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

Women in midlife face particular challenges both physically and emotionally.

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.

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.

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 home life. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I operate from a feminsist perspective and welcome and encourage all female-identified clients to my practice.

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.

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.

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.

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 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!

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

If there are painful thought/feeling 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.

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.

My passion is supporting and enhancing the emotional well-being of women in different transitions throughout their life-span.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A woman's development, physiology, and psychic journey is unique to her female identity. The historical domination of patriarchy has ignored the generative, creative, and intrinsic value of the female, leading to feelings of insecurity, low self-esteem, and unworthiness. I am passionate about changing this paradigm, and view my work with women and their unique issues as crucial to this process.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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'.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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