AEDP San Diego

We welcome you to AEDP San Diego!

We are passionate AEDP practitioners if you are curious about this work or have many trainings under your belt this is the place to connect and grow!

We hope this website will be a resource for those who want to learn about AEDP, deepen their skills and desire to be a part of a growing AEDP community here in sunny San Diego.

Please take a look around of opportunities to get connected and learn together.

We offer the following AEDP connection tools:

  • Peer Consultation Monthly Groups
  • Therapy
  • Learning Luncheons
  • Guest Speakers in San Diego
  • FaceBook Group

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Get Involved

Get Involved:

  • AEDP Peer Consultation Monthly Groups (email for details)
  • AEDP Learning Luncheons (email for details)

Contact us here or email us directly to:

  • Be added to our mailing list.
  • RSVP to our Learning Luncheon.

About Us

A little bit about us:

The AEDP community has been growing in San Diego for a number of years. Core founders of this group include.


PenelopeAndrade 2Penelope Young Andrade, LCSW is author of the award winning book  Emotional Medicine Rx: Cry When You’re Sad, Stop When You’re Done, Feel Good Fast! For more than 30 years Penelope has been studying and integrating the best of  traditional and alternative psychotherapies including Bowen Family Systems, Psychosynthesis, Biodynamics, Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). Penelope and her husband, Arturo, developed and researched the innovative VIVO Oral Focus method for body-oriented self-soothing. Penelope lectures and trains therapists and lay audiences throughout the country, inspiring people everywhere about the boons and benefits of Emotional Medicine.  To reach Penelope visit or email her directly at

TamiChelewTami Chelew is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #79759 and has a private practice in Scripps Ranch, San Diego. Tami is a dually certified AEDP and AEDP for Couples therapist. She is a Certified EFT therapist and Supervisor and AAMFT Supervisor. She is a certified Sexual Addiction Therapist, CSAT and has Level 3 training in Attachment Trauma Based EMDR. Tami treats couples seeking to heal and repair from affairs and sexual compulsivity and offers One or Two Day Couples Intensives. Tami also treats individuals. She is married to her best friend of close to 30 years with two grown daughters and two grandsons. To reach Tami, visit or email her directly at

Elizabeth Perkins, LMFT #53764 has a private practice in Mission Valley. She specializes in working with people who suffer from depression or anxiety, but whose public facing selves are high functioning. Liz believes her AEDP training not only helps her clients find their own internal transformance but that doing this work transforms the therapist as well. Liz is always happy to answer questions from anyone thinking about taking the AEDP trainings.



Upcoming AEDP Events:

AEDP Immersion course with Diana Fosha
August 8—12 at Pt Loma Nazarene University

Dr. Fosha has opened up the world of psychodynamic therapy for moment to moment relational and emotional healing. In addition to a clear and grounded understanding of the healing power of emotion, Diana has profoundly shifted the view of therapeutic work from one of pathology and combatting resistance to positive psychology and encouraging transformance…a word she coined to reflect the innate self-righting drive all humans possess.

News Flash: Early results from our ongoing AEDP research project indicate that AEDP matches effectiveness with EFT and CBT for anxiety reduction and is even more effective for reducing symptoms of depression.

An additional benefit of AEDP training, is that the principles are applicable no matter what model of treatment you are using. Practitioners of EFT, IFS, EMDR, SE, Sensorimotor Therapy, Classical analysts of all persuasions, etc. find their practice deepen in effectiveness and professional fulfillment.

Click here to sign-up



Did you know the AEDP Institute offers Diversity Scholarships?

Diversity Scholarships (DS) are awarded primarily on the basis of financial need. Applicants who work for underserved, financially struggling patient populations are given priority in receiving the DS. Socio-economic disadvantage is considered a legitimate and distinct diversity category while at the same time linked to other diversity categories.

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Stay tuned for exciting new speakers coming in 2018.

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Past AEDP Events:

  • San Diego AEDP workshop with Dr. Ron Frederick, AEDP Faculty
    • Date:  February 6th, 2016
    • Time:  9:00am to 5:00pm
    • Location:  10065 Old Grove Road, Suite 200, San Diego, 92131
    • To Register, please select the appropriate options:
      • Student & Interns – $145
      • Registration (After January 22, 2016) – $185
    • 6 CE’s available – see below for CE registration

Instructions to register for adding the 6 CE’s

To register for the CE’s – First Register for the event above through PayPal, and then register for the CE’s by following this link: Click here

Our cancellation policy is: Full refund is given if notified before 72 hours (3 days) of the event. After 72 hours, there will be a $30 administration fee.

Healing Attachment Trauma:
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

The ability to identity, experience, regulate, and respond to one’s emotions, capacities born out of our early attachment experiences, is essential to mental health and well-being. Yet problems managing emotion abound and play a central role in most of our client’s presenting problems.How can we best help so many of our clients who, regardless of diagnosis, have difficulty being present with and making good use of their emotional experience, and emotionally connecting with others?

Unique in its intimate, moment-to-moment way of working at the edge of relational experience, Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), an emotion-focused, attachment-based, neurobiology informed model of therapy, is ideally suited to transforming attachment-based trauma. This introductory workshop will focus on both the theory and technique of AEDP making extensive use of videotaped material to illustrate the concepts and techniques discussed. The speaker will illustrate how one’s emotional development can go awry, but how, when safety and security are catalyzed in the therapy relationship, innate emotions can be experienced as positive and free from fear, suffering can be transformed, resilience restored, and a broader range of personal and relational possibilities can be realized.

You will learn:

  • How to make optimal, experiential use of the present-moment, relational experience to promote growth, resolve attachment trauma, and affect long-lasting change.
  • How to bypass defenses and facilitate the dyadic regulation of previously feared to be unbearable emotional experience.
  • Powerful techniques to rewire the brain and restore resilience that can be incorporated into any clinical practice.
  • To increase your own comfort with emotions and relational intimacy as well as your confidence and skill at helping clients navigate their own experiences.



Ronald J. Frederick, PhD, is a licensed psychologist whose career has focused on the transforming power of emotional and relational experience. He is the author of the award-winning book Living Like You Mean It: Use the Wisdom and Power of Your Emotions to Get the Life You Really Want (Jossey-Bass, 2009), a founding and senior faculty member of the Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Institute, and Co-founder of the Center for Courageous Living, based in Beverly Hills, CA, which offers innovative therapy, coaching, and consulting. Noted for his warmth, humor, and engaging presentation style, Dr. Frederick lectures and facilitates workshops internationally. In addition, Dr. Frederick is a certified EMDR consultant.