how I work
Jennifer Edlin, MFT
It takes courage to reach out and seek help - to not go it alone. And there is wisdom in asking for help and seeking to try something new.
The style of psychotherapy I practice is firmly grounded in psychodynamic theory and is often informed by AEDP, mindfulness of experience in the present moment, work within the therapeutic relationship, somatics and attachment theory. I am happy to talk with you to explain what I mean by these terms and what these approaches look like in my work with clients.
My style as a therapist is warm, interactive and nonjudgmental, and a relationship of trust and respect is the foundation of my work.
My many years of experience as a lawyer/ business professional and my experience in long term relationship and as a parent inform my work as a therapist.
People looking to make changes in how they relate to others and the world around them, people with a mindfulness practice who are seeking therapy that integrates with their beliefs and people who have had a prior challenging experience in therapy often find our work to be deeply fulfilling and meaningful.
- Iwakabe, S., Edlin, J., Fosha, D., Gretton, H., Joseph, A. J., Nunnink, S. E., Nakamura, K., & Thoma, N. C. (2020). The effectiveness of accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP) in private practice settings: A transdiagnostic study conducted within the context of a practice-research network. Psychotherapy, 57(4), 548–561.
- Iwakabe, Shigeru & Edlin, Jenn & Thoma, Nathan. (2021). A phenomenological case study of accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy. The experience of change in the initial session from a client perspective. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.
- Iwakabe, S., Edlin, J., Fosha, D., Thoma, N. C., Gretton, H., Joseph, A. J., & Nakamura, K. (2022). The long-term outcome of accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy: 6- and 12-month follow-up results. Psychotherapy. Advance online publication.
I am a Senior Faculty Member of the AEDP Institute, have provided therapy to adult individuals for over 15 years, and work with clients from a wide range of backgrounds, who identify in many different ways, and who are wanting to heal, have better relationships, and thrive.
I have taught nationally and internationally on AEDP, the use of the therapist's self, healing trauma and working with transformational affects. I also helped to spearhead the launch of the Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in Law at UC Berkeley Law and serve as co-chair of the AEDP Research Committee helping to oversee a large-scale AEDP outcome research project based on 16-session AEDP treatment.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (working with individuals on both internal and relational issues - MFC 50731). In addition to working with clients, I consult with licensed therapists seeking to deepen their practice of AEDP and offer trainings in AEDP, relational therapy and attachment theory.
I received my undergraduate degree from Princeton University, a JD/MBA degree from New York University and an MA in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
areas of focus
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