Essential Ingredients of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for Couples (AEDPfC)- David Mars, PhD, MFT & Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

July 15, 2019 – July 19, 2019 all-day
Cape Cod

“AEDPfC evokes and amplifies the felt experience of love, and helps couple members shift patterns of insecurity to new patterns that form a secure base. The movement from fear to love and from survival to thriving, is the expression of transformance: the indwelling biological drive to evolve.” (Fosha 2008, Mars 2011).

To engage transformance in AEDPfC, the clinician guides couple members to talk directly to each other from the first moments of the opening session. For many couple therapists, this is a stretch: What if they start escalating? The AEDPfC therapist shapes, with attentiveness and kindness, increasingly authentic and safe interactions. Facilitating dialogue that helps couple members to speak mindfully and be heard is a cultivated art and practice.

In this workshop, fitting for clinicians new to AEDPfC and those with experience, we will help participants to learn effective and embodied Process Language to help couples perceive, receive, and express their moment-to-moment somatic experience. Engendering couples to respond lovingly to each other and shift old patterns of distress and disturbance to new pathways of connection and healing.

Each day, participants will learn the essential ingredients of the theory and practice of AEDPfC through clinical video illustrations, live demonstrations, and experiential practices. Throughout, Karen and David will help participants cultivate safe and deep witnessing skills fundamental to co-creating a secure base for transformational couple work. Learn more at: