Women sometimes face challenges unique to their gender. The term “women’s issues” can be applied to a wide range of concerns that a woman might face, including sexual assault, woman-specific health problems, post-partum depression, body image problems, self-esteem, sexuality, discrimination, sexism or stereotyping. Therapists specializing in women’s issues will help to empower their clients and encourage them to self-nurture and seek balance and equality in life.
Local Experts in Women’s Issues
My work is informed by intersectional feminism, including a focus on feeling empowered in your life. I have spent over 20 years working with teens, college age, and adult women on issues of self-esteem, abuse, healthy relationships and intimacy. I help clients re/discover their voice, boldly claim their dreams, and feel safe and alive in their bodies and their intimate relationships.
My work is deeply concerned with the ways in which our culture influences and codes our experiences as women regarding sex and relationships
My passion is supporting and enhancing the emotional well-being of women in different transitions throughout their life-span.
I help current and aspiring professional women navigate gender issues in the workplace and in their families. I offer client-centric, culturally-informed support that helps women act congruently with their values around issues of gender.
Although we have made progress, we are certainly still dealing with societal bias that affects our self-esteem, our choices and our ability to achieve our potential.
In today\'s world there are so many demands on women (relationships, children, work, body, etc.) that it is easy to lose ourselves in the needs of others. As a family therapist and as a woman in the world I have studied the role of women from an evolutionary and feminist lens in order to help my clients create more compassion and understanding for themselves and more congruence in their lives.
Much of what my coursework has taught me is that there is a need for more information, help, and support around Women's Issues. I have learned a lot from my own experiences as well as the women in my life. I believe it is important to empower women and to address their concerns head on.
My practice is dedicated to empowering women and girls live more confident, authentic and fulfilled lives. There is a powerful connection for women of what we face in our work, family, and personal lives while we strive to be healthy enough to maintain all our roles.
Issues such as pelvic pain, fertility challenges or a history of traumatic birth can impact your ability to feel joy and presence in your daily life. I am experienced in working with individuals and couples around these issues.
We are a cultural turning point for women, a reckoning coming at a time where women still face enormous amounts of misogyny, internalized misogyny, role expectation, discrimination, harassment and social expectations about everything from looks to childbearing to relationships. I love working with women as they process trauma and transitions, explore their identity and come into their own power.
In today\'s world women face so many battles and I want to help you have the strongest armor to face them, just how I have done for many clients in the past. We struggle with body issues, self-esteem and confidence struggles, relationship strains, employment advancements, motherhood, finding our individuality while still being part of a community, and so much more. I am here to help with it all.
I support women at all stages of life and with a variety of challenges to connect with your inner wisdom and to find hope and healing.
Women have unique pressures in our society. We are told that we can 'have it all' and can feel exhausted and defeated when we find that we cannot, at least not all the time. I can work with you to explore the pressures in your life, and to develop or improve coping skills. We can examine alternatives that could lead to a more satisfying and healthy life.
One of my central areas of focus over the past twenty years has been the empowerment of women and girls, and I have worked in many nonprofit organizations in the field. Recurring themes with which I have experience include gender dynamics in relationships, power relations between women, and family pressures, particularly on work/family/self development.
My long time work with women spans the challenges of young adult years to later life including depression, identity, or sense of self problems. I also successfully support change in professional goals. Finding purpose and meaning are central subjects and often relate to phase of life. I see gender fluid individuals.
In our society, women are so often taught to put their needs second and to be warm and consistently pleasant to those around them. While these qualities can sometimes be helpful, they can also trap us in patterns in which we lose track of our needs and disconnect from our authentic selves. Counseling offers a place to reconnect with oneself and explore and practice boundary setting and self care.
I've been facilitating Women's Groups in the Portland community since 2003 where we've seen members through just about every issue a woman could encounter in a life span: relationship issues, marriage/divorce, affairs, aging parents, whether to have kids, miscarriage, workplace power issues, death, trauma, sexual abuse, the list goes on. Women's group members have spanned in age from 23 - 78.
I am dedicated to working with women at any age or stage in life. Whether you are just starting to figure out who you are or have lost yourself along the way, therapy can help you reconnect with your authentic, evolving self. I offer hope and a place to hear yourself think. After a lifetime of my own personal and professional experiences, I am continually inspired by your stories and courage.
My educational background is in feminist psychoanalysis, and I approach women's issues - body image, reproductive issues, sex and relationships, parenting, trauma, etc - from a strong feminist perspective.
BA in Women's Studies.
I hold a strong feminist outlook in my practice and life -- which is to say that I am deeply aware of the integral ways gender influences our life experiences, the many unique challenges women face in our culture, and the importance of empowering women to take ownership of our lives and selves.
I operate from a feminsist perspective and welcome and encourage all female-identified clients to my practice.
The major events in a woman's life can be challenging. Relationship growth or difficulty, becoming a mother or deciding not to have children, managing work and family, coming into your own as a woman. These transitions are rich times to take stock of who you are, claim your power, and choose to live your life with heart and creativity. I've been there. I can help you find your way.
Being a women in this society has certain expectations and roles put on us. I work to try and find the authentic you despite the messages you have been told that you have come to believe. Building your self confidence through self exploration can be a powerful experience.
if there are painful events or patterns that are taking too much of your time--preoccupying your mind--and/or getting in the way of living well--individual therapy can provide a safe space to attend to these urgent experiences and pressing feelings that need to be spoken, heard/received, and worked through.
As a woman who has lived in three different countries, I consider myself an expert when it comes to gender and cultural conditionings we have undergone that could be causing the current low self-esteem most women are experiencing. It is my mission and passion to process those earlier conditionings and help women live an empowered life.
I co-facilitate a process group that provides space for women to connect and explore the various ways that gender-based pressures impact our personal lives as women. Please see my website for more information!
When women are empowered, humanity will finally be able to live peaceably upon the Earth. The patriarchy has subjugated, repressed and shamed the feminine, women and the Earth for thousands of years. Indeed, we live in what some call a rape culture. It is the unique responsibility of women to empower themselves in the face of this oppression, changing the paradigm from within.
My long history of education and training in Child and Adult development has well prepared me to understand and address in therapy the many issues women face in dealing with themselves and the world around them. My significant training and experience in treating depression, anxiety and working with sexual abuse survivors adds to this work.
As a gal getting into middle age, I\'ve got a great deal of life under my belt. I\'m also well versed in current issues as well as client issues.
Many women face specific kinds of experiences--of body shame, sexual shame, trauma, and relationship stress--that just feels safer when exploring with another woman. As a cisgender woman and feminist, I offer solidarity with cis and trans women as we contextualize our experiences within the framework of gender politics, while also exploring intersections between gender and other identities.
This is an area of practice that I have cultivated as I enjoy accompanying women through the process of exploration and growth. I have extensive experience in this area of practice.
We offer individual therapy specifically tailored to meet a woman’s needs. Women reach out for therapy for a wide variety of reasons, and we would like to support you on your journey towards finding YOUR happy.
Being a woman is hard work. We wear so many hats. Others put their assumptions on us. I believe we can work together to be stronger.
As a middle aged woman, Heather has had the experiences in life to bring about a maturity and ability to see deep within a woman\'s heart. With this ability to look deep within, Heather has the ability to help women develop a safe place to tackle their greatest inner fears. Heather has an ability to bring in her warm personality without shadowing those she is with.
There are a countless issues that women deal with, on a day to day basis, in the present world ... living up to the expectations/roles...etc. I truely believe in empowering self, finding the authentic person within, building the self confidence in spite of messages received from the society and finding/discovering one's true/innate self.
This is an interesting and challenging time for both men and women as we navigate changing gender norms and expectations. I’ve worked with many women on the unique experiences caused by these changes, especially struggles with relationships.
I have spent much of my career supporting women through many of life\'s challenges. Often times these challenges come in the form of abuse, trauma, divorce, grief and life transitions. This can interfere with how we perceive ourselves. It has been my experience that women often possess an inner strength that with help they can identify and grow.
Sorting out who you are, life transitions, support and listening, motherhood, identity in relationships
Women's issues have always been a passion of mine. Through education and experience, I have become knowledgeable in the unique experiences that women have and that can affect mental health. Gestalt therapy emphasizes how a person's environment influences their lived experience, and so I am always looking for how gender and other demographic traits (race, religion, etc.) impact people's lives.
I believe there is amazing potential for women who have been scarred in their relationships with men. For some women, the place to do this work is with a man who can hold space for their experience. I am honored to play a role of a man who can hold space for strong women, to work with limiting beliefs, trauma, and the cultural constructs that may come up.
As women, we are constantly defining and re-defining ourselves. As we journey through different phases of our lives, we sometimes face challenging decisions and difficult transitions. Therapy can help women develop a stronger identity, increased well-being and a sense of empowerment. Writing therapy can be enormously healing.
In alignment with my cultural studies, I see gender issues as an intimate piece of our identity, often without conscious choice or recognition. Often, therapists spend your time trying to solve society's problems by making them your problems. There is a difference. I want to facilitate your empowerment, however that looks to you.
Sexuality can be incredibly difficult to discuss, but critically important to our sense of personal happiness and well-being. Women face huge challenges ranging from cultural pressures toward self-blame and low self-worth to physical disempowerment, all of which can color life experience. We can work together to figure out how these issues impact your life.
