Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
AEDP is a psychotherapeutic approach which draws on our understanding of neuroplasticity, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, emotion theory, affective neuroscience and body-focused approaches.
It places emphasis on ‘undoing aloneness’ through an affirming, actively engaged, empathic therapeutic relationship. This caring environment allows difficult feelings to be faced so that the innate self-righting mechanisms and adaptive tendencies in emotions can be released. So, while working experientially with difficult emotions, AEDP therapists also look for the emergence of new and healing experiences to provide clients with resilience and resources that support psychological well-being.
AEDP takes a ‘whole-brain’ approach, working with right-brain emotion first, then recruiting left-brain organisation to articulate emotional experience and provide a narrative. Alternating between affective experience and cognitive reflection creates an integrated state of self-acceptance as well as enriching feelings of flow, clarity, calm, compassion and curiosity.