This online workshop will aim to widen your knowledge of erotic transference and counter transference in the therapy room.

You will look at normalising the presence of this in your practice and Sally will share examples of past experiences that you may be able to relate to and reflect on. Sally will provide 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.


This workshop is split into three 45 minute sessions and each will be followed by a live Q&A session with Sally. The first session will begin at 9.30am and the event will finish 1.00pm with an extended Q&A session.

If you are unable to attend the live stream, you can still access the resource for two weeks afterwards via the on-demand service that will launch on Friday 14th August.

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Presenter biography

Sally Openshaw is a Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist working in private practice in Devon.  She is a UKCP recognised practitioner and accredited fellow of COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapist).  Sally has presented workshops on Erotic Transference and counter-transference since 2012.

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 used to run a BACP Accredited Diploma course and teaches on a range of counselling training. Sally is an experienced Tutor, with a BEd in Education for Adult learners.

Main aims

  • develop a greater knowledge of erotic transference and counter transference
  • provide a safe and confidential space to discuss intimate details from clinical practice
  • consider case examples
  • provide resources for further self-study

Learning outcomes

  • recognise and name different erotic feelings
  • normalise the presence in therapy room
  • identify ways to capture the meaning behind the erotic material
  • develop ways to self-supervise and speak to other practitioners

Who is this for?

This workshop is suitable for all therapists who are working with clients. We anticipate that some group members will have more experience than others and this will allow for greater sharing and learning in the group.