Women's Issues

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

Holly Morseman, LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Since beginning my career as a counselor, I have worked extensively with women of all walks of life, on a variety issues, including abuse (i.e., physical, sexual, emotional, etc.), rape, sexual assault, body issues, attachment, codependency, relationships, self-esteem, career counseling, empowerment, sexual issues, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, assertiveness, motivation, addiction, and more.

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Carol Walnum, Certified Jungian Analyst, MA (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, Certified Jungian Analyst

My long-time work with women spans the challenges of young adult years (over 28 years) to later life. It includes work with depression, identity, dissociation, traumas, or sense of self problems. Finding purpose and meaning are central subjects and often relate to phase of life. I see gender fluid individuals. I have background to help changes in professional goals.

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Marcy Irene Jenks (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, RN, NCC, LPC-Intern

Examining the transitioning roles of the female from Maiden to Mother to Matron.

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Erin Berk, LPC (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA,ATR,LPC

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 .

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caroline sabi (she/hert)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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.

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Susan Gulka, MA, MFT

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

Sorting out who you are, life transitions, support and listening, motherhood, identity in relationships

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Katherine Friedman

Licensed Professional Counselor

Women experience psychological and sexual 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.

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Irma E. Llanes

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

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.

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Bryanna Goodman

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

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.

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Melissa Hartley (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, NCC, LPC intern

As a counselor with a Feminist focus, I place importance on empowerment, awareness of systems of oppression that impact people of all genders and how that shows up in the content we discuss, as well as the relationship between us in our respective identities. You can expect that we can talk about the differences between our identities in a respectful and affirming way.

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Elizabeth Gaynor (she/her)

Professional Counselor

Women are commoditized to what we can offer, not for who we are. We're culturally programmed to serve, not to be. As we grow and change, we often try to reinvent ourselves in the image of who we are expected to be. This constant shapeshifting around expectations robs us of our authenticity and joy, and traps us in a perpetual state of unhappiness (and anxiety). Together, we'll examine the messages you've received, dismantle their tight grip over your identity, and restore your power and agency.

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Nicole Corbett

Hypnotherapist

Certified Hypnotherapist

I work with women exactly where they're at. Helping issues like hypnosis for natural childbirth, body image concerns, chronic fatigue, self-compassion, and more. Find your way past the blocks to a fulfilling life.

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GRETA REITINGER (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC-Intern

In therapy we may attend to the impacts of gender oppression: prejudice, objectification, hostility, unpaid labor, deferred dreams, violence, subtle intimidation, lower expectations, and so on. For many, cultural gender discrimination leads to various problems, such as self-loathing, disordered eating, low confidence, impostor syndrome, dampened voice, a focus on appearance over meaningful living.

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Teresa Zahariades, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am open and skilled in treating all genders and those who identify as non-binary also. I have specific background in working with women for the past 30 years, however in various clinical settings in all developmental phases.

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Emily Thomas

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Women have a difficult time in this world, and sometimes they need an extra person on their team.

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Caitlin Keitel

Professional Counselor

I am committed to the culture change necessary to heal and uplift women, non-binary folks, and everyone who experiences gendered violence. My approach includes processing internalized oppression due to systemic violence, healing interpersonal violence, and building a critical awareness of everyday sexism. Together we work toward self-power, community power, and honest expression of our experiences

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Lisa Popelka

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Deborah Nichols LPC, NCC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

In working with high achieving SUPERwomen, I come from a place of understanding the journey. I work with you to become free from overwhelm, rediscover yourself, prioritize according to your desires, and find ways to truly be your best while remaining true to YOU.

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Camillia Thompson, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, CMA

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.

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Michelle Garfinkel (she/her)

Holistic Sex Coach

VITA certified

There can be so much pain and difficulty in being a woman. Even if there have been some changes in recent decades, there's still a lot there. Fortunately, we have an incredibly powerful tool to heal ourselves, and it's right between our legs. Reconnecting to your sexuality is an incredible way to heal and thrive as a woman... no matter what the patriarchy says.

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Emily Beloof

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

I specialize in helping women through life transitions. Whether a breakup, relocation, loss, new motherhood, relationship change with a parent, we can explore the challenges at hand in a way that values your strengths and intuition, while exploring toxic patterns that may be holding you back from creating the life you desire.

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Heather Rensmith (she, her, hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, CST

BA in Women's Studies.

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Sarah Craycraft

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

As women, we are often juggling so many different roles. You might be a partner, a mother, an professional, and so many others. Often, we need someone to talk to about how all of those roles fit together. If this is you, I can help.

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Donna Prinzmetal

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

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.

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Katrina Clark (she/her)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, CSWA

Juggling a family, career, relationships, and societal expectations as a woman can be challenging. I help women who are looking to change the course of their relationships by breaking unhealthy patterns, setting boundaries, overcoming people pleasing and perfectionism, building self esteem, and embody the full version of themselves. Together, we will work to break past your limiting beliefs, and create more space for self-compassion, deep emotional healing and enriching relationships.

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Gillian Chachere

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.

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Kristen Genzano (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, NCC

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.

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Natasha Laumei, MA, NCC, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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.

