Theory: Topics in Gender and Sexuality

Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (APP)
2019-20, 2nd Block — Mondays, 6:30-7:45pm
Helene Russ, PhD

November 4, 2019 — In the Beginning

[18 pages]

Taking a Sexual History:

Iasenza, S. (2010). What is Queer About Sex?: Expanding Sexual Frames in Theory and Practice. Family Process. 49:291-308.

Optional Reading

Freud, S. (1905) Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905). The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud 7:123-246

November 18, 2019 — Relational Model

[10 pages]

Atlas, G. (2018) Has Sexuality Anything to Do with Relationality?, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 28:330-339.

November 25, 2019 — Relational Model (Cont.)

[56 pages]

Blechner, M. (2016). Psychoanalysis and Sexual Issues. Contemporary Psychoanalysis. 52(4):502-546.

Perel, E. (2013) Interview by Mark Levitron. The Sun. December 2013. pp5-15.

Optional Reading

Bader, M. (2002) Ch1, "How Sex Works" in Arousal: the Secret Logic of Sexual Fantasies, Thomas Dunne Books, NY, pp17-49

December 2, 2019 — Intersection of Gender and Trauma and Sexuality

[44 pages]

Silverman, S. (2015). The Colonized Mind: Gender, Trauma, and Mentalization. Psychoanalytic Dialogues. 25 (1) 51-66.


Silverman, S. (2019). I Can’t Think: Past Trauma in Present Time. Studies in Gender and Sexuality. 20(1):6-10.


Hansbury, G. (2017). The Masculine Vaginal: Working with Queen Men’s Embodiment at the Transgender Edge. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. 65(6):1009-1031.

December 9, 2019 — Being Misgendered (Cont.)

[34 pages]

Saketopoulou, A. (2014). Mourning the Body As Bedrock: Developmental Considerations in Treating Transexual Patients Analytically. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. 62 (5): 773-806.

December 16, 2019 — “Perversion”?

[36 pages]

Dimen, M. (2001). Perversion Is Us? Eight Notes. Psychoanal. Dial., 11(6):825-860.

Optional Reading

McDougall, J. (1995). Sexual Deviation and Psychic Survival. in The Many Faces of Eros. pp.201-214. New York: Norton.

January 6, 2020 — Erotics in the Transference

[16 pages]

Geist, R.A. (2009). Empathy, Connectedness, and the Evolution of Boundaries in Self Psychological Treatment. International Journal of Self Psychology, 4:165-180.

Optional Reading

Bollas, C. (1994). Aspects of the Erotic Transference. Psychoanalytic Inquiry. 14:572-590.

January 13, 2020 — When the Therapist Is Turned On (cont.)

[284 pages]

de Peyer, J. (2002). Private Terrors: Sexualized Aggression and a Psycho-analyt’s Fear of Her Patient. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 12(4):509-530.

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

The scandal of desire

Flax, J. (2004). The Scandal of Desire. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 40:47-68.

Bader, M. (2002) Ch1, “How Sex Works” in Arousal: the Secret Logic of Sexual Fantasies, Thomas Dunne Books, NY, pp17-49

Dimen, M. (1999). Between Lust and Libido: Sex, Psychoanalysis, and the Moment Before. Psychoanal. Dial., 9(4):415-440.

Davies, J.M. (2006). The Times We Sizzle, and the Times We Sigh: The Multiple Erotics of Arousal, Anticipation, and Release. Psychoanal. Dial., 16(6):665-686.

Goldner, V. (2006). “Let’s Do It Again”: Further Reflections on Eros and Attachment. Psychoanal. Dial., 16(6):619-637.

Stein, R. (2008). The Otherness of Sexuality: Excess. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 56(1):43-71.

Elise, D. (2000) Woman and Desire: Why Women May Not Want to Want. Studies in Gender and Sexuality 1:125-145

Elise, D. (2017). Moving from Within the Maternal: The Choreography of Analytic Erioticism. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. 65(1):33-60.

Phillips, A. (2013) The Magical Act of a Desperate Person. London Review of Books. March 2013. pp19-20.

Davies, J.M. (2018). The “Rituals” of the Relational Perspective: Theoretical Shifts and Clinical Implications. Psychoanal. Dial., 28(6):651-669.

Orbach, S. (2018). And Then There is Oedipus. Contemp. Psychoanal., 54(4):639-650.

Searles, H.F. (1994). Oedipal Love in the Counter Transference. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 40:180-190.

Optional Reading

Withers, R.(2015). The Seventh Penis: Towards Effective Psychoanalytic Work with Presurgical Transsexuals. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 60(3):390-412.