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The Relational Challenges of Love & Sexuality in the Consulting Room – Paul Renn

May 12 @ 10:00 am-1:00 pm


Paul Renn

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.

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This seminar will be suitable for all talking therapists and related health professionals (incl those in training).

Tickets: £57, Early Bird booking before 2018 – £47

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Includes parking and refreshments but not lunch. CPD certificates and handouts will be supplied.

Alternatively to book: email or phone 07599 369566 with the name of the event(s) you wish to attend plus the following information: your full name; postal address; best contact telephone number and job title.

Postal address for cheques: Wendy Bramham, 47C Kingsbury St, Marlborough SN8 1JE.
A confirmation and receipt will be emailed to you.


May 12
10:00 am-1:00 pm


Wendy Bramham
07599 369566


St George’s Centre
206 Andover Road,
Newbury,BerkshireRG14 6NU
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