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Adult Sexual Sequelae of Childhood Sexual Shame

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center 208 West 13th Street, Lerner Auditorium, Room 301 New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

"Sexual Sequelae of Childhood Sexual Shame"

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD

It’s the rare sexual history that contains no story of sexual shaming starting with a person’s first memory of sexuality through childhood, adolescent, and early adulthood experiences. In an attempt to make meaning, many stories of shame expand beyond the facts into long-standing conscious and unconscious narratives about sex, intimacy, self, trust and safety, often affecting individual and couple sexuality in confounding ways later in life.

This presentation will discuss how to identify sources of sexual shame and co-create therapeutic treatment frames to address sexual and emotional barriers to adult intimacy and connection. Case material will be discussed.

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. 

*This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.

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