Beyond Oedipus - A New Approach to Working With Psychosexual Issues

This one-day workshop facilitated by Geoff Lamb and Helena Løvendal-Duffell will offer: • A new, client and practitioner friendly, version of the classic Freudian Oedipal Triangle as an embodied cognition of love and sexual energy. • An exploration of what children need from their parents in order to create and maintain fulfilling sexual relationships. • An introduction to how practitioners can assist in repairing the lack of “Sexual Mirroring” our culture at large suffers from. • An exploration of the kinds of problems, which emerge in adult relationships, which have more to do with parents than partners. • The opportunity to receive practical supervisory advice on cases with which participants are currently working.

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The psychosexual issues so often underlying the relational issues that clients present with in therapy, have tended to be seen as a specialism, rather than as an integral aspect of human life. Yet, we are at core sexual beings and throughout our lives we constantly develop our gendered sexuality, as men and women, within specific life phases. But without our sexual nature being mirrored - appropriately to our age and developmental phase - it cannot be integrated into our experience of ourselves: It becomes an “add on” and creates internal splits between how we experience ourselves and how others see us. This inner discord may foster a tendency to act out sexually later in life – either by repressing our natural sexual impulses or by over-exciting them - while fulfilling relationships based on loving exchange can seem beyond us.

Therapists know that children need to be properly mirrored by caretakers in order to internalise a healthy self-concept. But cultural difficulties regarding the body and sex have meant that our need for Sexual Mirroring has been ignored, leaving a void in our development as whole beings. Society today compounds this problem with its tendency to over-stimulate ideas of sex and gender and, instead of developing a felt experience of ourselves, we embody society’s mental–emotional over-excitement, stimulated by a consumer culture that can never fulfil us or support us in being grounded in reality.

How can we, as therapists and educators, provide what is needed for our clients or students? Beyond Oedipus presents a new way of seeing these issues and their clinical implications, supported by a theoretical framework to effectively apply this understanding in practice, personally and professionally.

This workshop is for counsellors and psychotherapists who are working with individuals, couples and young people, as well as other practitioners who may be working with psychosexual issues in other contexts, e.g. education or health care.

Geoff Lamb has been practicing as a psychotherapist for over 30 years and has been the Director of Inter-Psyche (The only counselling training organisation based within the NHS) since 2005. In addition to his private practices in London and West Sussex, he has extensive group-work experience in France, Spain, Hungary and Russia. He is co-founder of the UK Centre for Psychosexual Therapy and a professional member of the Association of Somatic and Integrative Sexologists (ASIS). In addition to his psychotherapy qualifications, Geoff is a qualified Sexual Grounding Therapist and holds a First Class Honours degree in neuroscience and a masters in health psychology.

Helena Løvendal-Duffell born Denmark, 1958: In private practice in London, UK, since 1988. Faculty member at The Institute of Psychosynthesis in London, before co- founding The Centre For Gender Psychology, 1996 and the umbrella organization, Creative Couple Work, 2000, offering specialist, post-graduate diploma training in Relationship Therapy & Coaching. She is co-founder of the UK Centre for Psychosexual Therapy.

Helena offers psychotherapy, coaching and workshops for individuals and couples, as well as specialist training and supervision for professionals in the field of relationships, sex and gender relations in UK, Europe, and Scandinavia. She originated the “Ways of Woman” program (1993), and amongst the first qualified Sexual Grounding Therapists®, Helena is an SGT Senior Trainer and was appointed Head of Education SGT International in May 2013.

An experienced psychotherapist, teacher and trainer, her unique approach evolved over many years out of her personal development work and professional training with leading teachers from around the world, spanning the fields of: Psychoanalysis, Depth Psychology, Family Therapy & Systems Theory, Body- Psychotherapy, Integral approaches, Sexual Grounding Therapy®, Post-Jungian thought, Yoga, Tantric teachings, Indigenous teachings and Native American Shamanism

Her first book “Sex, Love and the Dangers of Intimacy – a guide to passionate relationships when the ‘Honeymoon’ is over”, co-authored with her husband, was published by HarperCollins in 2002, re-published in 2010 by Lone Arrow Press and translated into several languages. She is currently working on her next book, working title “Sex, Love & Co-Creative Partnerships– Finding Paradise in Reality From the Ground Up”, expected published Feb 2018. When not in London or working abroad, she lives close to nature in the deep south of France, learning how to grow plants and vegetables and live a sustainable lifestyle, while making time for writing.

Cost £125

CPD Certificates available for all participants

For further details contact Geoff on or see The Psychosexual Therapy Centre Website

Geoff Lamb

UKCP registered Psychotherapist, Psychosexual Therapist, Couple Therapist, Supervisor