Confer Facebook LinkConfer Twitter Link
Your basket TEL: 0207 5357595
Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Psychodynamic Perspectives on Sexual Perversions

Richard Curen, Dr Ronald Doctor, David Millar, Dr Carine Minne, Dr Celia Taylor,
Dr Estela Welldon

Saturday 1 October 2016

In partnership with the
This conference is an attempt to understand what is going on in the minds of people who compulsively and sexually act-out in ways that elicit disbelief, disgust and rejection. The causes of perversion are sometimes extremely difficult to acknowledge or understand, not only for the practitioner, but also for the person who is affected by such a compulsion. At times, it takes years of analytical therapy to become aware of unconscious issues from very early in life that are being expressed in this way, and to recognise how the sexual proclavity may have seemed the only means available to that person of avoiding the deeper pain associated with denial of losses, humiliation and shame.

Our speakers work in a range of settings, such as prisons, medium secure settings and in the NHS, offering psychodynamic psychotherapy to people who use the psychological solution of perverse sexuality. Vignettes from clinical work will be explored to explain the enormous complexities of such cases. Ultimately, it will be suggested that that compassion for the patient's conflict combined with a strong psychodynamic theoretical framework, is necessary for successful treatment but with the acknowledgement that these are symptoms that are hard to shift because they offer an effective, if destructive, psychic defense.


Richard Curen
Richard Curen is a consultant forensic psychotherapist and supervisor at Respond where he leads the forensic service for adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities or autism. He is a board member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, a member of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability and is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. More >>

Dr Ronald Doctor
Dr Ronald Doctor is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at West London Mental Health NHS Trust, a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and the British Psychotherapy Foundation. He is a Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College and has edited two books; Dangerous Patients; psychodynamic approach to risk assessment and management, 2003 and Murder; a psychotherapeutic investigation, 2008. More >>

David Millar
David Millar is a child psychotherapist, forensic, and adult psychotherapist who trained at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex and Visiting Lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic. He recently retired as a full-time NHS clinician as Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist and now works part-time. More >>

Dr Carine Minne
Dr Carine Minne is Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy at Broadmoor Hospital, West London Mental Health NHS Trust and the Portman Clinic, Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is Vice-President of the IAFP. She is also a psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society. She is the Training Programme Director for the North West London Specialist Registrar forensic psychotherapy training. More >>

Dr Celia Taylor
Dr Celia Taylor trained in Forensic Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry in London and in 1995 went on to work as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, and Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Broadmoor Hospital. She then established a medium secure personality disorder service in the private sector, before moving to East London NHS Foundation Trust in November 2003 to establish Millfields Unit on the campus of the John Howard Centre in East London. More >>

Dr Estela Welldon
Dr Estela V. Welldon MD DSc (Hon) FRC PSYCH is the Founder and Honorary Elected President for Life of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy; Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists; Honorary Doctor in Sciences Oxford Brookes University; Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at Tavistock Portman NHS Clinics; Honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association for Psychoanalysis More >>


Click here to book
You will be taken to a secure web server where your payment will be processed.
Please read our booking conditions before making your booking

Self-funded: £130
Self-funded x 2: £190
Organisationally-funded: £220

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
10:50 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
17:00 End