, or stuck in some way. Equally welcome is videotape that shows work that you feel is flowing nicely and want to find ways to deepen the affective experience. A strong emphasis will be placed on creating safety within the group and especially for those who are presenting.

Note: If you are new to AEDP we recommend attending the following introductory workshop on the evening of September 21/18. You may also attend the evening on it’s own. 

Healing Attachment Wounds: Introduction to Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

Friday, September 21, 2018
7:00PM – 9:00PM

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) engages clients in the process of healing from the first moment of therapy. AEDP focuses on somatic experience, emotion and the therapy relationship to melt defences, process emotion that is frozen and awaken innate healing energy. The speaker will present the four-state model of change and the very unique elements that AEDP brings that accelerate healing. Videotape of a therapy session will demonstrate how the therapist applies AEDP with a client to help him move from a distant and defended stance to softening and the release of emotion. You will leave this two-hour workshop with some practical and powerful skills for your work as a therapist. For more information on AEDP see .

Presenter: To be announced

Course Fees & Registration

Please note: In order to protect client confidentiality, registration for this workshop is limited to practitioners who have the training and educational qualifications to legally practice as a mental health practitioner, or who are enrolled in formal training  to work in the field.



Event Details:


09/21/2018 - 09/23/2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm