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

Naomi Painter (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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.

View Profile
Marcy Irene Jenks (she/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, RN, LPC

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

View Profile
Katrina Clark (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MSW, LCSW

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.

View Profile
Greta Reitinger (She/Her/Hers)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate

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.

View Profile
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.

View Profile
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.

View Profile
Ashley Johnson (she/her)

Hypnotherapist

Board Certified Hypnotherapist

During one of my most successful cases of assisting in regulating hormone production and menstrual cycle regulation, my client was able to have a regular cycle AND shed 15 pounds in one month. As a member of the LGBTQ community and a passionate feminist, women's issues of all kinds are something that I work great with.

View Profile
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.

View Profile
caroline sabi (she/her)

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.

View Profile
Melissa Hartley ((she/her))

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC, Professional Counselor Associate

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 safe space to talk about the differences between our identities in a respectful and affirming way.

View Profile
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.

View Profile
Christa Cummins (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, NCC

Women face unique barriers, often due to cultural expectations. Family, work, burnout, self-esteem, transitions from motherhood to empty-nesting, the choice to forego marriage or not to have children, challenges of retirement: these all look different for women, and we'll explore what they look like for you as the individual person you are, in the context of what you would like from your life.

View Profile
Erin Berk, LPC (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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 .

View Profile
Irma E. Llanes (she/her)

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.

View Profile
Nicole Corbett (she/her)

Hypnotherapist

Certified Hypnotherapist

I work with women exactly where they're at. Services I offer include hypnosis for natural childbirth, body image concerns, chronic fatigue, self-compassion, and post-traumatic growth. Find your way past the blocks to a fulfilling life.

View Profile
Emily Chavez-Nguyen (She/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

NCC, Professional Counselor Associate (OR), LMHC (WA)

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

View Profile
Ashley Adler (she/her/hers)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Master of Arts in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy

You may be feeling like something doesn’t feel quite right in your life. It might be hard to get clear on what exactly it is; maybe you’re burnt out, exhausted, guilty or frustrated. Maybe you have a hard time saying no. You might have a sense that you’d like to discover more about who you are and how to live more authentically.

View Profile
Gina DeLeo (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A.

I have worked closely with women across the lifespan, especially around big life transitions, family/relational issues and inter-generational trauma.

View Profile
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.

View Profile
Kelly Sullivan (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

L4631

I work with women and couples experiencing issues with infertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, post-partum adjustment and menopause. These experiences can change fundamental aspects of identity. They are times of culturally informed and biological transitions and can be full of overwhelming challenges. They can also provide a unique motivation for shifting old perspectives.

View Profile
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.

View Profile
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.

View Profile
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.

View Profile
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.

View Profile
Amy Galaviz (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, Professional Counselor Associate (OR), LMHCA (WA)

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

View Profile
Derica Waller (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.

View Profile
Heather Rensmith (she, her, hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, CST

BA in Women's Studies.

View Profile
Caitlin Keitel (she/her)

Professional Counselor

M.A. Process Oriented Facilitation

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

View Profile
Diana Oxley, Ph.D.

Licensed Professional Counselor

Diploma, CG Jung Institute Zurich; Ph.D. (Psychology), Arizona State University

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.

View Profile
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.

View Profile
Gillian Chachere

Qualified Mental Health Professional

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.

View Profile
Jennie Hayes, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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.

View Profile
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.

View Profile
ariel reiner (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC Associate

Helping women get more in touch with their bodies based on women's experiences. A huge part of supporting women is supporting men and men's issues as well.

View Profile
Haley Brotzman (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

Professional Counselor Associate

I have come across so many people who have opened up to me about their experiences in life and have found my passion to focus on women and the issues that arise for us to overcome. As women in our society, we are often disconnected from our own selves by abuse/harm from others, religious ideals, societal expectations, relationships, racial biases, transphobia, and so much more. It is only in reconnection with our relationship to self that I believe growth and healing can occur.

View Profile
Nina Tarabus (she/ her)

Clinical Social Work Associate

LMSW

Strong emphasis on working with new mothers, pregnant and postpartum. I am trained in NY state as a postpartum doula and work with womyn mentally, physically and spiritually on overcoming the unique challenges we encounter in our everyday lives through culture, race and society.

View Profile
Kari Carroll (she/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMFT

In my opinion we all have women's issues. Our society teaches us to prioritize performance, competition and intellectualism over kindness, mutuality, vulnerability and intuition. Often you have been given roles and expectations you did not ask for. I help you balance your divine feminine and masculine, regardless of your current gender, in order to experience both independence and autonomy with interdependence and community. You will learn boundaries, confidence, vulnerability and assertiveness.

View Profile
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

View Profile
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'.

View Profile
Tsz Yin Szeto-McNatt (she/her/hers)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

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.

View Profile
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.

View Profile
Jessica Baker (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.

View Profile
xxxx xxxx

Licensed Professional Counselor

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”.

View Profile
Melissa Yeary (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC, CHT

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.

View Profile
Susan Gulka (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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

View Profile
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.

View Profile
Camillia de la Garza (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.

View Profile
Julie Lucisano (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I worked as an integrated mental health therapist for an OB/GYN company from 2015-2021. This allowed me the opportunity to work with folks across the lifespan, often addressing the confluence of physical and mental health; including reproductive health (i.e managing medical issues during a pregnancy, pregnancy loss), PMS/PMDD, pregnancy and adjustments following the birth of a child, sexual health, healthy weight management and lifestyle choices.

View Profile
Christina Dunning, MS

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

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.

View Profile
Lesley Smith (she/they)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I have experience working with female-identified people and am knowledgable on the unique experiences of these individuals and the ways that patriarchy influences our lived experience.

View Profile
Sasha Rosenfels, MA, LMFT (She/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

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.

View Profile
Donna Prinzmetal (she/her)

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.

View Profile