– Démann Method Emo-Behavioural Analysis –

Understand, feel, and move forward!

An analytical method that uses emotions to regulate behaviour.

Welcome to the website for the AEMD associations.

The AEMD Association was created in 2010, under Swiss law. Its objective is to support, publicise and develop the AEMD, or in English, the Démann Method Emo-Behavioural Analysis.

It is financed exclusively through private donations and has been granted « Public interest Foundation » status in 2017. 


In order to share its unique therapy with patients (or future practitioners), and to make itself known on a wider scale, its name must be known. This name must be able to show its main specific features, that is to say, an analytical method that uses emotions to modulate behaviour, developed by David Démann.

The Démann Method Emo-Behavioural Analysis is summarised in one acronym: the AEMD, which comes from the French, “Analyse Emo-comportementale Méthode Démann”.


The Emo-Behavioural Analysis was created in 2000, resulting from the reflections and experience of its creator, David Démann, who had wanted to become a practitioner but was not able to find a method that suited him. According to him, the « ideal » technique had to be able to make a link between behavioural therapy and working on the emotions, while also handling the fundamentals of psychoanalysis; a tool that is both practical and effective for the patient, without falling into superficial therapy. David Démann did not find the method he was looking for, so he created it himself. He designed the tool he needed to try out his experience: the AEMD, which is inspired by techniques derived from therapeutic behavioural models, and brings innovative tools in terms of emotion management while also calling upon some of the fundamentals of psychoanalysis.

The original AEMD Association, a public interest organisation, was thus born in Switzerland in 2010. Seven years later, it has just been granted with « Foundation » status. The French AEMD Association (governed under the French 1901 law on non-profit organisations) was then born in January 2016. Its goal is to provide financial support for therapies for low-income patients, promote DM Emo-Behavioural Analysis and train new practitioners in the method of its founder, David Démann.


The AEMD Foundation obeys strict rules:

  • The funds are exclusively from private sources (donations). We would like to thank our donors who have supported the association since its creation, especially Marina Picasso, who has made this human adventure possible.
  • With regard to AEMD Switzerland, operating funds are allocated as follows: 40% for training, 40% to cover sessions for people with modest incomes, and 20% for organising didactic seminars and theme days at summer universities. In addition to this is the funding of affiliated non-profit organisations in other countries.

  • Once a year, a committee meets to decide on the allocation of funds and approve the moral and financial report under the supervision of a Swiss accounting trustee (contact details are available on request). 


  • To promote the transmission of knowledge to new practitioners (through theoretical and didactic training, double-listening sessions, individual and group supervision etc.)
  • To allow patients with modest incomes to be treated, thanks either to health coverage or help with the cost of sessions.
  • To supervise the continuing training of practitioners through the organisation of themed seminars, information days and group work sessions on a given theme, on deepening the approach, enhancing the method and developing new tools etc.
  • To support and develop the influence of the Foundation and the Association by opening new offices.

– The basics on Emo-Behavioural Analysis, par David Démann  –

David Démann has developed an original method to allow his patients to rid themselves of their emotional « masks ». From posture to imposture, we are often the best at fooling ourselves. Through the use of innovative verbal tools, the Démann method is centred on finding the match between our desires and our unconscious behaviour. Once we have unmasked our false pretences, this opens a psychic field where the patient has the freedom to reconnect with himself and alter his behaviour.

« Everything is based on observation — it is emotion, rather than comprehension, that creates inner movement. This then translates into an external movement — behaviour. But when we are put into motion and can reach emotional autonomy, we feel good. Hence the fundamentals of my method, which is addressed to people who have experienced traumas, situations that can cause a mental block, or imbalanced patterns. Putting these traumas behind them can be difficult. Some, even after going through « classical » analyses, feel embarrassed, hindered, or even blocked. Others develop addictions, phobias or somatisations, amongst others. The method is very effective for anyone who is not coping well with their neuroses, as it is neither medical, psychiatric nor esoteric ».

It is an analytical method based on words that is built on an open and sustained dialogue, which the practitioner and the patient are both involved in through sessions lasting about an hour and a half.

