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Transform Trauma through “Fierce Love”: Using the AEDP Therapist’s Bold, Embodied Presence

Being an AEDP therapist requires not just learning the theory or the techniques, but also building the internal capacity within our SELFs to “be with” and “stay with,” deep emotional pain, shame, anger, grief, unbearable aloneness…

Being an AEDP therapist requires a strong therapeutic presence; leading boldly, co-regulating, psychobiologically attuning to our patients, our Self, the relationship and the “space between us.”

Being an AEDP therapist requires advocating and championing our patients’ capacity to heal and be whole when they see and feel nothing but darkness and emptiness. It requires accompanying our patients on emotional journeys that we ourselves may never have been on (and perhaps avoiding because we, too, are afraid to touch that guarded space within us). Being an AEDP requires that we tend to not just our patients’ affective and relational wounds, but also our own.

In short, being an AEDP therapist requires the courage to practice from the “inside out.”

Not an easy task.

In this workshop, we will explore in-depth how to bring our SELFs more fully into the therapeutic relationship—and what stands in the way— in order to enhance, deepen and accelerate the healing process.

Through lecture, videotape, and live demos you will see, hear, and witness how the most powerful tool in our clinical toolkit is our own strong, embodied presence.

This program is for 12.75CE

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.



SueAnne Piliero, Ph.D. is Faculty Emerita and Supervisor. She is also a founding member of the AEDP Institute having worked with Diana Fosha at the very beginning of AEDP and for 20 years thereafter, traveling nationally and internationally to teach AEDP to clinicians and mental health professionals around the world. Dr. Piliero was a lead trainer in the AEDP Institute’s Essential Skills Courses, and a highly sought after consultant. Dr. Piliero is known for her warm, engaging teaching style and her ability to communicate complex topics with humor and clarity. Dr. Piliero has developed a relationally bold clinical method called Fierce Love. Her clinical work, which embodies Fierce Love, powerfully demonstrates how even the most traumatized patients can be transformed. Dr. Piliero received her master’s degree in human development and psychology from Harvard and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Adelphi University. Her clinical interests and specialties are in trauma, dissociation, toxic shame, and the ways in which the mind, body, spirit is powerfully poised to transform them.In addition to AEDP, Dr. Piliero is trained in EMDR, Brainspotting, and Parts work, all of which she weaves into her clinical work. She teaches, consults, and maintains a private practice in New York City.

Target Audience:

Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs, MD’s, Nurses, and Creative Arts Therapists – All Levels


Main Points:

  • Practice your ability to more present, engaged, and psychobiologically attuned to your patients

  • Recognize your own “affect phobias” that get in the way of your patient’s healing journey

  • Enhance your ability to Use your Self as a Healing Mechanism (e.g. through self disclosure of feelings and patient’s impact on you, etc.)

  • Accelerate, enhance and complete the healing process by “leading” more and advocating more fiercely on behalf of your patients

  • Sharpen your moment-to-moment tracking skills focusing on words, affect, resonance, and the body

  • Transform shame, pathogenic affects, core erroneous beliefs about the self and other


Course Objectives:

  • Integrate a more present, engaged and purposeful use of your own emotional experience in your work with clients.

  • Develop a strong, embodied therapeutic Presence

  • Identify the ways in which your own "affect phobias" can get in the way of doing deep, emotional work

  • Utilize (use) your selves more as the corrective emotional experience (e.g. through judicious self disclosure of feelings and patient's impact on you, etc.)

  • Formulate and utilize portrayals in transforming trauma

  • Access and utilize your own healing journey to benefit your patients’ healing journeys

  • Integrate the power of your whole Self, viscerally impacted by your patients’ histories and core affective experiences, to guide your interventions

  • Demonstrate moment-to-moment tracking skills focusing on words, affect, and the body

  • Construct explicit and experiential work with the experience of attachment and intersubjective delight



Friday, November 13, 2020
10:00 – 11:45
Overview of AEDP/Building Receptive Affective Capacity through the use of the Therapist’s SELF
11:45 – 12:00
12:00 – 2:15
Clinical Videotape
2:15 – 2:30    

Saturday, November 14, 2020
10:00 – 11:45     
The relational platform of Fierce Love:  Micro-Attuning, Co-Regulating & Championing the Core Self.
11:45 – 12:00     
12:00 – 2:15    
Clinical Videotape
2:15 – 2:30    

Sunday, November 15, 2020
10:00 – 11:45    
Healing the Self through Parts Work Portrayals
11:45 – 12:00    
12:00 – 1:30    
Live Demo and/or Clinical videotape
1:30 – 2:15   
Is the Therapist ready to go Deep?  What’s required of us? And what gets in the way?
2:15 – 2:30