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“ Where Should We Begin? ” : The Couples Therapy Work of Esther Perel , Part 2

December 8, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A discussion group led by Patricia Everett, Ph.D.
Friday, December 8, 2017 , 7 pm – 9 pm
Wine and cheese will be served.

(After a lively study group discussion of one of Esther Perel’s podcasts on October 21, we decided as a group to meet again soon to discuss another one of her podcasts.)
Esther Perel, the couples and family therapist whose focus on desire, infidelity, and sex in long – term relationships has recently gained her a lot of press, released a podcast series on Audible in May 2017 called “Where Should We Begin?” We will listen to one of these podcasts — which are actual therapy sessions conducted by Perel, initial consultations of 3 ho urs edited down to 45 minutes — and discuss her approach to work ing with couples, including her use of humor and her willingness to ask direct and pointed questions about sex and relationships.

Patricia Everett, Ph.D. is in private practice in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her book, Corresponding Lives: Mabel Dodge Luhan, A. A. Brill, and the Psychoanalytic Adventure in America, was published by Karnac Books in September 2016.

Perel, E. (2006). Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence. New York: HarperCollins.
Perel, E. (February 2013). “The Secret to Desi re in a Long – term Relationship,” TED talk.
Perel, E. (May 2017). “Where Should We Begin?” Audible podcast series.
Perel, E. (October 2017). “Why Happy People Cheat,” The Atlantic. why – happy – people – cheat/537882/.
Schwartz, A. (May 31, 2017). “Esther Perel Lets Us Listen In On Couples Secrets,” The New Yorker. – comment/esther – perel – let – us – listen – in – on – couples – secrets.

1. To learn more about Esther Perel’s approach to couples therapy.
2. To understand more about the use of direct questioning in co uples therapy.
3. To better identify central themes in work with couples.
4. To become more comfortable with inquiry about sexual behavior in our work with both couples and individuals.
5. To learn how to better articulate our clinical impressions early on in a consultation.

PLEASE NOTE : If you are a clinical social worker and would like CE credits for this program, please let us know in advance, by emailing or calling Patricia Everett, or (413) 256 – 3539.

2.0 CE credits are available to psychologists, psychoanalysts, and social workers upon complete attendance of this intermediate level event and 2 .0 CEUs are offered to LMHCs.
This study group is sponsored by Western Massachusetts and Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, a local chapter of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association.
Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for psychologists. Div ision 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

At the home of Jane Kristal, 33 Sunset Avenue, Amherst, Massachusetts. Phone: (413) 549 – 0436.
From I – 91, take Exit 19 (Route 9). Make a right at the end of the ramp, take Route 9 East to Amherst. Go up hill to Amherst Common, make a left at the light at the top of the hill. At the next light in the center of town, make a left. Sunset Avenue is the 3rd right. Jane Kristal’s house is the 3rd house on the right.

If you wish to bring a guest, or for further information, please contact Patricia Everett at
(413) 256-3539. There is no fee.


December 8, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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The home of Jane Kristal
33 Sunset Ave.
Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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(413) 549-0436