SueAnne Piliero, PhD, has been working with Dr. Diana Fosha, the founder of AEDP, for nearly 20 years. She is senior faculty and a founding member of the AEDP Institute. Dr. Piliero travels nationally and internationally to teach AEDP to a broad range of clinical audiences. She has given seminars and experiential workshops to various universities and health organizations nationwide. She is a lead trainer and a well sought after individual and small group consultant for clinicians around the world. She is known for her warm, open, engaging teaching style and her ability to communicate complex topics with humor and clarity. Dr. Piliero received her doctorate from Adelphi University, and her master's degree in human development and psychology from Harvard. Her clinical interests and specialties are in trauma, PTSD, dissociation, and the ways in which the mind, body, spirit is powerfully poised to transform them. She teaches, supervises and is in private practice in New York City.

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SueAnne Piliero

Transforming Trauma: Using the AEDP Therapist's Bold, Embodied Presence
August 13-17, 2018

Working with trauma and attachment wounds requires not just learning the 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 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.

In this course we will go over how to:

  • Strengthen your ability to be more present, 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 our patients' healing process.
  • How to use your Self as a Healing Mechanism (e.g. through self disclosure of feelings and patient's impact on you)
  • How to work with shame and pathogenic affects
  • Transform maladaptive beliefs about Self and Other through cognitive restructuring and uncoupling dynamics

The Key ingredients to developing a Strong, Embodied presence leading from a centered, open, grounded place within our Selves. Staying present, not only to the client's emotions, but also your own. Going "beyond mirroring" by actively stepping in to help or support the healing journey.


Attunement & Co-Regulation Micro, moment-to-moment tracking of patient, therapist, and dyad. Providing emotional scaffolding via presence, vocalizations, body, prosody.


The Intimacy of Moment-to-Moment Relational Work. Explicit and experiential work with the experience of attachment and of intersubjective delight.


Undoing Aloneness: A Key Ingredient In Transforming Trauma & the Self 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" 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. Explicitly holding the hope even when the client has none.

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We are delighted to welcome SueAnne Piliero in her first appearance at the Institute!

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