Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) is an integrative, nonpathologizing, attachment-, emotion-, and transformation-focused therapy model. AEDP assumes a healthy core within all people, emphasizes adaptive motivational strivings, works actively and explicitly to create the experience of safety in the therapeutic relationship, and stresses the importance of experiential work with adaptive and affective change processes. The central agent of change in AEDP is the experiential processing of bodily based emotional experiences, with the active help of a trusted other in the context of a therapeutic relationship that is experienced as safe, affirming, helpful, and emotionally engaged. The experiential processing of emotions has two aspects: The first involves the processing of previously unbearable emotional experiences, that is, emotions such as anger, fear, grief, or disgust, that are ...

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