Psychotherapeutic Forms of Love: from Eros to Agape | 30th January 2021
Saturday 30 January 2021 – A Live Webinar
A Webinar with Dr Andrea Celenza, Professor Paul Gilbert, Dr Richard Gipps and Dr Joy Schaverien
- Includes a recording of the event with access for a year (14 days post the event)
- Bookings close at 9.00am GMT Wednesday 27 January
This project began with a discussion between people working at Confer on whether love of the client is essential for the therapeutic process to work. Some thought it would be strange if a slowly emerging, intimate experience of deeply knowing another, and being known, did not result in love of some kind. Others wondered how a therapeutic stance of being loving might inhibit the client’s need to use the therapist as a hateful object.
We considered the many forms and representations of love that might arise in the relational field, from maternal tenderness to erotic desire.
We talked about the wider philosophical, theological question of whether love heals, and whether loving can ever be a deliberate project.
We thought about love as a product of the therapeutic frame – which makes it safe to give and receive these deep emotions without fear of consequences.
Find out more about the event and the Full Programme by clicking here.
Dr Joy Schaverien’s presentation will cover
Love and Loss within the Analytic Frame
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When we embark on psychotherapy with a stranger the shape the journey will take is always unknown. So it was with a man who was referred to treat the depression that had blighted his life. Then, three months later, with an unforeseen diagnosis of terminal cancer, the analysis deepened, the individuation process speeded up and a transference/ countertransference dynamic, characterised by eros in its many guises, developed. The intense love (and hate) that emerged, alongside the tragic circumstances, put the analytic frame under extreme pressure. Drawings, made by the analyst, will illustrate the personal as well as professional ending we came to.
The event Starts @ 13.00 GMT (08.00 EST) and concludes at 18:15