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Amy Galaviz (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC Intern (OR), MHCA (WA)

My women-centered practice focuses on assisting women through all life stages including family planning, pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, infertility and self-identity.

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Priscilla Gilbert

I want to support women through challenges, expectations, and transitions that impact her functioning. Offering support, resources, and skills that lead to relief and satisfaction.

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Margot Strauhull, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I completed a year long internship at OHSU Center for Women's Health, working with perinatal mental health, pelvic pain and reproductive health.

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Susan Shelbourne, LPC NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

As a parent who returned to graduate school in mid-life I have experience with the challenges and transitions that many clients face such as parenting issues, divorce, caring for elderly parents, grief, and career change. One of my passions is working with women who struggle with self-esteem issues or relational power dynamics to become empowered and find their voice.

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Jessica Blaschke, M.A. LMFT (She/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

B.S. Health Psychology, M.A. Counseling, LMFT

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.

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Sarah Sterling

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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.

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Zeyah Roge (She/Her and They/Them)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

MA, MFT Intern, LMT, RYT-500

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.

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Sasha Rosenfels, MA, LMFT

Licensed Professional Counselor

Women face unique challenges which may include but are not limited to restrictive gender norms as well as inequality on multiple levels both within and outside of their family systems. If interested, women are allowed the space in individual sessions to explore their own unique experiences as women and to discover and build upon their inherent power and value.

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Kerry Cohen, PsyD, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

My work is deeply concerned with the ways in which our culture influences and codes our experiences as women regarding sex and relationships

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Shawna Oliver, LCSW (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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.

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Jennie Hayes, MS, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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.

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Janet Purcell, PH.D.

Clinical Psychologist

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.

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Allison Hajdu-Paulen (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

With a feminist lens I assist clients to reexamine assumptions around what it means to be female within their cultural context and how that impacts their self-concept, body image, work, family life (including reproductive concerns), and relationships.

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Jennie Hagen (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMHC, LPC

Identifying as female in our culture comes with so many landmines. Navigating relationships, work/life balance, parenting, misogyny, and so on. If you've clicked on this specialty, you know. I like to work from an feminist perspective to see how gender underlies other stressors. Feminism is intersectional, and if you identify as female (or on the feminine side of the spectrum) this space is for you.

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Amanda Engracia Ayala (she/her)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

M.A.

As a woman, I specialize in supporting other female identified clients with issues such as pregnancy loss, abortions, relationships, body image, and any other items you would like to bring into the room.

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Katie Playfair, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC (OR and Tx) LMHC (WA)

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.

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Diana Oxley, Ph.D.

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have a strong interest in and commitment to helping women confront the cultural pressures and biases that may be operating against them in a patriarchal culture.

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Carrie Ivy (she/her)

Professional Counselor

I am passionate about working with women, in all that we are up against in our world and with all the gifts that we innately possess. I have 6 years experience working one-on-one with women to tell their stories of personal struggle. These stories are always each gloriously their own and offer a conduit of personal power when shared in a safe container.

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Christina Dunning, MS

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

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.

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Tracy Trefethen

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Christa Cummins

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Women face unique barriers, many times due to cultural expectations. Family, work, life-balance, burnout, self-esteem, transitions from motherhood to empty-nesting, retirement: these all look different for women, and we'll explore what they look like for you as the individual person you are, and for what you would like from your life.

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Kimberly Filla (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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.

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Tsz Yin Szeto-McNatt

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

Infertility, postpartum issues, self-esteem, being enough, measuring up are issues that can envelop our lives, yet how we treat and heal our hurts and pains further defines our future. Let me support you through these experiences, using a variety of tools: narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy.

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Karin Sawyer

Burnout! As women we live with the expectation of putting everyone else's needs first! I hear the unspoken embarrassment of not being able to “keep up” or “lean in” or “get it all done.” These women have nothing left for themselves and they feel “empty”, “hopeless”, “stuck”.

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Matia Kelly, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Kelly Sullivan

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Marley Dagner (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA

In my work, I see gender issues as a systemic part of how we are told to be in the world. I am here to aid you in exploring your identity and how you want to further your empowerment in whatever way you desire. There is space for you here.

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Melissa Yeary, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Audrianna J. Gurr (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC License and CADCI certificate, CDWF certificate

I work with women at all stages in their lives. I have particular training and background with perinatal mental health challenges including infertility, infant loss, new parents, new identities and mom and parenting challenges. I have been working with the Baby Blues Connection organization for over 10 years and work with clients individually, a couples and in groups.

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Therese Long

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Throughout the years I have done work around empowering women to find their strength within, resist or challenge social expectations, and open conversations around 'taboo topics'.

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Derica Waller, MSW, LCSW - InnerLight Counseling (She/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MSW, LCSW

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.

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Sarah Barrett (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC I

Every day in my practice I observe how patriarchy destroys the lives and emotional well-being of my clients. I bring a Feminist lens to my work with clients of all gender identities, with a particular emphasis in helping people socialized as women do less work and feel less guilty about it.

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Christine Titus, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

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Maxine Burton

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Naomi Painter (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC intern

I work through an intersectional feminist lens and understand that women face unique barriers in pursuit of social and political equality: sexism, gender-based violence, body shame and appearance pressure, economic injustice, power imbalance in relationships, and reproductive health.

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