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Falling and Staying in Love: An Interactive Workshop with Susanna Abse | Guardian Master Classes

Relationships are fascinating and mysterious things. Many of us yearn for a happy romantic relationship, and yet, as literature and music have told us for centuries, that desire can prove elusive, confusing, overwhelming, or unrequited.

How we choose our partners and how we form and maintain relationships is deeply influenced by our past. Everything from our upbringing, including our parents’ or guardians’ relationships with one another, to how we interact with others on the playground, structures our deepest beliefs about intimacy. The partners we choose, and the longevity and happiness of those partnerships, shape what we call our “love life.”

In this lively and informative masterclass Susanna Absepsychoanalytic psychotherapist for couples, will explore what makes us fall in love – and what makes it last.

You will discover how what brings us together can also be what separates us, and why. You will also learn what we mean by “healthy relationships” and how our family history shapes our love life. Susanna will teach you how to draw your own genogram and explore the connections between your past and present relationships, in this enlightening course.

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Course content

  • The process of falling in love and commitment

  • What are the influences at work in our choice of partners?

  • What do we mean when we say “healthy relationships”?

  • Understand how our family history shapes our love life

  • Draw your own genogram

Tell Me The Truth About Love – Susanna Abse Photography: Susanna Abse, Ebury Press

Susanna’s book, Tell Me the Truth about Love, is published May 19, 2022. If you live in the UK, you can purchase a book and ticket for a combined price of £62.30 (plus £3.44 of Booking fee).

Tutor profile

Susanna Abse has worked as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with couples for more than 30 years, an experience she shares in her 2022 book, Tell Me the Truth About Love. Previously, she was CEO of Tavistock Relationships, the leading center for training, research and clinical services for couples. Until 2021 she was chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council and is now a trustee of the Freud Museum in London and the Association of Infant Mental Health. In 2019, she presented Britain on the Couch, a series of films for Channel 4 News. Susanna is co-editor of The Library of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis for Routledge Books, and is a senior member of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology. She works in central London at the Queen Anne Street Practice for Psychological Therapies.


Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Weather: 6:30-8:30pm BST
Price: £49 (plus £2.83 booking fee); £62.30 (plus £3.44 booking fee) with a copy of Tell Me the Truth About Love (UK only)

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