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The Look, The Enigma, and The Birth of Sadomasochism with Diana C. Pitaru, LPC (Salon)

  • January 09, 2024
  • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Virtual using Zoom
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The purpose of the salon is to gather in an informal setting to share basic and applied psychoanalytic principles that help you explore your interest in psychoanalysis and/or psychodynamic psychotherapy.


Description: Sadomasochism continues to be one of the most baffling topics in psychoanalysis. What do we mean when we say "sadomasochism"? Are we talking about a relational dynamic? Defense? Pathology? All the above? The confusion lingers on in our theories and by extension, in clinical practice.

By using a blend of ideas from philosophy (Sartre, Deleuze) and psychoanalysis (Laplanche), this clinical paper written in a creative style is an effort to tackle some of these confusions and raise more questions about the ways in which we’ve traditionally looked at sadomasochism and its birth.



    Diana C. Pitaru, LPC is a US-trained, Romanian psychotherapist and psychoanalytic candidate in her last year of training at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has practiced psychotherapy for 15 years in Texas and Colorado working primarily with disadvantaged adults and adolescents. Diana has a background in political communication, arts, and philosophy, fields from which she continues to draw and incorporate into her psychoanalytic practice and writing. Diana is interested in writing and advancing psychoanalytic theory surrounding early development, primary process functioning, and sadomasochism.



    Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2024

    Time: 7:15 - 9:00 PM (MT) 

    Cost: This salon is offered free to the community. No CME credit available. Donations are welcome during registration to help keep our programs affordable.

    Capacity: To enhance discussion, attendance will be capped at 25 participants. If, after registering you can no longer attend, please let us know by emailing so we may invite those on the waitlist to join.

    Location: Virtual using Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours before the event. Please note that many of our emails get filtered through secondary inboxes, so please do a search within your inbox for key words such as: Denver Psychoanalytic Society, DPS, Zoom link, and/or the name of the speaker or title of the event to find the email with the link.

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    Registration: Registration is required and closes at 12:00 PM (MT) on January 7, 2024.



    Confidentiality: During programs, we will follow rules of confidentiality for clinical case material including disguising identifying information. Please do not discuss any case material outside of this program. No recording of case material is allowed.

    Cancellation: Please email the office to let us know if you can no longer attend so we may invite those on the waitlist to join.

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