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Dianne Elise

Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California

Dianne Elise, Ph.D has written a series of papers over two decades examining gendered aspects of early developmental experiences, sexuality and erotic transference. Nationally recognized for her innovative contributions to the psychoanalytic literature, Elise has consistently challenged conventional accounts of development. Elise’s book, Creativity and the Erotic dimensions of the Analytic Field (2019) expands her work and presents her contemporary thinking on erotic life in psychoanalysis.


Dianne Elise, Ph.D is a Training Analyst member of the International Psychoanalytic Association, and she has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Her over 30 publications include wide-ranging papers on the subjects of gender, sexuality, erotic transference and creativity, analytic field theory, appearing in the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Studies in Gender & Sexuality, and Psychoanalytic Inquiry. She has recently developed the concept of analytic eroticism to portray the role of libidinal vitality in psychoanalysis/psychotherapy. She is in private practice in Oakland, California.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    psychoanalytic developmental theory, mother-infant relation, maternal eroticism, female development, gender development, sexuality, sexual orientation, bisexuality, oedipal complex, creativity, erotic transference, disrupted treatments, analytic field theory, Winnicottian field theory, analytic eroticism, vitality.

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Journal of the American psychoanalytic association

Moving from within the maternal:The choreography of analytic eroticism

Published: Feb 01, 2017 by Journal of the American psychoanalytic association
Authors: Dianne Elise
Subjects: Developmental Psychology, Gender & Sexuality

With Kristeva’s concept of maternal eroticism (2014) as starting point, the “multiverse” of mother/child erotic sensibilities is explored and a parallel engagement proposed within the analytic dyad. The structuring of a dance, or of a session, expresses an inner impulse brought into narrative form. The embodied art of dance parallels the clinician’s creative vitality in contributing to the shaping of the movement of a session.