Most therapists will be aware of sexual feelings in their therapeutic work with clients. Some therapists will frame this as erotic transference or counter transference and perhaps not be willing to see any here and now erotic feelings as belonging to them and the client.
Sexual feelings may emanate only from the client, but most of us will recognise our own feelings of attraction to some clients from time to time. Rarely are therapists taught to work with these issues, and often therapists find it difficult taking such complex feelings to supervision.
It may be particularly difficult to seek consultation on such feelings if one is a gay male therapist due to societal projections on to gay men as “hypersexual” and “predatorily seductive.”
This workshop will explore sexual attraction and erotic feelings, whether ‘real' or transference based and how one can work with them ethically and professionally. There is tremendous therapeutic potential in being able to work creatively with such feelings.
Training time is from 1pm to 7pm.