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Andrea Celenza, PhD: Clinical Conference Essays on Transference, Love, and Being in Psychoanalysis

  • 11 May 2024
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom


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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology 


Andrea Celenza, PhD

 Essays on Transference, Love, and Being in Psychoanalysis 

Zoom Clinical Conference

2 Continuing Education Credits

Saturday May 11, 2024

Art: Antonio Canova, "Psyché ranimée par le baiser de l'Amour," 1787 / 1793 (Fin du XVIIIe siècle - début du XIXe siècle) Louvre Museum, Paris

11am - 1 pm.

begins 10:45

2 CECs (Division 39) 

2 CECs (NASW): Has been approvedl for Social Work, LPCs & LMFTs 

A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the event.

The Talk  

This presentation will be organized around 3 essays from Dr. Celenza’s most recent book, Transference, Love, Being:  Essential Essays from the Field. The first essay will feature the ubiquitous yet poorly understood topic of love in psychoanalysis, its role both historically and in contemporary practice as well as the ways in which we understand, identify and work with its presence. The second essay will discuss the difference between transference love and real love, including how these two concepts have been historically confused. A clarification on how to understand and prevent the misuse of these conceptualizations will also be discussed. Finally, the topic of maternal eroticism will be presented along with a gripping case study that demonstrates how love and sexuality are imbricated in the maternal erotic transference. Each essay will be presented for about 20 minutes, followed by commentary and questions from participants.

The Speaker

Andrea Celenza, PhD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is also Adjunct Faculty at the NYU Post-Doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and The Florida Psychoanalytic Center. She has written numerous papers on love, sexuality and psychoanalysis and is on the Editorial Board of JAPA. The recipient of several awards, her writings have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Chinese and Farsi. Her third book, entitled, Transference, Love, and Being: Essential Essays from the Field, was published in 2022 by Routledge. She has two new books in press:  A contemporary introduction to erotic transferences and an edited volume on perverse scenarios.  She is in private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts. 

Conference Schedule

10:45 – 11:00 

Presentation 11:00 – 1:00  

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1. be able to describe the nature of love and its healing properties in the psychoanalytic context.

2. be able to discuss the false dichotomization of transferences as real or unreal.

3. be able to make use of maternal erotic transferences in the clinical setting.


1.Ogden, T.H. (2020). "Toward a revised form of analytic thinking and practice: The evolution of analytic theory of mind." Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 89:219-243.

2.Celenza, A. (2017). "Lessons learned on or about the couch. What sexual boundary transgressions can teach us about everyday practice." Psychoanalytic Psychology, 34:157-162.

3.Lombardi, R. (2008). "The body in the analytic session: Focusing on the body-mind link." International Journal Psychoanalysis. 89:89-109.


The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.

Continuing Education

This conference has been approved for for 2 continuing education credits by Div. 39. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Has also been approved for l CECs from NASW-CT.

If continuing education credit is desired, please mark the appropriate box on the registration page, for our records. In addition,100% attendance and a completed evaluation form is required to receive CEC certificates. The evaluation form will be sent in the form of an online survey to all registrants within a few hours after the event, and if you attend the full conference and return that you will be sent a certificate of attendance.

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