Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020

Speaker: Galit Atlas, PhD


Abstract: Galit Atlas will explore the relation between sexuality and attachment, both as separate and related phenomenon. The  clinical cases presented will be used to address difficulties around the modulation of excitement, as well as patterns of distress and regulation that are observed in current infant research. We will focus on the developmental trajectory of sexuality, including the classic themes of overstimulation, seduction, and betrayal in the early relationship to the mother. Particular attention will be given to the details of clinical work with overtly sexual material and with the analyst’s own sexual subjectivity.

Bio: Dr. Galit Atlas is on the faculty at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and faculty at the Four Year Adult and National Training Programs at NIP. She is the author of The Enigma of Desire: Sex, Longing and Belonging in Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2015), and of Dramatic Dialogue: Contemporary Clinical Practice (co-authored with Lewis Aron. Routledge, 2017). Atlas serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Perspectives and is the author of articles and book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality.Her NYT article “A tale of Two Twins” was the winner of a 2016 Gradiva award. Atlas is a psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in private practice in New York City.

Learning Objectives:

1) Participants will be able to describe a potential impact of early attachment on adult sexuality.

2) Participants will be able to identify a moment in the case presented representative of a Relational orientation.

3) Participants will be able to analyze patterns of distress and regulation presented in a case.


Atlas, G. (2016). The enigma of desire: Sex, longing, and belonging in psychoanalysis. New York, NY: Routledge.

Benjamin, J., Atlas, G. (2015). The ‘Too Muchness’ of Excitement: Sexuality in Light of Excess, Attachment and Affect Regulation. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 96:39-63.

Benjamin, J. (2004). Revisiting the riddle of sex. In I. Matthis (Ed.), Dialogues on sexuality, gender, andpsychoanalysis (pp. 145-172). London, UK: Karnac.