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Karen Pando-Mars, MFT, PhD

Psychotherapist, cofounder AEDP West

Karen Pando-Mars is a psychotherapist and senior faculty member of the Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Institute. She has a deeply felt sense for AEDP for Couples, as developer David Mars’ wife and partner for more than 33 years of marriage, throughout which time their studies and interests drew them to Authentic Movement, Process Work, and finally AEDP.

Her most recent publication, “Tailoring AEDP Interventions to Attachment Style,” (2016) Transformance: The AEDP Journal, 6 (2), is the basis for her upcoming book, which will be published by Norton.

Karen’s background in experiential, relational, and somatic psychotherapies and her long-time interest in deepening connection between self and other have been met in consultation and close collaboration with AEDP Institute’s founder, Diana Fosha, since 2005.  Karen’s focus in healing relational trauma has been grounded and elaborated through the model of AEDP: precise tracking of attachment principles, related neuroscience, and transformational process inspires and guides her work with individuals, couples, and groups.

Karen is lead faculty of AEDP Essential and Advanced Skills courses in the San Francisco Bay Area, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Tel Aviv, Israel.  She supervises and trains clinicians worldwide.

Karen’s presence, candor, and warmth in her teaching style are complimented by the organization and clarity with which she translates complex theory into user-friendly interventions.