The Case of Grace: Strategic Rationales Underlying the Therapy Process


  • Erica R. Pass



Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Expressive Writing, psychotherapy integration, trauma case study, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), case study, clinical case study


This is a response to three commentaries to my case study of "Grace" (Pass, 2012), which utilized an integrative treatment for a survivor of a single traumatic incident. My therapeutic approach (the "AEDP-Writing" model) began with a foundation in Diana Fosha’s Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and then added Expressive Writing to the treatment in order for Grace to more directly process her trauma. Two of the commentaries are by practitioners and scholars of integrative treatment, Stanley Messer and George Stricker, and the third is by a pair of more empirically-influenced researchers, Kara Harmon and Michael Lambert. In the following response, I consider these thoughtful commentaries and offer my feedback.

Author Biography

Erica R. Pass

Ean Fishman, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief, Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy Professor of Clinical and Organizational Psychology Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Rutgers University Mailing address: 57 Jaffray Court Irvington, NY 10533 914-693-8549 fax: 603-917-2567 email:




How to Cite

Pass, E. R. (2012). The Case of Grace: Strategic Rationales Underlying the Therapy Process. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 8(2), 139–149.