Gay Love and Sexuality in the Psychoanalytic Situation: Working with Erotic Transference, Counter-Transference and Other Issues

November 3, 2018, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Historically mainstream psychoanalysis has largely subscribed to a pathological model in its approach to gay psychological development until the emergence of gay-affirmative psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy.  This workshop provides the clinician with an internal roadmap to describe a homosexual perspective on treatment that honors libido, oedipal configurations and the organization of personality in a gay-centered model.  Significant clinical moments are examined describing how the clinician utilizes various gay-affirmative,  psychoanalytically relevant interventions to address clients grappling with a  timid self-discovery process that is frequently overpowered with defenses against self-care, dissociation, undoing, negative internal messaging, internalized homophobia and toxic shame.  The primary focus of this workshop explores homosexual male psychology and the myriad manifestations of same-sex love and sexuality that may not be evident in the therapeutic setting, including heterosexual therapist-client dyads.  Also some discussion is dedicated to working with sexual minorities, including lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the concept of a gay-affirmative classical Oedipal perspective
  • Describe the basics of gay-affirmative psychoanalytic approach in working with clients
  • Utilize transference and countertransference to foster and strengthen capacity for gay love
  • Analyze a gay-centered path of psychological development towards individuation that is beyond the concept of the Kleinian notion of the depressive position
  • Discuss some history and roles of the LGBT person and clinical significance

Target Audience: This conference will be informative for clinicians at every level of development and will be of particular interest to institute faculty and candidates 

Douglas Wilson, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Toluca Lake, California. Doug recently graduated from the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at NCP. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor at Occidental College and Chapman University.

Brian Stachowiak, AMFT, is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, having completed his clinical training at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.  Brian recently graduated from the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at NCP. He is also adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara where he teaches LGBT-Affirmative Clinical Process to emerging psychotherapists from a psychoanalytically-informed depth orientation. His work in gay-centered psychology is informed by the Institute for Uranian Psychoanalysis which inspires education and research fostering homosexual self-realization and the development of gay personhood.



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of ths CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.