MAJOR PRINCIPLES OF AEDP
AEDP is Healing-Oriented
Shaped by a deep desire to be seen, known, and recognized by others, all human beings share a fundamental human need to connect. When we feel safe, we let down defensive barriers and when those barriers are down, our innate ability to grow and expand also helps us heal.
Meaningful change involves the activation of naturally occurring, affective change processes. The aim of AEDP is to release these innate healing tendencies, to follow the positive markers that identify naturally occurring adaptive changes and to harness their potential for healing, all in the context of the therapeutic relationship.
AEDP Builds on Transformation and Positive Core Affects
The visceral experience of core affects in the here-and-now of the patient-therapist relationship is the central agent of change in AEDP. Core affects are wired-in adaptive experiences. When activated, tracked moment-to-moment and worked through to completion, they access inner resources and activate healing resilience. The experience of transformation of self—particularly in the context of a healing relationship—informs the affective change process.
AEDP Therapists Create the Conditions Necessary for Transformance
The AEDP therapist facilitates and co-constructs a patient-therapist relationship characterized by secure attachment. Such a relationship is dyadic, explicitly empathic, affirming, affect-regulating, mutually enjoyable, and emotionally engaged.
What is Transformance?
Transformance is AEDP’s term for the overarching motivational force that strives for maximum healing, vitality, authenticity and genuine connectedness in every human being.
AEDP Heals Unbearable Aloneness
Dyadic affect regulation is key to undoing unbearable aloneness. The therapeutic relationship provides the secure base from which fear, shame, and distress can be shared, and therefore dyadically regulated and where the explorations of deep, painful emotional experiences can be risked.
AEDP therapy provides opportunities for new corrective emotional experiences. This experiential method involves facilitating the patient’s having an experience in which the body must be involved through tracking moment-to-moment fluctuations in the emotional experience of patient, therapist, and dyad.
The Experience of Change for the Better Feels Good
Positive, resonant, attuned, dyadic interactions have been shown to be the constituents of healthy, secure attachments and they correlate with neurochemical environments conducive to optimal brain growth. Positive core affects and interactions are both the constituents and hard-wired markers of healing. AEDP is guided by these moment-to-moment signals and markers and facilitating their occurrence is its aim.
Meta-processing is Central to AEDP
Focusing on the experience of change is transforming in and of itself. Affirming and exploring these changes releases a cascade of transformations with characteristic somatic affective markers which are invariably positive.
We would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Michael Glavin, from AEDP-Chicago, for his welcoming consent of having this elaborative description of AEDP principles, in the Israeli website.