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New Haven Region Mini-Meeting with Barbara Marcus, PhD: "Working with Erotic Transferences: The Clinical Challenge of Otherness"

  • 14 Feb 2016
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • The home of Allison Brownlow

New Haven Region Mini-Meeting

Sunday February 14, 2016

1-3 PM

Working with Erotic Transferences:

The Clinical Challenge of Otherness 

Presenter: Barbara Marcus, PhD


We all live and work in the context of a changed and evolving cultural landscape of gender and sexual variation and an unprecedented availability to its myriad forms of expressions. Yet, focus on the erotic transference-- a concept so central to Freud's theories and clinical findings-- has diminished in contemporary practice.  Theoretical and technical shifts such as a greater contemporary emphasis on aggression, pre-Oedipal pathology, or postmodern thinking may have contributed to its paucity, but not to its clinical presence or potency. 

In this meeting, Barbara Marcus will present clinical vignettes that demonstrate the challenges we face when presented with erotically-charged material that, as therapists, we experience as unfamiliar, alien, or disturbing-- that we experience as Other. In doing so, she hopes to catalyze a discussion among all of us about how our own (counter)transferences influence our work with erotic transferences.

Barbara Marcus, PhD is a clinical psychologist who practices in New Haven. She is Training and Supervising Analyst at The Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis and on the clinical faculty of Yale’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Marcus has published and received awards nationally for her work in the area of gender and sexuality.


We will gather at the home of Allison Brownlow, PhD

8 High Meadow Road

North Haven, CT 06473

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