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AEDP and Cultural Competence in Developmental Trauma Treatment

Karen Riggs Skean


This commentary discusses the therapy of a complex trauma survivor combining Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) with culturally competent strategies, particularly the use of a shared second language of origin. This combination potentiated the transformation of early affectively and bodily held memories and facilitated a successful outcome. Implications for short-term models and the training of therapists are discussed.

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