As women we can often strive to be everything for everybody in our roles as ; caretakers, mothers, aunts, girlfriends, friends, wives, bosses, and employees. In my role as a therapist I aim to provide a safe place for you to explore your fears , obstacles, and desires. I invite you to develop your awareness, and explore choices that really speak to your intuition.
Women experience psychological consequences from living in a male dominated society. I am passionate about working with women on the specific challenges we face in our society each day. In addition, I specialize in working with women during life transitions including pregnancy, motherhood, perimenopause, and menopause.
I have training in feminist therapy modalities and an extensive background in domestic violence advocacy, which have provided a strong foundation of understanding how marginalization and oppression of women impact women's psychology and experience in the world.
As women, we are often inculcated to meet others' needs & expectations, to denigrate our own needs, and to strive for perfection based on external criteria. I help women discover the power of compassion to soften their inner critic; to grow solid enough to listen and trust their own voice; and ultimately to cultivate self-acceptance and the courage to be true to themselves.
Midway throug midlife, I have rich, first hand experience as a woman with many of the issues women face and embrace today. From exploring identity, sexuality, body-image, consent, harassment, to self-esteem, parenthood, single parenthood, aging and menopause, and more. 11 years as a Waldorf high school teacher also give me important insight and skill for working with female youth and young adults.
I know that being a woman and mom comes with many challenges. I complete the 2020 Mom\'s Project certificate training for Postpartum Mental Health so I can help women adjust to motherhood. I also recognize the expectations placed on women around their bodies, food and weight. My combined training as a Nutritionist, LCSW and Certification as an Intuitive Eating Counselor help guide my practice.
Along with my Master\'s Degree in Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy, I hold a BA in History, specifically in Women\'s and Gender Issues throughout history. Since the 1960s, I have been involved in promoting women\'s equality and have mentored many women along the way.
As a women, mother, wife and human being, I hold women\'s issues very close to my heart. Specifically, I work with pregnancy and birth experience, grief, health issues and identity. My published Master\'s thesis is on the topic of child birth as a rite of passage.
I work with women of all ages to address any number of phase of life and life transition issues. These include times of anxiety, depression, and uncertainty as well as personal growth and empowerment. I particularly enjoy working with women who are in middle life transitions.
As a woman, you may be going through life suffering from deep feminine wounding. These wounds often occur from disempowering experiences that have made you feel powerless, weak, and unimportant. If you are looking to heal, find strength, or work through difficult transitions then contact me. I want to support you to become empowered and recapture the essence of who you are!
I enjoy working with women around areas of Personal growth, self exploration, issues around self esteem, body image issues, parenting and family relationships, and transitions of all kinds. I utilize art therapy and counseling to help deepen personal awareness of\' limitations\' that are holding you back from enjoying your life .
I work with women around gender identity and expectations, sexuality and intimacy, and empowerment. I provide a safe space for all women (transgender and cisgender) to explore their power, vulnerabilities, and desires. My background in sex-positive sex education along with my training in trauma healing prepares me support women in healing sexual trauma and locate their authentic expression.
At the core of my work is a desire to help mothers reduce the stress that comes about from experiencing multiple competing demands as mothers, partners, family caregivers, and career women. I normalize these struggles and then empower women to re-define these roles as well as engage in self-acceptance, self-compassion, and self-care so they can find joy and fulfillment.
Women in midlife face particular challenges both physically and emotionally.
I work with women and couples experiencing issues with infertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and post-partum adjustment. These experiences change fundamental aspects of who we thought we were or who we thought we were going to be. It is a time that can be full of overwhelming challenges, but can also provide a unique motivation for shifting old perspectives.
My therapeutic work has centered largely on working with women. In particular, helping women rediscover their identity and strength in the face of new roles such as new mother, divorcee or healing from past struggles. I am a member of Baby Blues Connection and Postpartum International. I focus my continued training on issues such as self-esteem, perfectionism, co-dependency and personal growth.
In addition to working with children and adolescents I have spent the last 4.5 years working with women in an outpatient setting. I enjoy working with women to help empower them, foster awareness and resolve intrapersonal conflict.
I have dedicated my practice to working with a variety of women’s issues including perfectionism, work-other-self balance, fertility issues, romantic relationships, mother/daughter relationships, and coping with experiences of sexual abuse.
I have dedicated my 20+ year career to the work of healing & working with women. My extensive experience is in addressing issues affecting women such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, postpartum depression, anxiety, depression, trauma, parenting, life transitions, and relationships. I have also created & lead an all girls life skills group for middle & high school young women.
My practice is strongly informed by feminist theory and philosophy. Women face systemic prejudice and bias in our culture and working from that perspective can be empowering and freeing.
Our culture is addicted to productivity and the speed of doing more, now, better and faster. We’ve been taught to be more concerned with external appearances versus internally knowing. All focus and energy is directed outward. This is the masculine way. It\'s time to reclaim the feminine.\n\n