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David Mars

David Mars, PhD


Transforming Interlocking Trauma: AEDP for Couples
Saturday October 1, 2016
9:00 - 5:00       $170/$147 until 9/9      7 CE hours


Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for Couples is an innovative, somatically focused model which effectively treats the relational trauma and deprivation that underlies much marital dysfunction. By powerfully creating a safe container for even highly dysregulated couples to relate to each other in a more attuned way, new responsiveness begins from the first session.

Dr. Mars will illustrate key moments of how to work through trauma to heal shame-based blocks to couple intimacy. Extensive clinical videotapes of treatment over time will be used to unpack the dyadic change processes central to AEDP and show the progression of therapy. He skillfully addresses both deactivating (avoidant) and hyperactivating (anxious/ambivalent) attachment strategies. Practical course materials help simplify how to effectively use this approach. You will head back to work armed with immediately applicable interventions.

Powerful aspects of AEDP for Couples include:

  1. Focus on healing attachment trauma in the couple as well as in each individual
  2. Use of self of the therapist in transformative work with chronically traumatized couples
  3. Cutting edge neuroscience that informs the accelerated treatment of relational trauma
  4. Cultivating whole body “witness consciousness” of perceiving and expressing “the seven channels of experience”

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Generate and strengthen the secure base required for transformative couple treatment using a somatic focus
  • Employ an effective Early Warning System to treat dissociation & hyper-reactivity
  • Resolve shame about what each partner has done and was helpless to prevent being done to them
  • Expand the window of affect tolerance.

David Mars is the creator of AEDP for Couples. He is a Senior Faculty Member at the Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Institute in New York. He has trained with Diana Fosha since 2005 and has been an innovator in developing somatically, process-focused techniques. He presents training programs and workshops nationally and internationally. Dr. Mars is inspiring, organized, warm and deeply personable as a presenter. His powerful clinical videos of ongoing therapy allow participants to truly witness the progression of the work.