Diana Fosha

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Diana Fosha
Known forAccelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy
Academic work

Diana Fosha is an American psychologist, known for developing accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP)[1] and for her work on the psychotherapy of adults suffering the effects of childhood attachment trauma and abuse.[2][3][4][5]

Education and career[edit]

Fosha was born in Bucharest, but her family emigrated to the United States when she was 12 years old, settling in New York. She studied psychology at Barnard College and then went on to complete a doctorate in clinical psychology at the City College of New York. She also undertook post-doctoral training with Habib Davanloo, the developer of a form of psychodynamic psychotherapy called intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy.[6]

In her early career Fosha held teaching positions at the City University of New York and Adelphi University. She was also an adjunct professor of psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital, and was on the faculty of New York University and the St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital Center.[6]

Accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy[edit]

Fosha developed a theory and technique of psychotherapy, AEDP, based upon several conceptual premises as points of departure from the prevailing psychodynamic psychotherapies.[7] Her theory of how healing occurs in psychotherapy derives from her interpretation of research findings in several areas: the neuroscience of attachment, caregiver–infant interaction research, positive psychology, emotion research, psychotherapy research findings on therapist qualities associated with positive therapy outcomes, and phenomenology of the psychological experience of sudden change.[8]

Her core premise is that the desire to heal and grow is a wired-in capacity, which she calls the transformance drive, and that healing change must derive from this innate resiliency.[9] Emotional healing and brain re-wiring occur as the patient forms a new experience of a secure attachment relationship to the therapist,[10] and the therapist helps the patient to experience emotions that, in the past, have been too overwhelming.[11] Healing is accelerated through a tracking of emerging affect, so the patient can have a complete emotional experience, and then reflect upon the experience of healing change itself, with the help of the therapist,. Fosha terms this technique meta-therapeutic processing. This repeated and prolonged amplification of the experience of change has been called one of AEDP's "unique" contributions to the psychotherapy literature.[12]

The AEDP Institute was formed in New York City in 2004. The Institute has satellite institutes throughout the US, and in Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Sweden, Israel, China, and Japan.[13]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Fosha, D. (2000). The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model For Accelerated Change. Basic Books
  • Fosha, D, Siegel,D., Solomon M., ads. (2009). The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

Book chapters[edit]

  • Fosha, D. (2000). Meta-therapeutic processes and the affects of transformation: Affirmation and the healing affects. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. 10, 71-97.
  • Fosha, D. (2002). The activation of affective change processes in AEDP. In J. J. Magnavita (Ed.). Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy. Vol. 1: Psychodynamic and Object Relations Psychotherapies New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Fosha, D. (2003). Dyadic Regulation and Experiential Work with Emotion and Relatedness in Trauma and Disordered Attachment. In M. F. Solomon & D. J. Siegel (Eds.). Healing Trauma: Attachment, Mind, Body, and Brain. New York: Norton.
  • Fosha D. (2009). Emotion and recognition at work: Energy, vitality, pleasure, truth, desire & the emergent phenomenology of transformational experience. In D. Fosha, D. J. Siegel & M. F. Solomon (Eds.), The healing power of emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development, Clinical Practice (pp. 172-203). New York: Norton.


  • Fosha, D. (2001). The dyadic regulation of affect. Journal of Clinical Psychology/In Session. 57 (2), 227-242.
  • Fosha, D. (2004). "Nothing that feels bad is ever the last step": The role of positive emotions in experiential work with difficult emotional experiences. Special issue on Emotion, L. Greenberg (Ed.). Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. 11, 30-43.
  • Fosha, D. (2005). Emotion, true self, true other, core state: toward a clinical theory of affective change process. Psychoanalytic Review. 92 (4), 513-552.
  • Fosha D. (2009). Emotion and recognition at work: energy, vitality, pleasure, truth, desire & the emergent phenomenology of transformational experience. In D. Fosha, D. J. Siegel & M. F. Solomon (Eds.), The healing power of emotion: Affective neuroscience, development, clinical practice (pp. 172-203). New York: Norton. Also reprinted in The Neuropsychotherapist. Jul/Sep 2013 (2), 28-51. www.theneuropsychotherapist.com


  1. ^ Neukrug, E. (2015). The Sage Encyclopedia of Psychotherapy. Los Angelas, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. ISBN 1452274126.
  2. ^ Courtois, C.; Ford, J. (2013). The Treatment of Complex Trauma An Evidenced Based Guide. New York. London: Guildford Press. ISBN 1462524605.
  3. ^ Kezelman, C.; Stavropoulos, P. (2012). "Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery Adults Surviving Child Abuse" (PDF). Adults Surviving Child Abuse; Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  4. ^ Brown, D.P.; Elliot, D.S. (2016). Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair. WW. Norton & Company. ISBN 0393711528.
  5. ^ Shapiro, R. (2010). The Trauma Treatment Handbook: Protocols Across the Spectrum. W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0393706184.
  6. ^ a b "AEDP Diana Fosha Interview". www.psychotherapy.net. Retrieved 2016-08-30.
  7. ^ Grotstein, James (Fall 2002). "The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change (Book Review)". apadivisions.org. Psychoanalysis Division 39 (APA). Retrieved 2010-10-16.
  8. ^ Ecker, Bruce; Ticic, Robin; Hulley, Laurel (2012). Unlocking the emotional brain: eliminating symptoms at their roots using memory reconsolidation. New York: Routledge. pp. 130–136. ISBN 9780415897167. OCLC 772112300.
  9. ^ Woody, Jane D. (June 2007). "Experiencing Affect—Transformation and Healing in Psychotherapy". PsycCRITQUES. 52 (24). doi:10.1037/a0007861.
  10. ^ Mendlovic, S.; Dorom, A.; Saad, A.; Atzil-Slonim, D.; Mar'l, S.; Bloch, Y.; Ben Yehuna, A. (2017). "The MATRIX, a novel tool exploring dynamic psychotherapy: Preliminary psychometric properties". Psychiatry Research. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2017.08.047.
  11. ^ Schore, A. (2012). The Science and Art of Psychotherapy. W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0393706648.
  12. ^ Iwakabe, Shigeru; Conceicao, Nuno (2016). "Metatherapeutic processing as a change-based therapeutic immediacy task: Building an initial process model using a task-analytic research strategy". Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. 26 (3): 230–247. doi:10.1037/int0000016.
  13. ^ "An Interview with Diana Fosha, Ph.D., on Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) - Psychotherapy". Retrieved 2016-08-30.

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