Human Intimacy and Sexuality: The Too Muchness of Excitement

Presented by

Galit Atlas, PhD

Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 9:00am – 12:15pm CST - 3/CME/CEU's

This conference will explore the relation between sexuality and attachment, both as separate and related phenomenon. The clinical cases presented will be used to address difficulties around the modulation of excitement, as well as patterns of distress and regulation that are observed in current infant research. We will focus on the developmental trajectory of sexuality, including the classic themes of overstimulation, seduction, and betrayal in the early relationship to the mother. Particular attention will be given to the details of clinical work with overtly sexual material and with the analyst’s own sexual subjectivity. This conference is intended for clinicians with a beginning to advanced level of understanding of psychoanalytic theory.

Learning objectives: After attending the conference in its entirety, participants will be able to:

1) Describe a potential impact of early attachment on adult sexuality.

2) Identify a moment in the case presented representative of a relational orientation.

3) Analyze patterns of distress and regulation presented in a case.


$55 Alumni Group Members & HPS Members

$45 CFPS Faculty/Candidates/Trainees

$65 Others

Cancellation Policy: Fees will be refunded, minus a $25 administrative fee, when requested in writing to on or before May 17, 2021. There will be no refunds on or after May 18, 2021.




Participants will discuss approximately three journal articles per monthly meeting. The readings include a few classic papers, but most are contemporary. While they include theoretical,developmental, and applied topics, most have a clinical emphasis. Each meeting will be facilitated by a CFPS faculty member, alumni (or guest facilitator), two of whom authored articles on the reading list this year.

Meetings are scheduled on the 1st Friday of the month from July 2020 through May 2021. The group will meet from 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM, through video sessions only (until further notice). Log-in information will only be sent to those who register at least two hours before each session

Alumni Members, CFPS Faculty, Candidates and Trainees - No Charge

Non Alumni Members - $30 each or bundle packages - see annual fee section on this page

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Topics in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice with Special Emphasis on Developmental Issues in Treatment

July 17, 2020: The Infant-Parent Relationship as a Paradigm for Adult Treatment: The Contributions of Ed Tronick - Guest Facilitator: Penelope Hooks, MD

August 14, 2020: Haunted: The Lifelong Legacy of the Replacement Child. - Guest Facilitator: Cecilia Samish, LCSW

September 11, 2020: Shared Trauma: 9/11, Hurricanes, and COVID-19 -Guest Facilitator: Jean Goodwin, MD

October 2, 2020: Clinical Issues in Working with Couples and Individuals Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence - Guest Facilitator: Karen "Kacie" Liput Campbell, LCSW

November 6, 2020: The Dark Shadow of Slavery in the Psyche and Consulting Room -Guest Facilitator: Ryan Parker, LCSW

December 4, 2020: Uncanny Experience in the Clinical Process - Guest Facilitator: Anne Strain, LCSW

January 8, 2021: Wrestling with Thanatos: Hatred in the Consulting Room - Guest Facilitator: Margaret Jordan, PhD

February 19, 2021: Working Through Erotic Transference and Countertransference - Guest Facilitator: David Ansell, DO

March 5, 2021: Die in the Saddle or Dismount that Horse? Issues in the Analyst’s/Therapist’s Retirement from Clinical Practice - Guest Facilitator: Martha Maer, LPC

April 9, 2021: Enactments in the Clinical Process: Acting Out or Generative Opportunities? - Guest Facilitator: Tyson Davis, PsyD

May 7, 2021: Developmental and Treatment Issues in Emerging Adulthood - Guest Facilitator: B. James Bennett, IV, MD



Ethan M. Klein, LCSW 730 N. Post Oak Rd., Suite 350Houston, TX 77025Phone: 832-282-4456


JoAnn I. Ponder, Ph.D.

joannponder@aim.com3660 Stone Ridge Road, Suite D102Austin, TX 78746Phone: 512-496-8244

2020-2021 MEMBERS

Ariela Alpert, LCSW 2923 West Dallas St Houston, TX 77019Phone : 832-878-6826

David J. Ansell, D.O. 707-B Sabine St. Houston, TX 77007 Phone: 281-782-4208 Fax: 832-565-1494

Kriste Babbitt, MD

kristebabbittmd@gmail.com4550 Post Oak Place Drive, Suite 320Houston, TX 77027Phone: 713-622-5480Cell: 713-269-1388Fax: 713-622-7381

Alexandra Blekhman, LPC-I 1219 W 25th Street Unit F Houston, TX 77008 Phone: 832-455-0515

