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The Therapist as Organizing Other: Regulating and building self-structure in dysregulated clients through an AEDP lens

Unwilled and unwanted aloneness in the face of overwhelming experience often leaves people feeling unbearably disconnected from self and other. For some, their response to this disconnection takes the form of sympathetic hyperarousal. We see this in our clients who are reeling rather than feeling and dealing. These clients are easily flooded, impulsive, hypervigilent and overwhelmed by emotion, connection and experience. Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) fosters the healing of relational trauma through the use of the therapist’s self and the accompaniment of the client, processing together what was too much for the client to face alone. Through tracking and helping to regulate the moment-by-moment somatic experience of the client, providing a secure base (and helping the client to make use of this base), and harnessing the innate drive within all of us to heal and transform, we as therapists can help our clients to move from dysregulation to deeper connection with self and other and a renewed sense of self-compassion and their own efficacy in the world.

This workshop begins with an introduction to AEDP, focusing on the questions AEDP therapists ask themselves to help orient their work with dysregulated clients. The workshop focuses on both theory and clinical technique, and makes extensive use of videotaped clinical work to demonstrate the application of AEDP interventions and theory in work with dysregulated clients.  We look at work over the course of treatment, session by session with one client and across years with another, and explore creating a sense of safety, accessing and processing core affective experiences to completion, and finally metaprocessing the new experiences of self and other to allow a profound shift from older internal working models that led to dysregulation and a sense of overwhelm, to new ways of relating to self and other. Significant time will be devoted to experiential exercises for participants to directly apply the learning each day.

This program is for 14.25 CE

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


Jennifer Edlin, MFT is a psychotherapist in private practice in Oakland, California. From the moment she attended her first AEDP Immersion Course, she was taken by AEDP and the permission to be authentic and to use the therapist’s whole self in service of clients’ healing and transformation. Jenn serves as the co-chair and faculty liaison of the AEDP Research committee. She has also helped to spearhead the launch of the Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in Law at UC Berkeley Law. Her clinical interests include treating relational trauma, mindfulness in the therapeutic dyad and building self-compassion.

Jenn received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, a JD/MBA degree from New York University and an MA in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has trained extensively in AEDP, including a year of core training and long term supervision with Dr. SueAnne Piliero as well as supervision with Dr. Eileen Russell and Dr. Fosha.

Jenn brings a natural warmth, ease and authenticity to her work with clients as well as to her supervision, teaching and other work in the AEDP community. She sees supervision as a powerful way to undo the aloneness we feel as therapists and enjoys meeting therapists wherever they are in their AEDP journey.


Target Audience:

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists


Course Objectives:

  1. Name at least four questions AEDP therapists ask themselves to help guide and focus their work with clients.

  2. Identify three different ways to track a client’s anxiety during sessions.

  3. Apply interventions that make use of the therapeutic replationship to regulate a client’s anxiety.

  4. Direct clients toward their body to track and regulate anxiety moment-by-moment.

  5. Detect and apply techniques to assist clients to slow down and return to moments of emotional importance.

  6. Name at least two interventions to help build receptive affective capacity in clients.

  7. Differentiate between a defensive response on the part of the client and a gap in the client’s experience.

  8. Define metatherapeutic processing.

  9. Apply metatherapeutic processing in work with dysregulated clients to help build a coherent narrative.

  10. List at least three interventions to help the client a client stay with the process of reflecting on and integrating change for the better.



All hours shown in Pacific (US) time.

DAY one: Thursday, April 22, 2021 
8am – 8:30 Course overview and orientation
8:30 – 9:45 Didactic and Video illustration: the change mechanisms in AEDP, with a particular focus on work with clients who dysregulate easily
9:45 – 10:15 – break
10:15 – 11:15 Clinical Decision making: use of moment-by-moment tracking to help regulate anxiety and thus allow for a new, good experience together (within the client’s window of tolerance)
11:15 - 12:30 Small group orientation, practice
12:30 -1:00 Large group Q&A

Day two: Friday, April 23, 2021
8am – 8:30 Course overview and orientation
8:30 – 10:00 Didactic and Video illustration: Helping a client to slow down and come into contact to build receptive affective capacity.
10 – 10:30 – break
10:30 – 12:30 Small group experientials
12:30 - 1:00 Large group Q&A

Day three: Saturday, April 24, 2021
8am – 8:3o Course overview and orientation
8:30 – 10. Didactic and Video illustration: Pulling it all together: metaprocessing to build the client’s sense of self and to hold onto moments of regulation and make meaning together
10 – 10:30 – break
10:30 – 12:30 Small group experientials
12:30 - 1:00 Large group Closure