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Inaugural Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Symposium Montreal, Quebec “Overcoming Treatment Obstacles: High Anxiety and Barriers to Emotional Intimacy in Psychotherapy”

12 October 2018 - 13 October 2018


The Canadian Experiential Dynamic Therapy Society & Institute (CEDTSI) is excited to announce the inaugural Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Symposium, a 2-day seminar aimed at helping therapists develop greater skills in identifying and addressing both high anxiety and barriers to intimacy in the therapeutic relationship that commonly interfere with successful treatment outcomes. The presenters will be Steven Shapiro Ph.D., Deborah Pollack Ph.D., and Lindsay Chipman M.A. Mark Vail Psy.D will serve as facilitator and discussant, providing an opportunity for participants to engage in deepened reflection about the content presented.  (Pre-accreditation for 14 hours of CEUs with the OPQ -Ordre des Psychologues du Québec currently in progress).

Therapy often begins with the presumption that clients arrive with sufficient openness and emotional capacity to face painful feelings and progress toward achieving their therapeutic goals. Research shows, however, that therapy is only helpful for about half of clients, with approximately 15 percent of clients actually getting worse as a result of treatment. High, unregulated anxiety and barriers to emotional intimacy are treatment obstacles that interfere with clients’ ability to make successful use of treatment. This frequently results in unrealized therapeutic goals and premature dropouts. In order to help clients more consistently achieve their goals and build healthier ways of relating, therapists benefit immeasurably when we are able to recognize and address these obstacles.  By learning to collaboratively identify barriers to emotional closeness in the treatment relationship, and to rapidly recognize and regulate debilitating symptoms of anxiety, therapists will be able to reliably build deeper therapeutic alliances from which greater growth and intimacy can emerge. Participants of this symposium will gain an understanding of the nature and function of barriers to emotional intimacy in the therapeutic relationship, learn methods to clearly identify and restructure blocks to client self-awareness around treatment defeating behaviors, and learn how to effectively identify and regulate anxiety that is above a healthy threshold.


  1. Steven S. Shapiro, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in Philadelphia with over 25 years teaching and clinical experience who specializes in Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy/STDP and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy/AEDP . He is a senior faculty and a founding member of the AEDP Institute in New York City, and he was the Director of Psychology and Education at Montgomery County Emergency Services Psychiatric Services.

“Transforming Resistance:  Working with the Challenges of High Defence and High Anxiety” 

October 12, 2018, 9-5pm

  1. Deborah Pollack, Ph.D. is clinical psychologist trained in Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy/STDP since 2009 and is certified practitioner of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy/AEDP. She currently holds clinical faculty positions at Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University, and she has a private practice in Syracuse, New York.

“To lead and follow: Using experiential dynamic therapy techniques to meet clients where they are, guide them through impasses, and help them achieve their goals.”  

October 13, 2018, 9-12:30pm

  1. Lindsay Chipman, MA is a licensed psychotherapist and a certified practitioner of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy/ISTDP and is furthering her specialization in ISTDP Advanced Training and Teacher/Supervisory Training in Washington, DC. She currently has a full time private practice in Montreal, QC and she teaches Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy/EDT privately.

“Facilitating Grief: Grieving as Essential in the Restructuring of Anxiety and Resistance”

 October 13, 2018, 1:30-5pm

  1. Mark Vail, Psy D. is a psychoanalytically-trained clinical psychologist specializing

in the practice, teaching, and supervision of Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT). He is committed to making the theory and technique of Experiential Dynamic Therapy increasingly accessible to therapists of all theoretical orientations via the development of novel, experiential learning approaches that more properly complement the experiential nature of the therapeutic approach itself.

Facilitator and Discussant – “Four Movements in the Key of Grief”



12 October 2018
13 October 2018
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Lindsay Chipman


Atwater Library, Montreal, QC
1200 Atwater Avenue
Westmount, Québec H3Z 1X4 Canada
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