David Burrows 1114 Camino La Costa Apt 3072, Austin, TX 78752 Phone: 512-375-9970

Susan Depew, LCSW

5909 West Loop South, Suite 265Bellaire, TX 77401Phone: 713-306-8393

Leticia Fallick, MA, LPC 14027 Memorial Drive #132 Houston, Texas 77079-6826Cell: 832- 423-0543

Dilara Hasdemir Phone: 737-202-5816

Barton Jones, LCSW 3730 Kirby Drive, Suite 204 Houston, Texas 77098 Phone: 8322633275

Dana Levy, LCSW 5317 Grand Lake St Bellaire, TX 77401 Phone:7138578467

Martha Maer, LPC 3000 Richmond Avenue Houston, TX 77098 Phone: 713-980-9890

Adriana Martinez Crane, LCSW

Studies in Adult Psychoanalysis 3100 Richmond Ave. suite 403 Houston, TX 77098 Phone: 281-468-1281

Stephanie C Sim, MD 10701 Corporate Dr. Suite 243 Stafford, Texas 77477 Phone: 832-541-0609

Ann Strain, LCSW 3000 Weslayan Street, Suite 320 Houston, TX 77027 Phone: 713-338-9175

Seema Thekdi, MD 5615 Kirby Drive, Suite 530 Houston, TX 77005 Phone: 713-476-1642

Karen Winston 3106 Midlane Houston, TX 77027 Phone: 713-666-1419

Denise Zaborowski, PhD, LPC-S

4131 Spicewood Springs Rd Ste C-8 Austin, TX 78759 Office Cell (512)573-2669


Only graduates/alumni from CFPS are eligible to join the Alumni Group. All others may pay the fee to attend the sessions.



Alumni Group Round Table Discussion Series

May 07, 2021 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Video Session

Developmental and Treatment Issues in Emerging Adulthood

Facilitator: B. James Bennett, IV, MD

In 2000, developmental psychologist Jeffrey Arnett first proposed a new phase of development, “emerging adulthood,” also known as young adulthood. This phase reportedly centers around the challenges of identity, role exploration, and subjective experience, influenced by changes in demographics and contemporary culture. The concept received little reaction from psychoanalysts, according to Gilmore (2019), likely because psychoanalytic theory historically placed little emphasis on adult development. Based on her review, she believes that concepts of adulthood and identity warrant legitimacy in contemporary psychoanalysis. Chused (2017) expanded the psychoanalytic view of emerging adulthood, noting that the transition from adolescence to adulthood involves processes of disidentification from parents. Difficulties may be manifested by the emerging adult’s rebelliousness or idealization and overdependency on parents. Bonovitz (2018) further asserted that the young adult’s individuation process is more complicated when narcissistically vulnerable parents are unable to allow themselves to be symbolically “killed off.” Bonovitz and Chused provided detailed case examples to illustrate these dynamics.

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All CFPS graduates of the studies of psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy are eligible to join the Alumni Group.

Monthly Meetings are only available by video conference (until further notice).

Alumni - $150

Alumni who want PEP-WEB

  • Attendance at monthly meetings

  • 1.5 CE/CMEs per meeting

  • Lunch is included with RSVP

  • Discounted rate for Conference (if offered)

  • Year-long subscription to the PEP-WEB online psychoanalytic library

Alumni Associate - $100

Alumni who do not want PEP-WEB

  • Attendance at monthly meetings

  • 1.5 CE/CMEs per meeting

  • Lunch is included with RSVP

  • Discounted rate for Conference

Student Membership - $50

Students enrolled in a full-time program

  • Attendance at monthly meetings

  • 1.5 CE/CMEs per meeting

  • Lunch is included with RSVP

  • Discounted rate for Conference

  • Year-long subscription to the PEP-WEB online psychoanalytic library

Non-Alumni Clinicians Program CME Fees

1.5 CE/CMEs and lunch include with RSVP

Monthly Meetings - $30

Five (5) Monthly Meetings - $125

Ten (10) Monthly meetings - $225

Discounted rates for bundle pricing must be paid in advance

Continuing Education Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of {number of credits}AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (sponsor number CS1391) is approved by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Social Worker Examiners to offer continuing education units to the social workers.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (CE Provider Number 379) is approved by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors to offer continuing education credit to licensed professional counselors.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (Continuing Education Provider Number 340) is approved by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide continuing education activities for marriage and family therapists.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies maintains responsibility for the program.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.