A Love that Kills: Exploring Denial, Danger and Erotomania

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Organised by:

Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists

15 June 2023

Time: 19:00 - 20:30

Price: £30 non members, £20 for members

Location: online



DATE: Thursday 15th June, 7 – 8.30 pm, Via Zoom

SPEAKER: Dr Anna Motz

TOPIC: ‘A Love that Kills; Exploring Female Violence’

In this seminar, Anna Motz will be focusing on denial, danger and erotomanic obsession.

Using clinical illustrations Motz will explore the formation of an erotomanic obsession in young women, that lead to stalking behaviour, with threats to kill. The working model of forensic psychotherapy is outlined in this talk as Motz describes how the offence is viewed as analogous to the symptom in traditional psychoanalytic work, and how the unconscious wish to be caught and punished underlies much of the dangerous behaviour. The therapeutic work is contextualised within a model of female violence, as Motz also describes how violent behaviour ultimately serves an important communicative function.

Anna Motz is a Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist who has worked in forensic settings for the NHS for 30 years, specialising in evaluation and psychotherapeutic work with criminalised women.

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