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Fridays @CCP: Love, Longing and Desire: On the Analyst’s Erotic Subjectivity (Steven Kuchuck, DSW, LCSW)

  • 25 Mar 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom
  • 306


  • If you are a current CCP member, events are free of charge.
  • Non-CCP members who are also not students
  • Non-CCP members who are students. (No Continuing Education credit provided.)

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Fridays @ CCP Lecture Series

Steven Kuchuck, DSW, LCSW

(New York, NY)

March 25, 2022

 Love, Longing and Desire: On the Analyst’s Erotic Subjectivity

7-9pm (CST) :ZOOM Presentation & Discussion

****A recording will NOT be available for this session****

About the presentation: When therapists attempt to suppress or otherwise hide affects, needs and countertransference reactions—as is necessary in the course of our daily work, we risk withdrawing or even dissociating from patients.  As a result, we are likely to miss elements of their subjectivity and insights into here and now intersubjective moments, diagnostic data, and the internal stirrings we otherwise rely on to track these dynamics and guide our interventions.  The risk of dissociation is highest when the analyst feels the stakes of vulnerability and shame to be the greatest, as in matters related to erotic feelings.  In this presentation, I will discuss my work with 3 patients, focusing in each case on the erotics at play in the treatment.  My aim in bringing these to light is to illustrate some of the many ways in which tracking the clinician’s subjective experiences and more specifically, those related to sexuality, can deepen our understanding of patient-analyst dynamics. In most cases, this leads to internal resonance, empathic attunement, self-state and other shifts for the analyst that in turn become part of the therapeutic action.

Dr. Steven Kuchuck  is Senior Consulting Editor (formerly Editor-in-Chief) of the journal Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Co-Editor; Routledge Relational Perspectives Book Series,  Immediate Past President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP),  faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and Board Member, supervisor, faculty, at NIP, and faculty/supervisor at the NIP National Training Program, Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center and other institutes. Dr. Kuchuck lectures nationally and internationally and his teaching and writing focus primarily on the clinical impact of the therapist’s subjectivity. His most recent book, The Relational Revolution in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, was published by Confer Books in 2021.In 2015 and 2016 he won the Gradiva Award for best psychoanalytic book:Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional and The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor (co-edited with Adrienne Harris). His clinical and supervisory practice is in Manhattan.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Define what is meant by the analyst’s subjectivity

2. Describe at least one way in which elements of the presenter’s erotic experience became a component of the therapeutic action with one of his patients.

This is an All Level presentation. 


CCP members: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

Students:free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.

Fellows: free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.

Non-CCP members, single admission: $50

Student non-members, single admission: $15

Continuing Education

This program is sponsored for Continuing Education Credits by the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If the program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CCP is licensed by the state of Illinois to sponsor continuing education credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists (license no. 159.000941 and 268.000020 and 168.000238 Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation)

Professionals holding the aforementioned credentials will receive 2.0 continuing education credits for attending the entire program. To receive these credits a completed evaluation form must be turned in at the end of the presentation and licensed psychologists must first complete a brief exam on the subject matter. No continuing education credit will be given for attending part of the presentation. Refunds for CE credit after the program begins will not be honored. If a participant has special needs or concerns about the program, s/he /they should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by March 10, 2022 at:  tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Reading

Kuchuck, S. (2013). When Two Become Four: Patient, Analyst, Lover, Friend. Psychoanal. Perspect., 10(2):220-234.

Kuchuck, S. (2018). The Analyst’s Subjectivity: On the Impact of Inadvertent, Deliberate, and Silent Disclosure. Psychoanal. Perspect., 15(3):265-274.

Kuchuck, S. Sopher, R. (2017). Relational Psychoanalysis Out of Context: Response to Jon Mills. Psychoanal. Perspect., 14(3):364-376.

Searles, H.F. (1959). Oedipal Love in the Counter Transference. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 40:180-190.

Davies, J.M. (1994). Love in the Afternoon: A Relational Reconsideration of Desire and Dread in the Countertransference. Psychoanal. Dial., 4(2):153-170.

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven,  Alan Levy, PhD

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