Planning Committee Member and Founder (2007 - present)
David Mars, Ph.D. is the developer of AEDP FOR COUPLES. He has specialized in the somatically focused treatment of couples and groups for over three decades.
David has trained with Dr. Fosha since 2005. He entered the study of AEDP after thirty years as a process-oriented, somatically, and empathically focused couple and individual psychotherapist. 
Since the 1970s, David has been developing innovative techniques of integrating movement therapy in a group format  with individual therapy to deepen safe, embodied and relationally attuned experiences of patients. He teaches Authentic Movement, having trained and consulted for many years with Janet Adler, Ph.D.. For more than two decades, Dr. Mars brought awareness of the functions and expressions of the heart, breathing, muscles, and brain through the integration of biofeedback, and later EMDR, into couples treatment and psychotherapy. He has presented on the application of these techniques to the treatment of panic disorder, PTSD, trauma, and deprivation at conventions and seminars across the country. Video-taping and video feedback have been ongoing areas of interest, culminating in his current use of dyadic video in his clinical practice and in training AEDP therapists.
Currently, David is Adjunct Faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies, where he integrates AEDP into his teaching. He is developing and training therapists in AEDP-based Transformative Couples Therapy and AEDP Coordinated Therapy, in which two individual therapists team up with a couple’s therapist to form a dynamic attachment-based team for the healing of trauma and for facilitating accelerated transformation.
Planning Committee Member and Founder (2007 - present)
Karen is a licensed psychotherapist in San Rafael, California. She was irresistibly drawn to AEDP in 2005 and captivated by the depth and breadth of its transformational model. She immersed herself in training and consultation with Dr. Fosha and three years of core training with Dr. Frederick.
Karen is one of the founders of AEDP West, Co-Director of the Center for Transformative Therapies in San Rafael, and currently is a supervisor for the Bay Area Core Training. She presents AEDP trainings around the San Francisco Bay Area and offers individual and small group supervision to psychotherapists. She is known for her warmth and approachability, and her ability to create safety in the supervisory relationship. Karen's long-time interest in deepening connection between self and other has been grounded through AEDP's precise tracking of attachment principles and related neuroscience, and this influence is woven throughout her work with individuals, couples and groups.
Licensed since 1989, her background in somatic and experiential therapies includes Focusing, Process-Oriented Psychotherapy, Sandtray, EMDR, and Authentic Movement. She was a founder of The Sandtray Network and a contributing editor of its journal. As adjunct faculty at Dominican University, in San Rafael, California, she taught AEDP as the overarching theoretical model in her Alternative and Innovative Psychotherapies course.
Planning Committee Member and Hospitality (2010 - present)
Elizabeth Greason, LCSW, is a Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of shock and developmental trauma, perinatal mood disorders, attachment and relational issues.  Her training includes EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, AEDP, and EFT.  Elizabeth works with individuals, adolescents and couples.  With couples Elizabeth practices a hybrid of AEDP and EFT (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy).
In practice for 16 years, Elizabeth has been strongly influenced and inspired by AEDP and it’s power to transform lives.  In the context of a secure therapeutic relationship we now know that the brain can actually re-wire itself.  Establishing this secure base is a platform for Elizabeth’s orientation as an experiential, somatic, and attachment focused therapist.  Best known for her healing work with individuals recovering from trauma, facing chronic and life threatening illness and for her work with postpartum depression, Elizabeth has a warm and engaged collaborative style. She has offices in both Marin and in San Francisco.

Psychologist's CEC Certification
Jan Bowman has been practicing psychotherapy for over 25 years, currently in San Francisco and Oakland. She is passionate about identifying what works in psychotherapy regardless of approach. Jan first encountered AEDP six years ago at a “Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration” conference. She was drawn to AEDP because of Diana Fosha's unique conceptualizations of change and her dedication to incorporating the most effective practices from a range of disciplines, including neuroscience, emotion theory, somatic work, psychodynamic theory, and "parts" work.
