Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT) is an umbrella term to describe accelerated therapies that share the following characteristics:
- The Use of Psychodynamic Theory: The theory (supported by research) is that anxiety, feelings and defenses are all related. In EDT, clients are helped to become intimately aware of how each of these components are uniquely related to their problems. With greater awareness comes greater mastery of one's emotions and inner world.
- Experiential: The renowned psychotherapist Frieda Fromm-Reichmann wrote: "The patient needs an experience, not an explanation." Intellectually talking about problems is not enough. In order to make radical changes, clients need to be helped in the session to experience emotions that have been blocked or avoided.
- Transformation-oriented: The goal is to help clients achieve radical changes in as short of time as possible. In the end, meaningful change, no matter how long the therapy takes, is the priority. But therapists who practice EDT are particularly interested in highly-focused work, client co-participation and strategies to accelerate the therapeutic process.