Join Sally Openshaw for a Professional Development Day to widen your knowledge and normalise the presence of erotic material in the therapy room.

This training day will aim to widen your knowledge of erotic transference and counter transference in the therapy room. Together with the presenter, you will be normalising the presence of this in your practice and participants 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 participants 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 counter-transference so that you 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 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 within a safe group setting
  • 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.


Please book your place online.


Clayton Hotel Belfast
22 Ormeau Avenue


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