SGVPA October 2018 CE Luncheon – The Erotic and the Eroticized Transferences: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Approach – Presenters: Stephanie Law, Psy.D. and Peter Radestock, LL.B., Ph.D., Psy.D.

Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N Oakland Ave  Pasadena, CA 91101

Friday, October 12, 2018

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Erotic transference is, for example, when a patient develops sexual feelings for the therapist as a way of reviving developmentally based longings that had been previously closed own. Eroticized transference is, for example, when archaic needs for mirroring have become eroticized. Patients with this transferential configuration have often been repeatedly rejected and their experience of being admired has become organized around their physical appearance. Participants will learn the difference between the erotic and eroticized transferences and what underlying dynamics contribute to each. The focus will be on learning to define the configurations relationally and to reduce the incidents of shame. Interventions drawn from an Intersubjective Psychoanalytic approach will be elucidated. A case is discussed, which will illustrate these two transference configurations. 

Learning Objectives:  After attending event, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the difference between the erotic and eroticized transferences. 
  2. Describe the distinction between the repetitive and developmental dimensions in the transference from Intersubjective Systems theory. 
  3. Demonstrate how an intersubjective dysjunction can occur within Erotic and Eroticized Transferences.

Presenter Biographies

Dr. Stephanie Law has been in private practice in Pasadena since 2006. Stephanie has served in multiple roles for SGVPA over the last 12 years. She’s served as the Membership Chair, been on the Ethics Committee, and was the representative to both LACPA and CPA. In 2012, she was elected SGVPA President. Under her leadership, SGVPA won CPA’s coveted “Most Outstanding Chapter” award and she herself was presented SGVPA’s “Most Distinguished Member” in 2017. She specializes in Mood Disorders, Trauma, PTSD, Grief, Fertility Issues and Cross Cultural Adjustment, and lectures widely on topics related to Psychoanalytic Theory, Grief, and Trauma. She currently co-facilitates the Psychoanalytic Special Interest Group for SGVPA.

Dr. Peter Radestock obtained his psychoanalytic training at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He chaired many committees at ICP, was the Founding Chair of the ICP Pasadena Psychotherapy Program, and served as President of ICP in 2007/2008. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst, and continues to teach at the Institute. In 2016, Dr. Radestock represented the psychoanalytic profession before the California Legislature. His bill passed both the Assembly and the Senate unanimously, before being vetoed by the Governor! He co-facilitates the SGVPA Psychoanalytic Special Interest Group with Dr. Stephanie Law. Dr. Radestock is in private practice in Pasadena. He is also the Producer, vocalist, and rhythm guitarist with his band Raskull 10, and is currently in rehearsal for their next show in 2019.

This is a Lunch Event (optional). 

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**Deadline to reserve lunch is noon,

Wednesday, October 10**

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CE – 1.5 hours credit for psychologists,

LCSWs and MFTs by CPA.

CPA is co-sponsoring with The San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CPA co-sponsored credit is also accepted by the Board of Registered Nursing and the Board of Behavioral Sciences for their licenses. Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 1.5 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Please join us after the program for informal networking until 2:00pm.

Have questions about The Erotic and the Eroticized Transferences:

 A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Approach – Stephanie Law, Psy.D. & Peter Radestock, LL.B., Ph.D., Psy.D.?  Visit the Continuing Education Tab at

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Moments of Meaning 2016!


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Moments of Meaning (MoM)

Join us for Moments of Meaning on September 23, 2016 from 7pm-9pm.

Six therapists will tell well-crafted stories (de-identified, of course) about meaningful moments that occurred in their own therapy sessions. Stories about those moments of powerful human connection that aren’t captured by outcome studies or Psychology Today profiles. It’s Moth or TED for therapy, and it’s happening in our own backyard, co-sponsored by SGVPA.

Cost: $20 per person, includes admission, wine, and dessert.

Location: South Pasadena Music Conservatory, 1509 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Space is limited so please RSVP to Dr. Ryan Howes at

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A message from the Board about volience in our world.


As an association of psychologists, the Board of SGVPA is deeply concerned by the recent violence that has occurred both nationally and internationally, targeting the LGBTQ community, Black men, police officers, religious groups, as well as hundreds of innocents. These events are an assault on us all. They not only threaten our safety and our freedom, but they traumatize us.

Through our training, psychologists are in a unique position to understand the impact of trauma. Trauma tends to activate extreme reactions as a way to deal with vulnerability. Repeated exposure to violence through the news and Social Media coverage broadens and sustains a feeling that the world is unsafe. This is particularly difficult on those who have experienced direct violence, but strains us all.

We are particularly alarmed by how this violence has fueled hysteria and hate. We hope to strongly resist a polarization in our dialogue, and encourage a thoughtful and respectful dialogue rooted in empathy for all persons. We advocate for understanding and measures that strengthen community and build bridges between alienated groups.

SGVPA supports those of you who treat victims of violence in your therapy offices, those who treat perpetrators of violence in your therapy offices, those who do the arduous work of social reform, and those who work to keep our society safe through law enforcement and the armed forces.

While no single individual, group or country can resolve the complex issues of our world, we all have an important role to play. We encourage members to communicate their views and feelings about current events, as well as thoughts about how we as Psychologists can be more effectively involved in efforts to create solutions to the increasing violence in the world .

With sorrow and respect, The Board of SGVPA, including:

Larry Brooks, Program Chair
Jeremy Cernero, Student Chair
Suzanne Lake, Past President & Newsletter Editor
David Lorentzen, Treasurer
Karin Meiselman, SIG Chair
Ellen Miller Kwon, President
Laurie Nouguier, Membership Chair
Martin Hsia, Secretary
Wayne Kao, Diversity Chair
Dustin Plattner, Website Coordinator & LAN
Tiffany Shelton, Student Chair
Brett Veltman, Early Career Chair

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