This seminar will explore the sexual and idealised attraction between therapist and client from a relationship standpoint. Paul Renn will draw on developmental theory as well as drawing on clinical “moments” & case discussion to explore the relational and ethical challenges of love and sexuality in the consulting room.
Paul will give a talk in three sections:
1. Modern developmental theory regarding sexuality
- demystification of psychoanalytic thinking
- relational and attachment perspectives
- regulation of affect integrating love and desire, attachment and sexuality
2. Love and Sexuality in the Consulting Room
- different forms of love within the therapeutic relationship
- difficulties of enactments
- the contentious issue of therapist self-disclosure
- factors that may cause boundary-crossing
3. Moments of Meeting – A clinical vignette
- the importance of playfulness whilst maintaining boundaries
- selective self-disclosure to create meaningful and authentic emotional connections with clients, which can feel risky
There will be plenty of time for questions, answers and discussion.
Paul Renn is a UKCP accredited relational psychoanalytic psychotherapist and author in private practice in London. He is a training therapist and supervisor and latterly trained at The Centre for Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, now renamed The Bowlby centre. He is the author of a number of book chapters and journal articles published in the UK, and the author of The Silent past and the Invisible Present.