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Intimacy and Sexuality: A 2-day Symposium

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The dynamics of Intimacy and Sexuality in couple relationships are multi-faceted, often complex, and closely intertwined with adult attachment representations. As therapists and counsellors – our challenges can be compounded by the fact that apparent manifestations of couple conflict including anger, aggression and infidelity may have deeper roots in issues surrounding intimacy and sexuality; issues that couples may avoid explicitly talking about.  
At this practical symposium, which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors; we aim to comprehend some of the most challenging aspects of couple intimacy and sexuality. The symposium draws on recent advances in developmental psychology and Attachment research to explore:
  • Toxic dynamics in intimate partner relationships: are these attributable to disturbed attachment systems? What impact do these have on the individuals and their children? 
  • The role of Shame & Dissociation in the context of Compulsive Sexual Behaviour: what happens when a yearning for closeness is coupled with a fear of intimacy? 
  • How do we comprehend premature sexualisation and hyper-sexualisation in light of changing societal mores?
  • What does caring mean in the context of adult intimacy, sexuality and eroticism? How does this relate to conflict and disharmony in couple relationships?
  • What happens when couples have a disappearing sex life? Can there be coexistence between the Erotic and love?  
Through lectures, audience interactions, case examples and panel discussions, the symposium explores how therapists can be deeply affected by, and drawn into, the dynamics related to couple challenges pertaining to intimacy and sexuality. Specifically, we look at situations that can lead to impasse and how these can be worked through.
Location London
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 08 Nov 2019
Start time 10:00am
Venue Address Broadway House, Tothill Street, SW1H 9NQ
Amount £249
Organiser Nscience
Speaker Christiane Sanderson, Dr Gwen Adshead, Anna Motz and Silva Neves
CPD hours 10
Contact No. 020 7096 1722
Keywords Psychological, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Relationship, Therapeutic, Therapy, training
Regions Greater London