8 years later Marian sought treatment again. She had been living with a female partner for 2 years. She found herself in crisis over her partner’s decision to have a child through IVF. Although she had agreed initially to this, she reacted with anxiety and anger to her partner being pregnant. The problem stirred up some of her underlying difficulties about being lesbian.
This time she joined a long-term analytic group. The analyst, also female, although married, had had a homosexual relationship in her early adulthood.
The group (6) was diverse in terms of the representation of sexualities. There was a gay man, a woman with a gay adolescent son, and a heterosexual man struggling with intense homosexual fantasies: the rest were predominantly heterosexual.