The Neurobiology of Healing: A Framework for Undoing Aloneness and Doing Transformational Work in AEDP
NYC Congress Attachment and Trauma
Diana Fosha, PhD
New York City
Over the last decades, the studies on the brain and on psychotherapy have un- derlined that what happens within the therapist-patient dyad has an impact on the microarchitecture of the brain. Furthermore, with the passing of time, the relation- ship between the development of several areas of the brain during the process of growth and the experiences that each individual makes later on, has been increas- ingly explored. Consequently, not only researchers have succeeded in understand- ing the links between the different areas of the human brain, but they have also become aware of the influence that the functioning of some specific areas of the brain has on the mental health (or the psychopathology) of each human being. Be- sides this, these studies have shown the effects of every individual’s relationships on the development and the functioning of his/her brain all over the course of life.
Modern psychotherapy, based on both neurophysiology and neurobiology, has been increasingly oriented towards the creation of a therapeutic relationship where the therapist has a mindful attitude to his/her own patient, while the latter can make new experiences, which are able to change his/her neural patterns of functioning and to make them healthier.
Some of the most eminent experts in the fields of Cognitive Neurophysiology, Neurobiology and Psychotherapy, will meet in New York to attend the Congress “Attachment and Trauma: The Neurobiology of Healing” – organized, for the very first time, in the “Big Apple”, near the vibrant Times Square – to share and integrate their vast knowledge on this subject. After a 60-minute intervention, each speaker will focus on a 30-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Finally, at the end of each day, all the speakers that have made a presentation will gather in a 180-minute panel discussion, to further analyze different specific topics.
Meet the Presenter
Diana Fosha, PhD
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.
Date, Time and Location
Date: October 22, 2017
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
1515 Broadway at W. 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Fees and Registration
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm