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Janine de Peyer: Female Erotic Countertransference and the Dissociation of Desire

  • 25 Mar 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom


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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology 


Janine de Peyer, LCSW-R

Female Erotic Countertransference
and the Dissociation of Desire

Zoom Clinical Conference

2 Continuing Education Credits

Saturday March 25, 2023

Art: Scheherazade , H. Lyman Saÿen, 

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of H. Lyman Sayen to his nation

   11am - 1 pm

On Zoom

2 CECs (Division 39) 

2 CECs (NASW): Approved for Social Work, LPCs & LMFTs 

begins 10:45

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

The Talk  

Why has so little been written about the female analyst’s sexual desire?  

This workshop will explore cultural and gender prohibitions against the acknowledgement of female analysts’ erotic arousal within the therapeutic dyad (whether heterosexual, same-sex or gender variant). Anchored by a clinical presentation in which an older, cisgendered, heterosexual female analyst finds herself unmoored by erotic stirrings toward her younger, cisgendered, heterosexual male patient, de Peyer will explore the emergence of dissociative transference-countertransference dynamics of desire, and their culturally embedded associations to gender, power, ageism, and the incest taboo. She will primarily be drawing on works by Atlas, Davies, Elise.

The Speaker

Janine de Peyer, LCSW-R is Faculty and Supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP), the Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center, and the Florida Psychoanalytic Center.  She is Associate Editor with Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and has published on transference/countertransference, eroticism, dissociation, and the Uncanny.

Publications include, Unspoken Rhapsody: Female Erotic Countertransference and the Dissociation of Desire, (2022); Uncanny Communication and the Porous Mind, (2016); and Private Terrors: Sexualized Aggression and a Psychoanalyst’s Fear of Her Patient (2002).

Originally from London, Janine is in private practice in Manhattan where she integrates EMDR and creative visualization within a relational psychoanalytic framework.

Conference Schedule

10:45 – 11:00 

Presentation 11:00 – 1:00  

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1.  Understand how cultural associations to gender, power, and the incest taboo affect the experience of eroticism in the analytic dyad. 

ecome familiar with the risks and clinical opportunities made possible by both private, and expressive, uses of erotic countertransference. 

nderstand clinical indications both for and against considered self-disclosure of erotic countertransference.  


1. De Peyer, J. (2021). Unspoken Rhapsody: Female Erotic Countertransference and the Dissociation of Desire. Psychoanalytic Perspectives,

2. Davies, J. M. (1998) Between the Disclosure and Foreclosure of Erotic Transference-Countertransference: Can Psychoanalysis Find a Place for Adult Sexuality?. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 8:747-766

3.  Atlas, G. (2012) Sex and the Kitchen: Thoughts on Culture and Forbidden Desire. Psychoanalytic Perspectives 9:220-232

4.  Elise, D. (2017) Moving from within the Maternal: The Choreography of Analytic Eroticism. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 65:33-60

5. Elise, D. (2008) Sex and Shame: The Inhibition of Female Desires. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association56:73-98


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. CECs are also pproved 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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