SueAnne Piliero

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  • CAMFT's 2023 annual conference
    In-person May 5 - 6, 2023 - Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA


SueAnne Piliero, LMFT

SueAnne Piliero, PhD

SueAnne has been developing Core Self Reclamation Therapy (CSRT), formerly called Fierce Love, for over a decade, working with patients and teaching the model to a wide range of clinical audiences across the country and around the world. 

She has been an invited speaker at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium and the Cape Cod Institute. In addition, her clinical work was featured by the American Psychological Association (APA) as part of their video series featuring renowned psychotherapists doing live demonstrations with real patients.

She is a founding member of the AEDP Institute (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), where she is currently Senior Faculty Emerita. Currently, she is writing a book on CSRT with her partner, Raoul Rosenberg.

SueAnne received her doctorate from Adelphi University and her master’s degree in human development and psychology from Harvard. She is known for her warm, open, engaging teaching style and her ability to communicate complex topics with humor and clarity. She teaches, supervises, provides individual and group consultation, and is in private practice in Nyack, NY. She is the author of “Fierce Love: Championing the Core Self to Transform Trauma and Pathogenic States (Piliero, 2021).”



Transforming Trauma and Reclaiming the Core Self Through Fierce Love:  An Introduction to CSRT (Part I)
Saturday | May 6, 2023
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
(1.5 CEs)

Workshop Description:

Working with trauma and attachment wounds requires not just learning the theory or techniques; it requires boldly bringing ourselves into the healing equation. Core Self Reclamation Therapy (CSRT) is a relationally bold new clinical model devoted to undoing the structure of the Wounded Self so that the Core Self can be reclaimed. The CSRT Therapist targets the entrenched defenses and toxic shame states created by distorted mirroring and other traumatic experiences, standing in on behalf of the patient’s Core Self to guide our patients back to their birthright of love. 

In this workshop, we will explore how to enhance and accelerate healing through specific interventions that target the deepest intrapsychic wounds.  

Learning Objectives:

The participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the active Fierce Love therapeutic stance .
  2. Divine Micro-track and micro-attune.
  3. Apply the Present-Day Self to do the work of intrapsychic healing through parts work. 

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