Sadomasochism: Understanding and Working with Perverse States of Mind

In this six-week course, we will explore the complex and disturbing dynamics of sadomasochistic relations. This realm of perverse part-object relating can severely challenge and even erode the therapeutic process. The therapist and patient may become entangled in a series of power games, in which each person is treated by the other as a “thing,” while the pain of working-through is denied and thwarted by the excitement of denigration and triumphant omnipotent phantasy.

We will draw upon readings, clinical material, and film to gain an understanding of the underlying reasons for these primitive defenses and how to work with them clinically.

Dates and Times

Starting March 3rd, 2016,
Classes will be held every other Thursday
7pm to 8:30pm


COR Meeting Room, 2800 First Avenue, Suite 117, Seattle


Members – $240

Non-Members – $300

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Sadomasochism CEUs


Sue N. Carlson is a psychoanalytically-informed psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice, working with adults and couples.  Sue received her certificate in psychoanalysis from Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in 2005. She has over 15 years of experience teaching British Object Relations and related topics for Antioch University Seattle, NPS(I), COR, SPSI, and the Alliance.  She is a member of COR and the Alliance.

Jamelyn Keatts is a psychotherapist in private practice, working with adolescents and young adults.  She received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2011.  She has experience in clinical education through her position as an Assistant Instructor at The Seattle School and continues to take classes towards her own development through COR and the Alliance.  She is a member of COR and the Alliance.