AEDP Training Workshops

AEDP Southwest Presents:

Saturday, June 1st, 9:00AM - 4:30PM in Santa Fe, NM

Exploring Transformative Emotional Processes in AEDP & Spiritual Experiences

Presented by Senior AEDP Faculty Member Kari A. Gleiser, PHD

Saturday, June 1st __ Time TBD

Location: Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Fe, NM

Abstract: Spirituality can be somewhat of a taboo subject in many psychotherapeutic circles, although it is an important dimension in many of our patients’ lives and subjective searches for transcendent meaning. In this workshop, we will explore parallels between emotional elements of transformative experiential psychotherapy and characteristics of spiritual experiences.
Shared phenomena such as deep connection to self and others, gratitude, awe, reverence, compassion, love, expanded states of consciousness, and a truth sense bridge the worlds of psychotherapy and spirituality.

One of the most unique and revolutionary elements of AEDP’s emotional processing trajectory is the focus on the affective markers of the process of change itself. While other emotion-focused therapies may elucidate theories and guide interventions that facilitate the movement from distress and defensive states to the full processing of core adaptive emotions, in AEDP, this is only the first step. In this workshop, we will explore in depth the phenomenology and clinical unfolding of the process of transformation itself. After the turbulence of intense emotional experiencing, how do therapists guide patients to keep the momentum moving through the full process of transformation? We will track the affective markers of transformational experience and core state in a session of a patient with Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorder NOS. We will witness how the swell of powerful emotional experiences such as awe, gratitude and tremulousness herald a new way of apprehending self, other and the world. Finally, we will explore intersections between 1. emotional hallmarks and states of consciousness evoked in AEDP’s State 3 and 4 work, and 2. the transformative power of mystical and spiritual experiences.

Dr. Kari Gleiser completed her doctoral work at Boston University and her internship through Dartmouth Medical School with a focus on trauma and PTSD. In her practice, she specializes in applying AEDP to the treatment of complex trauma, dissociative disorders and personality disorders. Dr. Gleiser is the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Integrative Health in Hanover, New Hampshire, a trauma center dedicated to multi-modal healing of mind, body and spirit. Dr. Gleiser has written several clinical papers and book chapters and has presented widely on applying AEDP to treat dissociative disorders at various international conferences.

What participants have to say about this seminar:

"Excellent presentation and integration of the model. . . and with an engaging speaker . . . Dr. Gleiser is so knowledgeable, intelligent, and accessible . . . This seminar will most certainly influence my next session."

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Dr. Diana Fosha is the developer of A.E.D.P. (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy), and founder and current director of the AEDP Institute, an internationally recognized school that specializes in training therapists in a healing-oriented transformational approach to the treatment of attachment trauma. A leader in the field of transformational studies in trauma treatment, Diana's work on healing transformational processes focuses on integrating neuroplasticity, recognition science and developmental dyadic research into experiential clinical process work with patients. She is the author of The transforming power of affect: A model for accelerated change (Basic Books, 2000) and senior editor, with Daniel Siegel and Marion Solomon, of The healing power of emotion: Affective neuroscience, development & clinical practice (Norton, 2009). 2 DVDs of her live AEDP clinical work has been issued by the American Psychological Association (APA). With an interest in the phenomenology of experience, Diana is on the cutting edge of transformational theory and practice. Many of her papers are available through the AEDP website at

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