About David & Karen
David Mars, MFT, PhD
David Mars, PhD, has trained with Dr. Fosha since 2005. He entered the study of AEDP after thirty years as a process-oriented, somatically and empathically-focused couple and individual psychotherapist.
Since the 1970s, Dr. Mars has been developing innovative techniques of integrating the body into individual, couple and group therapy to deepen the relationally attuned experience of patients in treatment. He has taught Authentic Movement for many years, having trained and consulted with Janet Adler, PhD.
Dr. Mars has also cultivated a deep awareness of the expressions of the heart, breathing, muscles, and nervous system through the learning gained from two decades of integrating biofeedback and video-feedback into couples treatment and psychotherapy.
Dr. Mars is an Adjunct Faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies, where he has integrated AEDP into his teaching.
He is the developer of AEDP for Couples and leads workshops nationally and internationally on that topic.
David is the co-founder of the Center for Transformative Therapies in Marin County California.
DAVID CONDUCTS AEDP THERAPY FOR:
Karen Pando-Mars, MFT
Karen Pando-Mars specializes the in the healing and transformation of early attachment trauma in her work with individuals, couples and groups.
She draws from her background in experiential, relational, and somatic psychotherapies, all of which have been deeply integrated with AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy). She began training and consultation with Dr. Diana Fosha in 2005.
Karen is a Senior Faculty member of the AEDP Institute. She presents AEDP trainings and workshops nationally and internationally. She has been the helm faculty for the AEDP Essential Skills courses in the SF Bay area and in Vancouver, BC. She is lead supervisor for SF Bay Area AEDP Core training and faculty supervisor of the AEDP for Couples Core Training.
In private practice in San Rafael, CA, Karen develops therapeutic relationships with her patients through collaboration, authenticity and a sincere desire to make a difference. In treatment, she helps her patients connect more deeply with themselves to heal early life trauma and catalyze change and transformation in the areas of life that matter most.
She is one of the founders of AEDP West and Co-founder of the Center for Transformative Therapies.