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Eros reclaimed: moving towards an embodied relational practice

Leanne O'Shea

While many therapeutic modalities have moved to more fully embrace a relational epistemology, the challenges of integrating this complex philosophical framework into clinical practice are significant. This is perhaps most evident when it comes to issues of sexuality and the emergence of the Erotic in the therapeutic relationship. Here we continue to be hamstrung by theories of sexuality that are inherently dualistic and individualistic. We struggle in our practice (perhaps for good reason) to take seriously the possibility of an emergent Eros and the complex ethics of responsibility this would confront us with

WORLD DREAMING: WORLD CONGRESS FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY
24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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Leanne O'Shea

Leanne is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in Melbourne. She studied the Gestalt approach in Melbourne and London, and more recently the relational approach to Gestalt Therapy at the Pacific Gestalt Institute (USA). She is a faculty member of the Relational Center, a Los Angeles based organization whose mission is to promote greater diversity within the helping professions.

She is also interested in creating greater awareness of and sensitivity to our relational responsibility, and is particularly passionate about is the place of sexuality and the erotic within the therapeutic relationship. She is well published and is an inaugural co-editor of the new Gestalt Journal of Australia and New Zealand.

Leanne has served as a member of the GANZ Council and is a member of the GANZ Ethics Committee.

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