Three days with SueAnne Piliero
Transform Trauma and Toxic Shame through “Fierce Love”:
Using the AEDP Therapist’s Bold, Embodied Presence

(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.

Working with complex trauma and toxic shame requires not just learning theory or techniques, but also building capacity within our SELVES to “be with” and “stay with” deep emotional pain, grief, shame, rage, unbearable aloneness.

It requires a strong therapeutic presence; leading boldy; co-regulating; psycho-biologically attuning to our patients, our self, and the dyad.
It requires fiercely advocating and championing our patients’ capacity to heal and be whole when they see and feel nothing but darkness.

In short, it requires the courage and capacity to practice from the “inside out.”

Not an easy task.

This workshop is based on AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), which champions our innate healing capacities. AEDP has roots in and resonances with many disciplines — among them interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, emotion theory and affective neuroscience, body-focused approaches, and last but not least, transformational studies. AEDP uses specific intervention strategies for working explicitly, dyadically, and experientially with intense unresolved traumatic emotions. These transform suffering and foster patients’ feeling deeply recognized and understood, safe and secure, and as a result, increasingly capable to reconnect to their Core Authentic Self.

In this three-day workshop, we will explore in depth what therapeutic presence really means, and how to bring our Selves more fully into the therapeutic relationship in order to enhance, deepen and accelerate the healing process. Through lecture and videotape of actual sessions you will see, hear, and witness how the most powerful tool in our clinical toolkit is the therapist’s strong, embodied presence.  Afternoons will be spent practicing the skills that you learned in the morning.

In this course you will learn how to:

  • Strengthen your ability to be more present, more fully engaged, and make more purposeful use of your own emotional experience in your work with patients.
  • Recognize the ways in which your own “affect phobias” can get in the way of your patients’ healing process.
  • Accelerate, enhance the healing process by “leading” more and advocating more fiercely on behalf of your patients
  • Work with “child parts” to heal Trauma and connect to one’s Core Authentic Self
  • Apply various relational interventions in working with toxic shame and blame
 Transform maladaptive beliefs about Self and Other through cognitive restructuring and uncoupling dynamics


The key ingredients to developing a Strong, Embodied presence: Attunement, co-regulation, and micro-moment-to-moment tracking of patient, therapist, and dyad.  Going “beyond mirroring” by actively stepping in to help or support the healing journey.


The Intimacy of Moment-to-Moment Relational Work. Experiential work with the experience of attachment (both to Self and Other) and intersubjective experiences.  Making explicit use of the therapist’s affective engagement to undo the patient’s aloneness in the face of trauma. The processing of pathogenic fear, shame, and self loathing associated with attachment trauma.


Therapeutic Stance: “Fierce Love.” Working with entrenched defenses by actively advocating on the parts of the patient’s self that have been rejected or disavowed. Speaking the truth on behalf of the patient’s Core Authentic Self when s/he is unable to.

This three-day workshop will be translated from English into French ( most probably simultaniaously) 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 : thursday 23rd to saturday 25th january 2020

Duration: 18 to 21 hours on 3 consecutive days

Location: Paris, intra-muros (the logistical information will be provided to registrants in the fall of 2019)

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

Course fee: 625 euros 
535 euros early bird (registration received before June 30, 2019)
To register please follow this link Ticketing : Séminaire d’Introduction à l’AEDP
! Cancellation, refund: If we unfortunately have to cancel these three days of introduction (force majeure,…), we can only refund each participant his registration fee (535€ or 625€)! Accommodation and/or transportation costs incurred will not be reimbursed.
! By registering for this training, you declare that you have read and accepted the conditions stipulated in the Agreement.

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.