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Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy

AEDP or Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy

Did you know that up to 43% of people experience at least one traumatic event before the age of 18? For most people, this doesn’t lead to a formal PTSD diagnosis.

But the trauma is still impactful in profound ways.

Think about a difficult situation that seems to keep cropping up in your life. Maybe self-esteem has always been challenging for you. Struggling to achieve a work-life balance is another common issue. And you’re not alone if maintaining relationships—romantic or otherwise—seems confusing or even impossible sometimes.

Now, have you ever stopped to wonder why you keep hitting these same roadblocks? Or thought about how you can possibly prevent them from happening again?

If so, accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP) might be what’s been missing all this time. This unique modality allows you to revisit and work through past traumas in a safe environment. Your therapist provides compassionate guidance while you strengthen your coping skills and break down emotional barriers that have kept you blocked and from accessing a life that flows and feels free and stable.

What are the Key Components of a Typical AEDP Session?

There are 4 key components related to a typical AEDP session:

  1. Understanding the self-healing abilities you can unlock by using your mind and body. It is a somatic type of therapy that goes beyond the surface of talk therapy and addresses the rewiring of the neural pathways in the brain.
  2. Understanding that addressing and recovering from your emotional wounds requires allowing yourself to feel vulnerable.
  3. Understanding that using your emotions as a defense mechanism can prevent healing from past trauma.
  4. Understanding the importance of trusting your emotions while challenging limiting thoughts.

Accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy uses a mix of therapeutic approaches, strategies, and methods to help you work through your unique challenges. This means AEDP is extremely effective for a wide range of mental health concerns.

AEDP can help you work through:

  • Relationship issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Childhood trauma
  • And quite a few other issues related to mental and emotional health

You see, AEDP isn’t just a different kind of talk therapy. At our holistic mental health counseling practice, our counselors also specialize in somatic therapy. We combine traditional talk therapy with the proven benefits of accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy, which is a body-oriented modality.

This combination unlocks and heals the traumas you might not consciously realize you’re carrying.

Have you struggled in areas of your life—like work-life balance, romantic relationships, or self-esteem—without understanding why? AEDP can illuminate the true source so you can finally heal and live the life you deserve. Our patients report that on average they experienced relief from unwanted physical symptoms and reduced anxious symptoms within 6.3 sessions of working with us.

Is AEDP Evidence-Based?

Yes, AEDP is evidence-based. This modality was developed by Dr. Diana Fosha over 20 years ago. It pulls from proven therapeutic approaches like affective neuroscience and attachment theory.

And over the past two decades, study after study has proven the effectiveness of AEDP. One recent study mapped 4 distinct phases of emotional progress that occur during AEDP. Basically, this modality is transformational—so much so that researchers can chart out the stages of emotional healing!

A 2022 study on AEDP followed up with participants 6 months after completing therapy, then once more at 12 months. Whether the participants underwent AEDP to help with a major or minor challenge, results showed huge, lasting improvements from pre- to post-treatment.

All in all, AEDP continues to evolve based on the latest scientific evidence. It’s one of the most cutting-edge forms of evidence-based therapy used in practices today.

Costs and Insurance for AEDP

It’s no secret that finding a qualified, effective therapist can be really hard. We’re familiar with the song and dance of desperately searching for someone in-network, then spending hundreds of dollars just to realize that therapist isn’t a great fit.

The other side of the coin is often no better. You find someone amazing who doesn’t accept insurance, and you’re stuck choosing between your mental health or your financial security. It’s an all too common Catch-22.

One of our biggest goals is making therapy accessible for everyone. That’s why here at Holistic Mental Health Counseling, we’re registered with most insurance companies and we offer self-pay options.

If you have insurance, ask your insurance company if your plan has out-of-network benefits. We are registered with most insurance companies as an out-of-network provider, and they usually cover 30 to 60% of costs. We’ll even bill your insurance directly.

We may also be in your provider’s network. If so, all you’ll have to cover out of pocket is your assigned co-pay.

Finally, for self-pay, we discount our fees depending on a few different factors. All of our therapists have different levels of advanced training in advanced somatic therapy modalities and specialize in treating trauma, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, relationship issues, and more. We do our best to match you with the right therapist for your specific needs and your budget.

The most important thing to remember is that your happiness and health are priceless. You might think you can’t afford therapy; but consider how it will impact you if you continue to ignore your symptoms 6 months or a year from now.

Can you afford not to make yourself a priority?

If you’re ready to take that first step towards healing, contact us at (917) 781-0041.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does AEDP Typically Take?

Recent studies have found that you can achieve meaningful, lasting results from AEDP with around 16 sessions. If you have one session per week, that’d be around 4 months. Many of our patients start seeing a marked difference in symptoms much sooner, the average patient at our practice reports a reduction in unwanted symptoms in 6.3 sessions.

The thing is, a big part of accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy is harnessing your own brainpower. Have you heard the term “neuroplasticity”? It means that your mind—and even your entire nervous system—has the ability to “train” responses based on external events and rewire the neural pathways in your brain toward healthy functioning.

Trauma can often negatively impact neuroplasticity, as your body begins associating current events or situations with that trauma. AEDP helps you retrain these responses. And because we’re all different people with different backgrounds, it’s tough to give a “typical” time period for healing through AEDP. The biggest factors that promote prolonged and faster results are consistency and openness.

All of that said, your counselor will work closely with you to track your goals and progress over time. Our highest commitment to you will always be helping you truly recover so you can flourish in every aspect of life.

Can AEDP Be Integrated with Other Therapy Approaches?

Yes, AEDP can absolutely be integrated with other therapy approaches. By its very nature, AEDP is already an integration of several different modalities.

For example, let’s say your counselor discovers brainspotting would also be useful in your healing journey. It’s as simple as communicating to your counselor that you would like to integrate it into your next session. One of the best things about AEDP is that it’s completely customizable to your unique needs.

With every session, your counselor gets to know you and your needs better. They’ll continually blend different techniques so you can keep making progress.

How Can I Assess if AEDP is the Right Therapy Approach for Me?

The best way to assess if AEDP is the right therapy approach for you is by booking an introductory appointment with our practice. When you call our office, our client care team will match you with one of our somatic therapists. In your first session, you can express what you really want to get out of therapy and work collaboratively with your therapist to assess the best course of action to help you achieve your mental health goals.

We understand that you know yourself, and that you don’t want to waste time trying different modalities—especially if you’ve already tried certain methods with no results.

But at our practice, we don’t believe in making you figure all this out on your own. We take a holistic approach to your health, and that means we need a clear understanding of your goals with therapy.

During your initial appointment, you and your therapist will discuss what made you decide to start therapy and what you hope to get out of it. If AEDP would be a good fit for you, your therapist will discuss it as an option.

You’re also welcome to mention an interest in AEDP when making your initial appointment. We’ll book you with a therapist who specializes in accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy.

Wellness is your birthright. That’s our belief at Holistic Mental Health Counseling. Every member of our staff is dedicated to helping you along this journey however we can.

If you’re ready to take the first step, just click the button below.