5-Part AEDP Seminar: Facilitating Transformance 

January 10, February 7, March 7, April 11, and May 9, 2019. 6:00-8:30 pm

Location: Miles Nadal JCC, Bloor and Spadina

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AEDP is a healing-oriented therapy that makes use of the potential for transformance present in every client – no matter how challenged – from the get-go. The axioms “make the implicit explicit,” “make the explicit experiential,” and “make the experiential relational” reflect some of the directions this 4-state model gives us for facilitating positive change in every session. In this seminar, we will have the opportunity to watch and respond to videos of 5 diverse clients at various stages of treatment as they move towards greater clarity, integration, and resilience.

Some of the phenomena we will get to observe and explore together include: the varieties of State 2 experiences; the power of recognition and “undoing aloneness”; “transformance detection” even in the absence of obvious core affect; bypassing and softening defenses; the therapist as an explicit and engaged attachment figure; the use of self-disclosure; working in the transformational spiral of State 3; and using IR AEDP to integrate self-systems fractured by trauma and dissociation.

* Please note: enrollment in this seminar does not count towards AEDP certification. If you are interested in learning more about the training available through the AEDP Institute, I encourage you to read this. You can also contact the coordinator for AEDP Toronto, Simone Levey, at




4-Part Seminar: Transformance in Action

January 10, February 7, March 7, April 4, 2018, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Diana Fosha, creator of AEDP, says that “the potential for transformation is something that resides in the individual from the get-go” and names this “transformance.” In the course of my own learning, I have found that watching AEDP applied with diverse clients has helped to solidify my understanding of the model and what it teaches us about core experience and the drive to transform in all of us.


This seminar provides an opportunity to watch and respond to clinical tapes of 4 different clients moving through AEDP’s 4 states and 3 state transformations in a small group setting. Sessions have been chosen for variation so that we can explore different attachment styles and affective states and how working with these in an explicitly relational and somatic way facilitates change. The seminar is suitable for therapists who are interested in working experientially with affect and have had some introduction to AEDP.

*Please note that I am not an AEDP Trainer and enrolment in this course does not count towards AEDP certification. If you are interested in the AEDP Institute’s training, please visit their excellent website here.

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What remains intact: working with core self in the midst of trauma

Saturday September 30, 2017, 12 – 5 pm

The Elm Room, 2nd Floor
Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre
University of Toronto
89 Chestnut Street

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There is compelling clinical support for the existence of a core self that remains undamaged even by severe psychological trauma. Access to this self is associated with resilience, mental clarity, embodiment, compassion, and change for the better. Incorporating methods from Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Internal Family Systems (IFS), presenter Kristina Kyser will demonstrate the benefits of accessing core self as part of the treatment of severe trauma.

Through lecture and video illustrations of sessions, Kristina will track the steps involved in accessing core self. Attention will be paid to intra-relational work with protective and traumatized parts, making safe and explicit use of the therapist-client attachment, working with the backlash against positive change, the importance of consent, and what core self looks, sounds, and feels like in session.

This workshop will be of interest to therapists working with trauma, whether you are already familiar with AEDP and/or IFS, or working in a different modality and considering incorporating experiential methods.

Coffee and refreshments will be served.

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