The transformation of Emotional Suffering:
Undoing Aloneness & Reclaiming One’s Core Authentic Self in AEDP
(with extensive use of videotaped clinical sessions)

AEDP is one of the fastest growing therapeutic approaches to working with attachment trauma. Its transformational theory, a basis for putting neuroplasticity and attachment theory into clinical action, is receiving increasing recognition worldwide.

Why is AEDP gaining popularity around the world?  Until recently, the mental health field focused on pathology and lacked concepts to capture the motivational strivings for health. Drawing on neuroscience and developmental research, AEDP rectifies this bias towards pathology. AEDP asserts that we are wired for healing, self-righting and for resuming impeded growth.

Building on our natural resilience, AEDP’S therapeutics is based on these innate healing capacities. AEDP’s clinical model shows how to entrain our innate resilience and harness it in treatment. Emphasizing the importance of experiential work with attachment, emotion and transformation, AEDP leverages safety and connection within the therapist-client relationship to facilitate healing through moment-to-moment tracking of the therapeutic process and innovative, experiential intervention strategies.

Videtapes of actual clinical AEDP sessions will be viewed to demonstrate how (i) through the moment-to-moment tracking of bodily rooted experience and dyadic affect regulation (ii) in the context of a relationship in which the individual feels safe and known, (iii) the processing of suffering, i.e., stress-based, traumatizing, painful emotional experiences,  (iv) repairs relational trauma, frees the patient’s fully functioning core self, and (v) naturally culminates in flourishing, i.e., deeply positive experiences of aliveness, hope, faith, clarity, agency, simplicity, compassion, joy, and truth. Key to this is the focus on and experiential processing of the experience of healing transformation in the context of a healing dyad.

In this two-day training, therapists will learn how to:
–Rapidly promote the development of a secure attachment relationship
–Transform anxiety and shame and work with defenses
–Facilitate and regulate a client’s body-based experiencing of emotion
–Target and repair relational pathology and reconnect patients to their core authentic self
— Identify the phenomenology of transformational experience

This two-day workshop will be simultaniaously translated from English into French by bilingual psychologists trained in AEDP for those participants who will wish to (translation helmets).  Participants understanding English well can listen to the event directly in english.

Dates :  friday 14th and saturday 15th of december 2018

Duration: 12 to 14 hours on 2 consecutive days

Location:  Paris, 13e arrondissement (the exact adress will be communicated once you subscribe to the event)

Participants: This training is aimed at all mental health professionals (GP, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychoanalysts), regardless of skill level and/or expertise.

Course fee:  350 euros 
330 euros early bird (registration received before June 30, 2018)
To register please follow this link :

You can find other informations (in french) about the event here.


About the Training Leader:

SueAnne Piliero, PhD, has been working with Dr. Diana Fosha, the founder and developed of AEDP, for nearly 20 years. She is senior faculty and a founding member of the AEDP Institute.

Dr. Piliero travels throughout the US  and internationally to teach AEDP to a broad range of clinical audiences. She is a lead trainer in AEDP and a well sought after individual and small group consultant for clinicians around the world.  She is known for her warm, engaging teaching style and for her ability to communicate complex topics with humor and clarity. Her clinical work, which you will see via videotape of actual sessions, powerfully demonstrates how even the most traumatized patients can be transformed.

Dr. Piliero received her master’s degree in human development and psychology from Harvard and her doctorate degree from Adelphi University. Her clinical interests and specialties are in trauma, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative processes 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 Parts Work and incorporates these modalities into her clinical work.  She teaches, supervises and is in private practice in New York City.


Friday, December 14, 2018

9 am  Welcome and Introduction

9:15  Fundamental Aspects of AEDP

Undoing aloneness, creating a secure base from which previously feared unbearable affects can be accessed and felt, privileging self-righting tendencies, explicit experiential work with relational experience, building receptive affective capacity, are among the many cutting edge theoretical and clinical applications that make AEDP one of the fastest growing approaches to healing attachment trauma.  Clinical videotapes.

10:15  Break

10:30 Clinical Videotape demonstrating AEDP in action

12:00 Q&A; Discussion

12:30 Lunch

1:30 The Phenomenology of Transformational Experience

The main clinical schemas that guide our work in AEDP will be taught, with a special emphasis on The 4 states and 3 state transformations of AEDP and their somatic/affective markers. Clinical videotapes.

3:15 Break

3:30 Dyadic Mindfulness: Existing in the Heart and Mind of the OtherHow metaprocessing of relational experience can be used to deepen therapeutic gains, foster resilience, expand relational capacity and deepen receptive experiences of feeling seen, felt, recognized, and understood. Clinical videotapes

4:30  Discussion


Saturday, December, 2018

9:00  Reflections from Day 1

9:15  Working with Resistance in AEDP

Resistance and deep-seated character armor are major obstacles to accessing one’s core authentic self.  We will explore the various ways in which we work with anxiety, activated states, and staunch defenses in AEDP.  Clinical videotapes.

11:00  Break

 11:15  Working with Intense Emotional Experience in AEDPThe accessing, facilitation, and working through of intense emotional experiences. Processing to completion and the emergence of resilience. Clinical videotapes

12:30 Lunch

1:30  The Power of the Therapist’s Bold, Embodied Presence

In AEDP the therapist IS the intervention.  See how the therapist’s active engagement, her constant lending of her self and “going beyond mirroring” leads to deep healing.  Clinical videotape.

 3:00   Break

3:15  Experiential Exercises

Participants will get a chance to try their skills at AEDP through breaking up into small groups and conducting mini therapy sessions.

4:30  Discussion, Q & A, Metaprocessing of Workshop Experience