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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Sorting out who you are, life transitions, support and listening, motherhood, identity in relationships
I have worked with women for decades to empower and strengthen as they face physical and emotional challenges of life stages often complicated by self defeating habits, hormones and eating issues, including: depression, menopause, cancer, chronic pain, body image disturbance, sexual abuse, spiritual crisis, sexual identity, divorce, dating, and finding meaning in the second half of life.
Women in midlife face particular challenges both physically and emotionally.
Even though we are in the millennium, patterns of lesser-than, undervaluing and victimization of women still prevail. You may have been belittled, shamed, abused, passed over, just because you are female. I have supported women through domestic violence, eating disorders and addictions, difficult relationships, work challenges, and helped them grow in empowerment, happiness and self-esteem.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
BA in Women's Studies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My work is deeply concerned with the ways in which our culture influences and codes our experiences as women regarding sex and relationships
Trauma Informed Therapy
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.
I am passionate about women’s issues and equity and have worked primarily with women and girls for much of my career, particularly women of color, immigrant and refugee populations around the issues of self-esteem, leadership, and personal and professional relationships for over 20 years. I am also a graduate of The National Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute (APAWLI) Fellowship.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 work with women spans the challenges of young adult years to later life. I work with depression, identity, and sense of self problems. I am successful supporting change in professional goals. Finding purpose and meaning are central subjects and often relate to phase of life. Women working to understand themselves in any form of relationship or professional change are encouraged to call.
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\'m interested in working with the complex problems that women face in a world that can be disempowering. Women take on multiple roles throughout their lives and transitions can be challenging. I want to foster strength, resiliency, in women while nurturing vulnerability and compassion.
This is the age of the divine feminine, the age of women coming into their own power. Not power over others, but empowerment for their own lives and their own voice. Together we will explore the issues that are blocking your personal empowerment and create a course correction that will enable you to live the life you imagine.
Women can experience mental health challenges that are exclusive to them. Given that these difficulties may arise from biological, environmental and/or psychosocial factors, I examine those factors and more in therapy given the multifaceted existence of women. My research and years of practice have included the voices and perspective of women.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.