Judaism and Homosexuality

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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with a Homosexual Woman

A thirty-year-old, married, Orthodox Jewish woman complaining of same-sex attraction was treated with psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy after trying several other therapies, including sex therapy. Among the primary determinants of her presenting problem were alienation from her unpredictable, narcissistic mother, gender identity confusion, and impounded anger. After about two years of treatment, the patient achieved connection with feelings of affection and desire, improved and loving relationships with her children, regular orgasmic sex with her husband, and remission of pre-existing colitis.