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Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 66–77 | Cite as

A therapist's pregnancy: An opportunity for conflict resolution and growth in the treatment of homosexual men

  • Jane Genende
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Abstract

The author discusses the impact of a therapist's pregnancy on the therapeutic process, adding her experience with homosexual patients to the growing literature on this subject. Clinical illustration and a discussion of theoretical conceptualization related to a therapist's pregnancy specifically dealing with issues of the arousal of the maternal transference, infantile and sexual conflicts, competition and identification with the creative process, are presented. The author shows how the reality of her pregnancy seemed to facilitate rather than hinder the therapeutic process when she could openly deal with the patient's reactions.

Keywords

Conflict Resolution Creative Process Theoretical Conceptualization Therapeutic Process Sexual Conflict 
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© Human Sciences Press 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Genende
    • 1
  1. 1.New York

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