Group psychotherapy (continued)
Marian felt at home in the group. She was able to talk openly about
her sexuality and the current problem with her partner.
The group was supportive but not in an unchallenging way. There were
differing views about IVF and its effect on the child in the context of same-sex parenting. There was also feedback to Marian about needy-selfish aspects of her relationship with her partner. Through exploration in the group, she got in touch with feelings of exclusion and envy in relation to child-bearing and gradually was able to integrate these feelings into the relationship with her partner.
The baby was born 7 months after Marian joined the group. She felt overwhelmed by the event but also excited and grew to love the child. She remained in the group for 4 years.