615 – The Power of Embodied Presence

Transform Trauma with AEDP
SueAnne Piliero

Working with trauma and attachment wounds requires a strong therapeutic presence. When clients see and feel only darkness, it’s up to us to lead boldly, attune closely, and fiercely champion their capacity to heal and be whole. Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) emphasizes the undoing of aloneness for clients in crisis and establishes the therapeutic relationship as a safe haven and secure base. In this workshop, with the help of recorded sessions showing clinicians exhibiting a strong, embodied presence, you’ll discover:

  • How to use your Self as a healing mechanism through disclosure about your feelings, explicit sharing of your clients’ impact on you, and offering clients, in the here and now, the support they never received from caregivers
  • How to work with clients’ wounded child parts to build self-compassion, minimize defenses, and reduce shame
  • Specific tools, such as cognitive restructuring and uncoupling dynamics, to transform maladaptive beliefs like I’m unworthy of love, It was all my fault, or you’ll hurt me if I get close to you.


SueAnne Piliero, PhD, is senior faculty and a founding member of the AEDP Institute. She provides AEDP training and consultation to mental health professionals around the world.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: SueAnne Piliero is in private practice. She is a founding member of the AEDP Institute.
Non-financial: SueAnne Piliero has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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