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“Sexual Rupture and Repair: An Approach to Healing Sexual Betrayal”

  • The LGBT Center 208 West 13th Street, Room 101, Kaplan Assembly Hall New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD

*This talk has been approved for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit by New York State for LCSWs, LPs, LMSWs and LMHCs, by the American Psychological Association for Psychologists, and by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists for Sex Therapists. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact

Many therapists are acquainted with treatment protocols about how to help couples mend from affairs or other sexual behaviors experienced as betrayals. Even when partners express desire to rebuild trust and intimacy the road to recovery can be strewn with ruptures large and small. This presentation will explore how to prepare for and learn from ruptures as they emerge on the road toward relationship repair and restoration. It will include how to engage partners in this difficult process involving repeated betrayal, anger, shame, hopelessness, and guilt without getting caught in the intense undertow of countertransference involved in the therapeutic process.

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD, is faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP), teaches in the workshop series at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and maintains a practice in psychotherapy and sex therapy in NYC. She’s coeditor of Lesbians and Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Theory and Practice (1995) and Lesbians, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis: The Second Wave (2015). Her forthcoming book, Transforming Sexual Narratives, is being published by Routledge.

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*Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work and for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Social Workers #SW-0054 and for Licensed Psychoanalysts #P-0040 and for Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0166.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

*This PPSC event is wheelchair accessible, and any participant with a special need should contact PPSC at 212-633-9172 or in advance. PPSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin, or analytic orientation in the administration of its admissions and educational policies.