Love is Strange: Illusions of Longing and Fulfillment
Presenters: Robert Fox, LICSW, with respondents Liz Barragato, LMHC & Glen Freiband, MA
**Event is free and open to the public; optional three (3) CE Hours for LMHC’s/NCC’s* and NASW’s are available for $20, to be collected the day of the event.
Robert Fox will play with the paradoxes of desire in his presentation, and our equivocal feelings about having desire fulfilled.
Sponsored by the New England Center for Existential Therapy’ s 2016-2017 series, “Love and the Existential: Being-in-Love.” In this series, we will be approaching love in a number of ways: as an existential structure, as a movement of Being, as a part of a dialectical process, and as a confounding phenomenon. We are committed to the phenomenological approach, so love as experienced will always have priority over any “received” prior meanings. However, we need to respect and respond to those received meanings. And centrally, we are interested not only in the love our clients are grappling with, but the love which is particular to the therapeutic project itself. I suspect that as we explore love in and out of therapy, each layer of revelation will lead to more hidden aspects of human loving. NECET stands for the movement toward increasingly nuanced mysteries, rather than ultimate clarity.