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What AEDP Therapy Is And How It Helps Manage Your Emotions

What AEDP Therapy Is And How It Helps Manage Your Emotions

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Tanisha Herrin

Accelerated Experimental-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) is a style of therapy that helps people cope with their emotions through unique tools, techniques, and approaches designed to challenge thought patterns and processes. These approaches encourage healing from within through exploration, acceptance, and change. The goal is to help individuals understand how their life experiences affect their emotions and how their feelings influence their thoughts and actions.

AEDP uses different therapeutic techniques, strategies, methods, and approaches to help people struggling with issues related to personal, work, relationships, and mental health. Through AEDP, you can learn the significance of how your emotions can lead to self-discovery, including how to understand what you are feeling and use it to build optimism for your future.

Issues That AEDP Therapy Treats

Fundamentally, Accelerated Experimental-Dynamic Psychotherapy can help you manage emotional suffering.

Therapists specializing in AEDP work with people dealing with a variety of issues and conditions, including:

·      Anxiety

·      Addiction

·      Depression

·      PTSD

·      Trauma

·      Anger

·      Stress

·      Personal growth

·      Life transitions

Many people have also found AEDP useful for coping with other issues related to finances, health, parenting, and attachment. If you are struggling with feelings of guilt, shame, abandonment, low self-esteem, self-confidence, and dissociation, you may also benefit from Accelerated Experimental-Dynamic Psychotherapy.

In addition to individual work, AEDP is also useful for couples dealing with emotional disconnect, infidelity, lack of communication, sexual intimacy, and parenting.

How AEDP Works

In AEDP, you learn how to connect with your emotions safely to recognize and encourage your personal strength. The therapeutic tools AEDP teaches would help you rely on positive, healthy, and safe ways to deal with your emotions instead of resorting to harmful behaviors. Your therapist would work closely with you to navigate challenging or painful emotions from experiences that made it difficult for you to move forward. The result is to help you gain what is necessary to heal through curative emotional understanding.

AEDP is an emotional intervention that allows you to recognize and connect with your emotions by talking about them and the experiences that come from discussing your feelings. The process allows you and your therapist to explore deep areas from within, helping you recognize inner strengths you may not know you have. AEDP includes integrated approaches, such as body-focused, transformational, and affective neuroscience.

In addition to allowing you to connect to your emotions, AEDP can help you develop skills and techniques crucial to addressing emotional suffering.  The treatment provides a different understanding of how to tap into unused resources to jumpstart mental and emotional healing.

What is an AEDP session like?

During therapy sessions, you maytalk about the personal experiences behind your painful emotions. Talking about experiences begins the healing by leading to in-depth exploration, setting the path for change. You will learn how to face your feelings in a safe space or comfortable environment that encourages self-acceptance and acceptance of others.

The Four Areas of AEDP

Treatment through AEDP is based on four areas:

1.     Understanding the ability to heal by using what is inside of us.

Understand your self-healing capabilities by using your mind and body to work through emotional pain and reach locked or hidden elements essential to moving forward and personal growth.

2.     Understanding personal ability to heal deep emotional wounds by creating space for change and exploration.

Learn the significance of your feelings and emotions being viewed and understood. In AEDP, people learn how to work through their emotions when feeling vulnerable, mainly if they are used to feeling misunderstood or isolated.

3.     Understanding the importance of going through different levels of suffering.

Emotions act as a defense mechanism. Learn how to work through your defenses quickly and safely while processing hurt kept from others.

4.     Understanding the significance of trusting their emotions and experience.

Uncover ways to talk and share uncomfortable thoughts with others. Learn how to challenge thoughts that act as a roadblock from moving forward. Such thoughts may include the idea that you cannot heal or that your feelings don’t matter. Through AEDP, you can start discovering new ways to help yourself heal.

Therapists work closely with their clients throughout their healing journey. AEDP is a collaborative partnership that focuses on helping people develop new insight into the healing process by relying on their newly discovered abilities.

What to Expect from an AEDP Therapist

Therapists trained in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy actively participate in the healing process with their clients. AEDP Therapists provide a secure foundation to establish a healthy rapport with the client. They are curious about your experiences and want to help you feel safe and comfortable sharing your feelings with others.

Therapists help clients understand they are not alone. They work with individuals to undo feelings of loneliness while understanding how that feeling impacts your emotions.

AEDP therapists walk with clients to understand their pain. For many therapy goers, working with someone who is compassionate about others helps them feel safe in therapy and explore their pain. This exploration allows individuals to access natural elements related to their painful experiences. Therapists learn about their client’s experience through physical clues such as facial expressions, eye and body movements, tone of voice, and more. Such observations help clients stay in the present so they can understand how they grow during exploration.

A common reason why people fear sharing their feelings is that they worry about how others will respond. AEDP therapists work with clients to remove any bias or judgment to avoid feelings of uncertainty among clients. For many clients, it may be the first time they can be honest about their feelings. The therapist helps clients feel welcomed to share without fear of being criticized. Through the cognitive and emotional experiences of the client, therapists guide individuals to adopt new ways to address their feelings.

Should You Seek AEDP Therapy?

If you are suffering from trauma, loss, or pain from experiences with personal issues, relationship problems, mental or physical health concerns, or issues related to work, parenting, or self-esteem, AEDP therapy may help you feel better.

If you want to explore ways to help yourself understand your pain, AEDP may be worth trying. AEDP can help you learn how to become stronger, even from the areas you may think are “broken.” You may gain more confidence and be better prepared for whatever life throws at you.

When considering an AEDP therapist, review their training, experience, and education. Experienced AEDP therapists care about your feelings while using customized methods to repair the emotional behaviors and responses of their clients. You should feel comfortable and receptive with your therapist throughout your therapy journey.

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Tanisha Herrin is a self-published author and independent writer for over 15 years. Her writing interests started with journaling and poetry writing and grew into professional writing for various subject areas, including health, relationships, and finance. After dealing with personal experiences of depression and suicide, she developed an interest in research and writing in mental health and self-improvement subject areas.

Tanisha has self-published books on self-help, depression, and poetry. She has written articles about depression and mental health topics at and her blog: The INSPIRE blog ( Tanisha is an avid supporter of different mental health organizations and initiatives supporting mental health advocacy.

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