About me

Yuko Hanakawa, Ph.D.

NY State Licensed Clinical Psychologist

AEDP Institute, Senior Faculty

Dr. Hanakawa graduated from New York University with a Master’s degree in General Psychology and Adelphi University with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She is a New York State Licensed Clinical Psychologist. 

Her therapy style is characterized by a healing-oriented psychotherapy model called AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), combining holistic approaches such as hypnotherapy, neurofeedback, and cultural sensitivity.

Deeply inspired by an encounter while at Adelphi with Dr. Diana Fosha, the developer of AEDP, Dr. Hanakawa started her training in AEDP. She is particularly fascinated by deep and warm emotional engagement, the wisdom of the body, and the transformational phenomenology of mind and heart that AEDP brings about in clients. 

Dr. Hanakawa has written a book, papers for professional journals and book chapters on AEDP. Her first book, “Transforming your counseling skills: A practical method to heal emotions” (2020) introduces the basic concepts of AEDP to therapists in the easy-to-understand language (in Japanese). She wrote a chapter on AEDP in the “Handbook of Integrative Psychotherapy” (2021, in Japanese). Her chapter on moment-to-moment tracking appeared in a new AEDP book, Undoing Aloneness and the Transformation of Suffering Into Flourishing: AEDP 2.0 (2021, APA). Additionally, she was one of the translation supervisors of "The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change," (2017) the textbook of AEDP  by Dr. Diana Fosha. 

Over the last few years, Dr. Hanakawa has taught AEDP at training courses nationally and internationally. She created an educational organization, AEDP JAPAN, through which she transmits the wisdom of AEDP to Japanese therapists. 

Dr. Hanakawa is currently Senior Faculty at the AEDP Institute. She is a former faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai St. Luke's Hospital and directed the externship program for doctoral psychology students. She is currently in private practice in Manhattan, offering psychotherapy for adult individuals and supervision to therapists. Her interests include moment-to-moment tracking, memory reconsolidation, and the applications of AEDP to diverse populations, such as clients from various cultural backgrounds, and highly sensitive people.