"Applying AEDP to Couple Therapy"
Gil Tunnell, PhD
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) was developed 25 years ago by Diana Fosha. It is considerably different from traditional psychotherapy in that it focuses on the positives the patient brings to treatment, rather than the patient’s resistance, defenses, and psychopathology. AEDP is a short-term therapy, compared to traditional insight-oriented psychotherapy. The effectiveness of AEDP is supported by empirical research. Although AEDP began in New York City, the model is now global, with trainings occurring throughout the USA, Sweden, England, Portugal, Israel, Brazil, Japan and China. This presentation will discuss the basics of individual AEDP, and how AEDP can be applied to couple therapy. Compared to Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) developed by Sue Johnson, Couple AEDP is more different than similar.
Gil Tunnell, PhD is one of the senior faculty of the AEDP Institute, is Adjunct Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he teaches family and couple therapy, and has a private practice in New York City. His special interest is in applying individual AEDP to couple therapy. In the late 1980s, he trained in Structural Family Therapy under Salvador Minuchin, M.D., and has written on the differences between Structural Therapy and AEDP. He also trained in family therapy with Maurizio Andolfi in Rome, Italy. Dr. Tunnell previously was director of family therapy training at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He has published widely on working with gay male couples and is the is co-author with David Greenan of Couple Therapy with Gay Men and the published chapter, Gay male couple therapy: An attachment model. Another chapter of his, An attachment perspective on the first interview: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, appeared in a book that received the 2011 Distinguished Book Award from Division 44 of the American Psychological Association.
*This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.
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