For this, the practitioner uses a variety of tools and themes, as well as verbal and metaphorical models, which allow the patient to push reflection and perception beyond the agreed discourses and to transfer them very quickly into new behaviour ».

Having been immersed in the world of psychoanalysis from a very young age, and after studying psychology, David Démann continued his research. After training in behavioural and cognitive therapies followed by 15 years of practice, the AEMD was born.

By learning to break down the emotions that come to the surface in his words, the patient can identify his inner wounds. The role of the practitioner is to accompany this « swaying » between the inner movement created by emotion, and the external movement that translates into behaviour. Once the emotional mechanics have been decrypted, the patient can consciously leave behind the neurotic systems that hinder him.

A few statistics

Over 15 years of perspective

More than 1 000 patients successfully treated

25 sessions on average per patient


The Marina Picasso AEMD Foundation Award for the development of new therapeutic EFT/CBT models.

As of 2017, the AEMD Foundation is positioning itself to help people develop innovative concepts, particularly in the field of emotion-based therapies. The Foundation offers a scholarship to the winner each year.

The deadline for submitting projects is 31st December 2017.

The three finalist projects will be presented at the annual AEMD Gala evening on 30th March 2018. After a vote from the jury, the winner will be awarded with the AEMD Marina Picasso Foundation Award for the development of new EFT/CBT therapeutic models, as well as a grant of 30,000 Swiss francs to finance his/her research or project. The other two projects will receive 10,000 Swiss francs respectively.


You would like to become a Practitioner

Criteria: Each candidate, before enrolment, must have completed his/her Démann Method Emo-Behavioural Analysis. 

Dates: Beginning in September 2017, the AEMD Foundation offers Training in Emo-Behavioural Analysis with a new 24 days/year module for two years, in a group of 6-10 people. The training will be spread over two days per month, for the ten months of the academic year and 4 additional days in July, as a summer seminar. The first group training will start on 15th September 2017 in our Parisian premises. 

First year program:

  • Exploration of existing therapeutic models.
  • Presentation of the formal didactic bases of the Method.
  • Deciphering the Founding Concepts.
  • Presentation and practice of Verbal and Metaphorical Tools.
  • Work on the therapist’s stance.

Second year programme:

  • Detection & Diagnosis.
  • The Singular Curriculum.
  • Case Studies.
  • Contextualisation and real cases, exercises applied.

Price: €4,800/year (192 teaching hours/year).

Diploma: The two-year curriculum is endorsed by an AEMD Certificate, which allows one to practice the Démann Method Emo-Behavioural Analysis. The new practitioner shall remain under individual supervision for the first two years of practice and must participate in monthly AEMD supervision.

The AEMD Association in France, which opened its doors in January 2016, respects the fundamentals of the original Swiss Association, which became a Foundation in 2017.

All requests for training must be addressed by completing the Individual Information Sheet


AEMD offers themed reflection days on the following subjects from the beginning of the 2017 academic year.


1: Getting out of the violent trap: How to overcome traumatic experiences that have left major emotional and behavioural scars.

2: Learning how to adapt yourself without betraying yourself — what if finding the right balance means letting go and finding your self-esteem?

3: Accepting your desires in order to flourish: How can you feel aligned with your desires without letting them go?

4: Solitude or freedom: Is this choice just an illusion?

5: Is there a life after the end of a relationship? How can we think of carrying on without always having a fixation on meeting the next partner?

6: On the edge of a burnout: How to put « me » back in the centre of the equation.

7: Abuse: Breaking the silence to get your life back.

8: Support for ill and disabled people: Finding the right place.

9: Living with grief, and finding a way out.

10: The consequences of dissymmetry from professional success in a couple.

11: Special for 18-27 year-olds – Daring to disappoint: How to develop your independence by facing your fears.

– For each workshop –

  Standard or Advanced Module: 3 half days spread over 2 days

Price: €220 per Module

Registration form for themed seminar

Sending this form does not guarantee registration on the seminar, but is a simple request for information which will allow you to receive the planned schedules and location for the requested workshop.

Inquiry form


Swiss Address: 

Fondation AEMD

5, rue du pas de l’ours – Case postale 108

3963 Crans Montana 2 – Suisse


French Address: 

Association AEMD France

10, rue du Bac

75007 Paris – France