Lust, Rage, Chaos and Love: Erotic Transference in Psychotherapy
– Felicia Matto-Shepard, LMFT
Sat March 14, 2020 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm$100.00 – $110.00
Narrative: While all psychotherapists are trained to understand that “therapy never includes sex,” few feel adequately train in how to navigate sexual content that might emerge in the course of treatment. And when the sexual content is directed toward the therapist, many feel unprepared to respond. Merely setting boundaries with the patient without exploring the meaning of the erotic transference risks the loss of a vital archetypal energy that could be critical to the patient’s development. At the same time, eros has the potential to create chaos and destruction. When we don’t address eros in the room, it is relegated to the shadow of the unconscious where it can cause more harm.
This workshop will provide a framework for understanding the archetypal nature of erotic transference and its potential to function as a defense or as a healing force. Based in Jungian psychology, the presentation will include a theoretical framework of mythology and archetype, case examples of both the healing and destructive nature of eros, and experiential exercises to apply the material. We will consider variations of gender and sexual orientation, lust and rage as defenses against connection and the place of love in psychotherapy.
Felicia Matto-Shepard, MFT is a certified Jungian Analyst in private practice in Petaluma. She works at the intersection of psychology, embodiment and imagination. She has a long time interest in sexuality, power and gender. In addition to psychotherapy, Felicia teaches classes in active imagination through process art. Felicia is an Analyst Member of the CG Jung Institute of San Francisco.
$75 early registration, up to 10 days prior to class, $90 after
$100 early registration, up to 10 days prior to class, $110 after
CEs: 4 CEs for LMFT & LCSWs and 4 CEs for Psychologists
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