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Erotic Revelations: What Countertransferences Can Illuminate

  • 7 Mar 2020
  • (CST)
  • 8 Mar 2020
  • (CDT)
  • 3 sessions
  • 7 Mar 2020, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM (CST)
  • 7 Mar 2020, 2:00 PM 4:00 PM (CST)
  • 8 Mar 2020, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM (CDT)
  • The Chicago School, 325 N. Wells St.


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Andrea Celenza, PhD

March 6-8, 2020

Andrea Celenza, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Faculty at the NYU Post-Doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School.  She is Co-Director (with Martha Stark, MD) of a blended, online pr

gram in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy sponsored by William James College.  As part of this program, she offers an on-line course, What, Where is Psychoanalysis? Classic Concepts, New Meanings, tracing a trajectory of psychoanalytic theorizing from the intrapsychic to the intersubjective.

Dr. Celenza is the recipient of several awards and has authored two books.   Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory and Academic Contexts and Erotic Revelations:  Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios. She is in private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts.   

Seminar Title

Erotic Revelations:  What Countertransferences Can Illuminate

Seminar description

Some form of erotic transferences of whatever shape, should make their way into every analysis, yet our theories have become desexualized to an extent that fails to prepare clinicians with the necessary armamentarium to cope with the level of desire and erotic material likely to emerge. This workshop aims to address the deficiency in our literature and theories of technique and to encourage more open discussion about erotic transferences in all of their manifestations.  In particular, I will discuss the varieties and meanings of the analyst’s countertransference over the course of a psychoanalytic process.  I will discuss the analysis of a range of erotic transferences from the analyst’s point of view, and how these countertransference experiences aid the analyst in understanding unconscious factors in the patient’s experience. 


Bolognini, S. (1994). Transference: Erotised, erotic, loving, affectionate.  International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 75, 73-86.

Celenza, A. (2014). Erotic Revelations: Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios. NY: Routledge.

Fonagy, P. (2008). A genuinely developmental theory of sexual enjoyment and its implications for psychoanalytic technique. Journal American Psychoanalytic Association, 56, 11-36.

Stein, R. (1998). The poignant, the excessive and the enigmatic in sexuality. International Journal Psychoanalysis, 79, 253-268.

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