Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020

6.0 CE/CME 

Psychoanalysts experience a variety of challenges related to working with sexual issues in treatment. When the range of erotic expression in patients include less traditional forms of sexuality some topics may feel too “hot” to handle or outside our ken lacking adequate theory and technique to guide us. This workshop will focus on two topics, polyamory and kink, to provide psychoanalytic understanding and therapeutic approaches that can be used in individual or couple treatment. The presenter will provide case vignettes that illustrate the integration of psychoanalytic, couple systems and cognitive behavioral sex therapy approaches.

BIO: Suzanne Iasenza, PhD is on the faculties of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP) in NYC and the Adelphi University Derner Institute’s Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She also teaches at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She is co-editor of the books Lesbians and Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Theory and Practice (1995) and Lesbians, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis: The Second Wave (2004) and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and sex therapy in New York City. Her most recent papers, “What’s Queer About Sex: Expanding Sexual Frames in Theory and Practice” (2010) and “Transforming Sexual Narratives” (2016) were published in Family Process and The Psychotherapy Networker”, respectively.

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe common misperceptions about polyamory and kink.

2) Discuss theoretical perspectives that help frame treatment with polyamorous or kink patients.

3) Describe therapeutic technique used in individual or couple treatment with polyamorous or kink patients.

1. Morin, J. (1995). The erotic mind. New York: HarperPerennial.
2. Nichols, M. (2006). Psychotherapeutic issues with “kinky” clients: Clinical problems, yours and theirs. Available online at:
3. Sheff, E. (2014). The polyamorists next door. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.
4. Stoller, R. (1975). Perversion: The Erotic form of hatred. New York: Delta.