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Thinking Outside the lines of the Heteronormative, with Silva Neves, on March 11, 2024 at Chandler’s Ford at 7.30pm, preceded by the AGM at 7pm

March 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This talk is free to HACP members, £10 to non members.  Not on Zoom.  No need to book.

This workshop will focus on the wide diversity of our clients and how we help them explore who they are. Much of our textbooks and core training focus on clients who are heterosexual and monogamous, but without offering a broader sense of those identities. It is easy to assume that heterosexuality and monogamy means the same thing for everyone, but, in fact, many have diverse definitions of those words. The same applies to all other sexual orientations, erotic orientations, and relationship styles. This workshop will not only offer definitions of various sexual and relational identities, it will also provide a space to explore in-depth our assumptions and blinkered spots that enable, or disable, our curiosity. This workshop will equip therapists in helping their clients explore who they are.

Delegates will learn:

  1. An overview of sexual and relationship diversities
  2. To listen properly and challenge the unquestioned societal “truths” about sexuality and relationship that hinders clients’ self-discovery and life choices
  3. To self-reflect on our personal and clinical assumptions
  4. Skills in helping clients work through oppression and shame.

Silva Neves 

Silva Neves is a COSRT-accredited and UKCP-registered psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist, and a trauma psychotherapist. He is a Pink Therapy Clinical Associate.

Silva is a COSRT-accredited clinical supervisor.

Silva is a member of the editorial board for the leading international journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy. 

Silva is the author of two books: Compulsive Sexual Behaviours, A Psycho-Sexual Treatment Guide for Clinicians (Routledge), Sexology: The Basics (Routledge), and he co-edited two textbooks with Dominic Davies: Erotically Queer (Routledge) and Relationally Queer (Routledge).

He also contributed chapters in various publications including: The Handbook of Social Justice in Psychological Therapies, Queering Gestalt Therapy, The SAGE Handbook of Counselling & Psychotherapy, Sexual Minorities and Mental Health: Current perspectives and New Directions. 


Silva wrote several articles in psychotherapy magazines and journals, including New Psychotherapist, Therapy Today, Sexual and Relationship Therapy, The European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, Attachment. 

Silva is the recipient of the Sexual Freedom Ally Award in 2023.

Silva speaks internationally.



March 11
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Chandlers Ford Methodist Church
Winchester Road
Chandlers Ford, Hampshire SO53 2GJ United Kingdom
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