David Mars Ph.D.

Developer of AEDP for Couples


As a young therapist, Dr. Mars went into couple therapy looking for help.

Instead, he found that the models offered seemed to make matters worse - more drawn out and contentious - rather than better.

This set into motion four decades of dedicating himself to develop a couple’s model that worked in a kind, effective and time-efficient way.

Today, Dr. Mars is a Senior Faculty member of the AEDP Institute, an organization that trains therapists internationally. Dr. Mars has developed the AEDPfC approach in close collaboration with Diana Fosha, the Director and founder of the Institute since 2005.

He practices couple therapy in the SF Bay Area, travels extensively and trains and supervises therapists in AEDPfC worldwide. He has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is an adjunct Faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Karen Pando-Mars M.F.T.


Karen brings a long-held and passionate interest in the attachment dynamics that facilitate deep and lasting connection between Self and Other.

She offers a depth of presence grounded in a well-honed skill-base, combined with her ability to "feel into” the struggles, strengths, fears and victories of her clients, supervisees and training participants.

Karen has been married to the developer of AEDP-for-Couples, David Mars, since 1985. She says, “…the intentions and creative actions of practicing at home what we ask our couples to do in therapy is no small endeavor; it is the ultimate inspirational force in our lives together.”

Since 2011, she has been a lead faculty of AEDP Essential and Advanced Skills courses, and co-faculty of AEDP for Couples courses across the United States and internationally. Her 2016 publication, “Tailoring AEDP Interventions to Attachment Style” is the basis for her upcoming book, which will be co-authored with Diana Fosha, Ph.D. and published by Norton & Co.

On a personal note from David and Karen