The Heart of Female Same-Sex Attraction: A Comprehensive Counseling Resource

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The fruit of years of training, research and counseling experience, Janelle Hallman has drawn together a comprehensive resource for those who are interested in understanding and counseling women in conflict with same sex attraction. In this ground-breaking work, Hallman sets forth the unique dimensions of struggle that women experience through the presentation of research, interviews and clinical experience. This is an indispensable guide for understanding and a manual for counseling adult women seeking to ...
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Overview

The fruit of years of training, research and counseling experience, Janelle Hallman has drawn together a comprehensive resource for those who are interested in understanding and counseling women in conflict with same sex attraction. In this ground-breaking work, Hallman sets forth the unique dimensions of struggle that women experience through the presentation of research, interviews and clinical experience. This is an indispensable guide for understanding and a manual for counseling adult women seeking to "mature in giving and receiving love in all of [their] relationships, and no longer be restricted by destructive relational patterns."
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Editorial Reviews

Joseph Nicolosi
"Janelle Hallman is uniquely qualified to write this book; she is gifted with empathy and high attunement to her same-sex attracted clients. Our profession has long been silent about how to proceed with clients who do not accept lesbianism as who they really are. This new work is therefore must-reading for therapists who truly respect client autonomy and diversity."
Andy Comiskey
"Profound and practical. The Heart of Female Same-Sex Attraction is an essential tool for any Christian therapist who wants to serve women with same-sex attraction truthfully. The book bears the mark of one who has entered into the heart of the matter through years of thoughtful, loving service. Janelle has gentle authority to guide us as we help women to exercise the dignity of their choice."
Christopher West
"Much has been written about male homosexuality, very little about female homosexuality. Janelle Hallman has been a pioneer in this underexplored field. Her wisdom and keen insight flow from an obvious and deep love for the women she has had the honor of serving over many years. The Heart of Female Same-Sex Attraction will help all who read it to understand and love the precious women who experience same-sex attraction. I highly recommend it."
Wendy Gritter
"It is rare to find such a valuable resource as Janelle's The Heart of Female Same-Sex Attraction. Prayerfully written and yet professionally thorough, Janelle demonstrates a special ability to address these complex matters in an accessible manner. Powerful narratives are deftly woven through comprehensive research and years of practical experience for maximum connection and impact. Therapists, pastoral counselors, mentors, mothers, and, most significantly, women wrestling with sexual identity and emotionally dependent patterns will find a gold mine in this book. It sets a new standard in this area of therapy and ministry."
Bob Davies
"I love books which combine the insights of professional training with the hard-earned lessons of personal experience. You are holding such a book. Over the years, Janelle Hallman has earned widespread respect among her colleagues for her effective ministry to women seeking Christ's freedom in the midst of their lesbian struggles. This book will be a helpful resource for all who seek deeper effectiveness in this area of ministry."
Doctor - Clifford and Joyce Penner
"What an incredibly valuable resource for professionals and nonprofessionals—and so engaging! Both the woman who is in conflict or confusion about her sexuality and the professional working with her will find an accepting spirit that dismantles shame and will discover hope that empowers healing. Janelle writes with comprehensive understanding, realistic expectations, professional competence, respectful compassion and unconditional love—all based on biblical principles. The Heart of Female Same-Sex Attraction is certain to help women move from conflictual entrapment to true freedom."
Dr. Clifford and Joyce Penner
"What an incredibly valuable resource for professionals and nonprofessionals--and so engaging! Both the woman who is in conflict or confusion about her sexuality and the professional working with her will find an accepting spirit that dismantles shame and will discover hope that empowers healing. Janelle writes with comprehensive understanding, realistic expectations, professional competence, respectful compassion and unconditional love--all based on biblical principles. The Heart of Female Same-Sex Attraction is certain to help women move from conflictual entrapment to true freedom."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830834297
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 3/17/2008
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 821,425
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Janelle Hallman is a licensed professional counselor in Denver, Colorado, specializing in female homosexuality and emotional dependencies. She also speaks, consults, supervises and writes extensively on the subject. She is an ordained minister and conducts conferences on sexuality, gender, redemption and healing. She is executive director of Desert Hope Ministries and an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Prologue
Part One: The Building Blocks: Understanding Their Stories
1. The Women and Their Right to Choose
2. The Therapist and Professional Competency
3. Missing a "Home": Attachment and Self
4. Lost in Confusion: Gender Nonconformity and Socialization
5. Looking for Home: Depending on You for Me
Part Two: The Work of Restoration: Leading Them Home
6. Securing the Foundation: Acceptance and Attunement
7. Rebuilding on a Corrective Relationship: Trust and Empathy
8. Four Basic Blueprints: Understanding the Various Profiles
9. Discovering Her Own Home: Opening Doors to Healthy Intimacy
10. Leaving the Home of Another: Dealing with Same-Sex Attractions
11. Forgotten Rooms: Transference and Countertransference
12. Finding the Feminine Within
13. Venturing Out: The World of Men and Closure
Epilogue
Appendix A: Group Therapy
Appendix B: Male Therapists
References
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2008

    Outstanding and Heartfelt Account of a Therapist

    I was very pleased at the candid and detailed accounts of the lives of the women outlined in this book. The book speaks about a subject that is not understood by all, but upon reading it, you will get a clearer picture of the conflicts facing women with same sex attraction. Upon reading this, therapists will gain insight into a treatment plan for use with their clients and all would gain help with their own struggles with SSA in our lives. I would highly recommend this comprehensive and well written book to all who seek to understand the hearts of women facing SSA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    Unscientific and insulting

    This book relies on very questionable research (many studies involved around 200 subjects, not a large enough number by any standard) and stereotypes. The author implies that most lesbians were sexually molested as children, had an absent mother, an absent or overbearing father, and hate men. Not only are these assumptions untrue and unsupported by any evidence, they are also insulting.

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