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Inspired by her own personal experience – Hiller authors book about married women who love women

by Grant Moser, Chestnut Hill Local January 18, 2013

When Chestnut Hill therapist Joanne Fleischer was growing up, gay issues were hidden in our culture. She didn’t know anyone who was gay, it wasn’t part of the conversation when it came to sexuality, and she went along with everyone else in being straight. “When other girls were having crushes on boys, I went along that route. Being gay wasn’t something that presented itself to me,” she explained.

However, in 1978 she found herself attracted to another woman. The problem was that she was married with two children and living in the suburbs. She had a three-month affair with the woman.


Married To a Man and In Love With a Woman

Huffington Post 12/26/2012

In my experience, New Year's resolutions are rarely life-changing. On the other hand, the despair of my most difficult life crisis -- the decision to leave my husband of 12 years for another woman -- changed my life forever, and I couldn't have done it without some very powerful and sustaining resolutions. It was 1979, the year that Donna Summer topped the charts with "Hot Stuff," and I had fallen in love with a close female friend, had an extramarital affair, lied about it and broken my marriage vows.

I felt like a stranger to myself. I discovered that I was capable of behaviors that were "not me." For the 12 years of my marriage, I had feared that there was something


Lavender Visions provides services designed to reach married people from all over the world who may be questioning their sexuality or starting a coming out process.

Joanne Fleisher is a therapist specializing in lesbian and gay concerns. Areas of particular interest include family issues - such as gay parenting, blended families, general relationship issues and everyday life stresses. Individual and couples counseling is available in her Philadelphia office. If you live outside the Philidelphia area, use of telephone coaching and weekend workshops creates support that might not be available just where you live.

"The best thing I did for myself in my coming out was your workshop. Thanks for making a safe space for me to BECOME who I was intended to be. So much love and respect to you."- Mick

Joanne’s programs and services include:

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Living Two Lives Second Edition
Married to a Man & In Love with a Woman
by Joanne Fleisher

A guide for married women awakening to their attraction to other women.

Joanne Fleisher, LCSW
Author of the book Living Two Lives

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