Jan is an avid student of these approaches individually as well as from within the AEDP perspective. She took the AEDP Immersion Course, received individual supervision from Dr. Fosha, and took three years of core training. She is also Level II trained in EMDR, which she uses frequently. Jan felt honored to have been asked to serve on the AEDP Institute's Legal and Ethical Committee. She supervises individual students and training groups through Bay Area clinics.
Psychologist's CEC Certification
Ken is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in private practice (since 1990) in Kensington, CA., located near Berkeley, CA, where he sees individuals, couples and families. He specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults with a variety of learning and developmental challenges (including LD, ADHD, and Autistic Spectrum Disorders), as well as those with complex trauma histories. Dr. Benau is also a clinical consultant and supervisor of psychotherapy, and an Associate Clinical Professor at UC Berkeley's graduate program in Clinical Science. His work is primarily experiential-dynamic in nature, and is largely informed by AEDP (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy), Coherence Therapy, and somatic-based psychotherapies.  He is a certified AEDP practitioner. Finally, Dr. Benau has a special interest in working with shame and pride in psychotherapy, and is writing a book from an integrative perspective on that topic.
Psychologist's CEC Certification, AEDP Faculty Member
Faculty member of the AEDP Institute and adjunct faculty of the Wright Institute. As a Filipina-American who has recently lived in the Philippines and adopted two orphans from the Philippines, Dr. Cooper has a strong interest in culture and what it means to be multiracial in America. She has given workshops on AEDP in the Bay Area and has taught AEDP in Manila. She also has given workshops to parents on creating stronger attachment bonds with their children as well as presenting on the interplay between diet, neurochemicals, and mood. Dr. Cooper is in private practice in Menlo Park, California.
Planning Committee Member and Founder (2007 - 2011)
Lisa Hauck Loy, a practitioner of the healing arts since 1984, began with the study and practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu acupressure and is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Rafael, California.
She offers attachment-based individual and couple therapy and consultation for clinicians. Lisa discovered a strong therapeutic resonance with AEDP in 2004 after reading Diana Fosha’s The Transforming Power of Affect and attending the Los Angeles AEDP Immersion, followed by four years of Core Training with senior AEDP Institute faculty, and advanced Core Trainings with Diana Fosha. In 2007, Lisa co-founded AEDP West in order to create social and educational opportunities for the growing community of enthusiastic therapists learning AEDP.
Lisa primarily uses AEDP with individual clients, and weaves in EMDR and other trauma modalities as needed. In her attachment-based and AEDP-informed work with couples she brings advanced training in both EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples) and PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy) to help clients understand the effects of early attachments on their current relationships and their own nervous systems. She also brings to psychotherapy a special understanding of how body, mind, energy, and emotions relate to each other, having practiced Jin Shin Jyutsu acupressure and having earned her Masters degree at California Institute of Integral Studies in Integral Counseling Psychology. She has collected and developed an eclectic yet cohesive repertoire of body-mind practices that are effective at releasing stress and trauma from the nervous system and the couple/family system.
Planning Committee Member (2007-2010)
Donna has been working in the helping profession for over 20 years now, first as a social worker, and for the last 10 years as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#MFC34772). She has a Masters Degree in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Over the years she worked in a range of clinical settings, with the main focus of her clinical work being in-depth psychotherapy in a private practice setting. Donna has experience treating depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues, difficulty traversing life’s transitions, body image issues, eating disorders, and addiction.
Her belief is that cognitive understanding alone does not lead to change. Have you ever known something but still couldn’t change it? That’s because change comes through experience not from insight alone. This belief has led her to study a wide range of experiential modalities including somatic psychotherapy, clinical hypnotherapy, EMDR, meditation and mindfulness practices.
Since 2004 she has been training in AEDP (accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy), a model of therapy that is transformative because it is emotionally-focused, relationship-centered, and grounded in the most current research in affective neuroscience and human development. Donna is now a senior AEDP practitioner in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Planning Committee Member and Founder (2007-2008 -- now residing in Colorado)
Lia's approach is interactive, supportive and challenging. She draws on AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) and EFT (Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy), both relationship centered, emotion-focused approaches grounded in current research in affective neuroscience. She is EMDR certified for working with specific traumas and use solution oriented approaches when appropriate.

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