402 The Now Moment

Chris Germer and Diana Fosha

Chris GermerDiana Fosha

Over the years, our notions of therapeutic interaction have increasingly come to emphasize a quality of “now-ness” and immediate presence for both therapist and client. Our current ideas of what constitutes a corrective emotional experience have changed with the advent of somatic therapy, mindfulness, and other present-focused influences. In this premiere event, mindfulness experts Chris Germer and Diana Fosha join us in discussing the now approach to therapy, focusing on:

  • how the “now-ness” factor informs their own work as well as how it’s shaped similar approaches
  • the strengths and limitations of a now-oriented perspective on change
  • the pitfalls of fully using the moment when a practitioner isn’t up to the task of being fully present in their work
  • ways to adapt mindfulness to the demands of clinical practice and the needs of our clients


Diana Fosha, PhD, is the developer of Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and director of the AEDP Institute. She’s the author of The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change and 1st editor, together with Daniel Siegel and Marion Solomon, of The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development, and Clinical Practice. APA (American Psychological Association) has issued two DVDs of her live AEDP work with patients, which can be accessed by going to http://www.apa.org/pubs/videos. She will be teaching an AEDP Immersion course in New York City November 18-22, 2013. Her papers and other trainings are available on the AEDP website: http://www.aedpinstitute.org/

Christopher Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy. He is a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice. Website: http://www.mindfulselfcompassion.org/

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