Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy

AEDP (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy) privileges positive experiences over pathology.

This deep, powerful approach integrates research findings from attachment theory, developmental studies, contemporary affective neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, and somatic therapies.  AEDP practitioners explicitly draw on the therapeutic relationship to create conditions of safety that nurture clients’ innate potential for resilience, growth, and healing.  From the get-go, we help our clients access this wired-in, human capacity. Together, from this secure healthy base, we explore and tend to the places that need healing.  In this way we undo aloneness and restore optimal development.

AEDP therapists recognize that change often involves letting go of strategies that people initially developed to protect themselves. Giving up familiar patterns and habits (even those which are no longer helpful or adaptive) can be scary. AEDP therapists skillfully help clients regulate anxiety in the face of change.  We support clients to tune into the wisdom of their core, adaptive feelings. When experienced fully, these healthy emotions provide important information about basic needs and guide people to act in ways that better fulfill these needs. This empowers our clients to live more fully and freely, with greater satisfaction.

This inviting, experiential approach is particularly well suited to clients who want to enhance their sense of connection with themselves and others, and to people who want to experience greater self esteem and self-trust.

Info from Cascadia AEDP 

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Nancy Porter, LCSW


9:00 am-5:00 pm


10:00 am-7:00 pm


10:00 am-7:00 pm


10:00 am-7:00 pm