Diana Fosha, PhD

Diana Fosha

Diana Fosha, PhD

Diana Fosha, Ph.D., is the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy), a healing-oriented, transformational, experiential model of therapy, and Founder and Director of the AEDP Institute.

For the last 20 years, Diana has been active in promoting a scientific basis for a healing-oriented, attachment-emotion, and transformation-focused trauma treatment model. Her work focuses on integrating neuroplasticity, recognition science, and developmental dyadic research into experiential and transformational clinical work with patients. Diana’s most recent work focuses on flourishing as a seamless part of the process of transforming emotional suffering.

Diana is the author of The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change (Basic Books, 2000); co-author with Natasha Prenn of Supervision Essentials for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (APA, 2016); 1st editor with Daniel Siegel and Marion Solomon of The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice (Norton, 2009), and editor of Undoing Aloneness and the Transformation of Suffering into Flourishing: AEDP 2.0 (APA, 2021). Four DVDs of her live AEDP clinical work, including one documenting a complete 6-session treatment and one on clinical supervision, have been issued by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Described by psychoanalyst James Grotstein as a “prizefighter of intimacy” and by David Malan as “the Winnicott of [accelerated experiential] psychotherapy”, Diana Fosha’s writing style is powerful and precise, yet poetic and evocative. Her phrases “undoing aloneness”, “existing in the heart and mind of the other”, “stay with it and stay with me”, “rigor without shame”, and “True Other” effectively capture the ethos of AEDP. Many of Diana’s papers are available through the AEDP website at www.aedpinstitute.org.