This workshop will aim to widen your knowledge of erotic material in the therapy room. Together we will consider why there is a paucity of material on erotic transference and counter transference. Normalising the presence of this in our practice will occur. Attendees will be encouraged to think back to past cases and share their own experiences with the group. The shared work will provide everyone with a framework to consider the erotic material developmentally and to define the function of the erotic presentation in both ourselves and in our clients.

Specific attention will be paid to our ability to stay present with our clients, to explore and expand on the meaning behind the material in terms of relationship needs. All attendees will be provided with a self- supervision set of questions to enable us to talk more freely about our thoughts, feelings, body experiences and behaviour when faced with erotic transference and countertransference so that we can work with an increased awareness in the therapy room.

Presenter Biography

Sally Openshaw is a Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist working in private practice in Devon. She is a UKCP recognised pracitioner and accredited fellow of COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapist). Sally has presented workshops on Erotic Transference and countertransference to COSRT during 2012-2013. She works from an integrative relationship model and is recognised by the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association as a trainer, supervisor and practitioner.

Sally manages Towerhouse Counselling, where she runs a BACP Accredited Diploma course and teaches on a range of CPCAB counselling trainings. Sally is an experienced Tutor, with a BEd in Education for Adult learners.

The main aims of the PDD are to

1. Develop a greater knowledge of erotic transference and countertransference.
2. Provide a safe and confidential space to discuss intimate details from clinical practice.
3. Consider case examples within a safe group setting.
4. Provide resources for further self-study.

Learning outcomes

1. Recognize and name different erotic feelings.
2. Normalise the presence in therapy room.
3. Identify ways to capture the meaning behind the erotic material.
4. Develop ways to self- supervise and speak to other practitioners.

This PDD will be relevant to

This training is suitable for all therapist who are working with clients regardless of their level of experience. It is anticipated that some group members will have more experience than others but that this is will allow for greater sharing between the group.


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Crowne Plaza Nottingham
Wollaton Street


Registration will be 9.30am with the workshop starting promptly at 10am. Two refreshment break and a light lunch will be provided. The workshop will finish at 4.30pm.