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I have supervised the work of experienced registered therapists and trainees from the Bowlby Center, Roehampton University, Regents College and Metanoia. Currently, I am supervising the work of registered colleagues from the Bowlby Centre, Regents College, the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, and trainees from Roehampton University. I am conversant with Relational psychoanalysis and person centred, psychodynamic, attachment, narrative and existential theoretical approaches.

Details of my recently published book, 'The Silent Past and the Invisible Present: Memory, Trauma, and Representation in Psychotherpy', New York: Routledge, can be accessed via this link: www.psychoanalysisarena.com/the-silent-past-and-the-invisible-present-9780415898591 

The following article, “Moments of Meeting: The Relational Challenges of Sexuality in the Consulting Room”, is published in theBritish Journal of Psychotherapy, (29(2), May 2013). Given the ethical issues involved in working with a client's sexuality, this article will be of particular interest to supervisees. The following quotes from the paper's abstract: 

"In this paper, I explore the relational challenges of sexuality in the consulting room, as informed by developmental studies and “moments” theory, and discuss the contentious issue of self-disclosure. I acknowledge that there has been a hiatus in recent decades in the discussion of psychosexuality in psychoanalysis, linked to a shift from Freud’s drive theory to post-Freudian developmental theories, as well as to the change in the role of the therapist that this has entailed.

While I also acknowledge that these changes have resulted in a certain de-eroticization and de-sexualization of psychoanalysis, I point to research showing that sexuality is, in fact, very much alive in the consulting room, but also to a gap in training on such issues, and to a concomitant lacuna in the literature discussing sexual attraction between therapist and patient.

Before discussing the ethical and relational challenges of sexuality in the consulting room, I summarize the evolution of sexuality in psychoanalytic thinking and briefly discuss relevant developmental perspectives. I question the view that a developmental model is not suited to effectively working with sexual material. I illustrate theoretical points with a clinical case study, a development of previously published work (Renn, 2012)."

This article was identified by Psychology Progress as being a key research paper of major importance in the psychology field and listed on their website. To view the listing, follow this link: http://psychologyprogress.com/moments-of-meeting-the-relational-challenges-of-sexuality-in-the-consulting-room/  

At present, I am working only from my Twickenham practice. 


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Paul Renn

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