It's Not Always Depression –

This is from the NYT written by a therapist who practices AEDP.

Children with too much shame grow up to be adults who can no longer sense their inner experiences. They learn not to feel, and they lose the ability to use their emotions as a compass for living. Somehow they need to recover themselves… I specialize in something called accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy. After being trained as a psychoanalyst, I switched to this approach because it seemed to heal patients who hadn’t gotten relief after years of traditional talk therapy…”
-Hilary Jacobs Hendel, Psychotherapist and AEDP Supervisor, March 10, 2015



  1. Hi Penny,

    Wow, what a great article. So much compassion, context, and insight. It sounds very similar to ways of working with trauma (which is what she says she is doing) and the author doesn’t shy away from stating the fact that it took 4 years. I’m starting to accept that working with childhood and prenatal and birth wounding is very very complex and, even though it looks so mild and subtle, may take years and simply be the ongoing work of a lifetime. The reaping and reward, however, don’t take that long to start emerging!!

  2. Hi Veronique,
    I discovered AEDP in the library at Naropa. I have been very drawn to it although my only experience of it has been through reading. I agree, it does feel similar to the somatic-psychotherapy ways of working with trauma. I love it that these modalities have emerged out of real life, real practice and informed by the neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. She also has a chapter in

    I seem to have lost my copy 🙁 But right now am feeling like I would like to re-read it.

    wishing you well!

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