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Sexuality and Religion

Sexuality, an individual’s capacity for sexual feelings, sexual activity, or sexual orientation or preference, is often perceived through a moral lens, and for many this moral lens is developed based on religious beliefs. Thus, the views that are held about sexuality are often influenced by religious values and principles and are constantly shifting in order to accommodate cultural and societal changes. Sexuality and religion are both significant topics that arise during the therapeutic process and significantly contribute to the makeup of a client’s identity. These topics influence the lives of clients and the way treatment is conceptualized, and have an impact on the self of the therapist (the way the therapist’s experiences, values, and beliefs impact their reaction to clients), making it imperative that marriage ...

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