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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

I enjoy empowering those who identify as female, in the face of cultural and societal norms that try to limit us and hold us back. I help women develop relationships with themselves that are more compassionate, resilient and affirming.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

BA in Women's Studies.

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.

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 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!

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

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.

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”.\n

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

Being a queerfemme woman and experiencing the deep harms of sexist social and cultural conditioning throughout my lifetime, I have walked a 15+ year road of healing self-worth, restoring boundaries and reappropriating both anger and pleasure. It is my joy to support other womxn in this experiencing of reclaiming personal power and self-confidence.

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