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DATE(S): Nov. 5 & 6, 2021 11:00 am – 3:00 pm EDT
LOCATION: Live Interactive Online Webinar
PRESENTER(S): Shari Geller, Ph.D, C.Psych and Benjamin Lipton, LCSW 
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Course Information

Strengthening Therapeutic Relationships: Cultivating Therapeutic Presence in AEDP, EFT and Transtheoretically

Therapeutic Presence is a way of being that reflects a therapist’s full, embodied engagement in the moment in relationship with their clients. Robust research shows that presence supports the development of effective and healing therapeutic relationships – a common factor for effective therapy across many different orientations. Therapeutic presence helps to create a neurophysiologic sense of increased safety for clients and therapists. The relationship becomes a safer and supportive base and a buffer for the painful exploration and transformation of relational trauma through co-regulation of affect and undoing of aloneness. Through the complementary lenses of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), this workshop will address the role of Therapeutic Presence in the service of strengthening therapeutic relationships, psychological healing and transformation.


Shari Geller, Ph.D, C.Psych
Registered Psychologist, #3828 (College of Psychologists of Ontario) Clinical Psychologist, Co-Director, Centre for MindBody Health, Author, Trainer in Therapeutic Presence, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher, Steering Committee and Core Faculty Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) Certificate Program

Benjamin Lipton, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, AEDP Institute Senior Faculty is a founding faculty member of the AEDP Institute. He is based in New York City and travels nationally and internationally to teach and present AEDP to a broad range of professional audiences


Course Objectives

1. Explain the foundational model for therapeutic presence in effective therapy
2. Identify the link between neuroscience research and Therapeutic Presence.
3. Demonstrate in-session skills of Therapeutic Presence to enhance your clinical practice.
4. Apply specific techniques from EFT and AEDP to embody Therapeutic Presence in life and in session.
5. Differentiate “being” from “doing” in the clinical application of Therapeutic Presence in AEDP, EFT and transtheoretically.
6. Determine ways to work through challenges to therapeutic presence in life and in session.



Day 1: Friday, November 5, 2021



Intro to Workshop:

Therapeutic Presence (TP) in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Transtheoretically

Foundations of Therapeutic Presence




Clinical Applications of Therapeutic Presence 1: Embodying TP

1:40 – 1:45p


1:45 – 2:45p

Clinical Applications of Therapeutic Presence 2:

Creating the Conditions


Q & A


Day 2: Saturday, Nov 6, 2021



Clinical Applications of Therapeutic Presence 3:

In-Session Presence

TP - Attunement to Clients

TP – Attunement to Self




Working with Challenges to TP

1:40 – 1:45p



Integrating TP in Your Clinical Approach

2:45 – 3:00p

Q & A; Course Evaluations




Course for Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, MFTs and Counselors

Intermediate Course Content Level

For questions, cancellations, or concerns call Karen at 866-992-9399

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