WHAT IS FEMINIST PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Feminist therapy is grounded in the understanding that many of our psychological struggles are impacted by cultural beliefs, power, gender identity, societal expectations, and politics. Feminist psychology is interested in the intersection between social norms, power structures, and individual experience. This means that, in session, we may spend a fair amount of time discussing the ways that the environment shapes your personal experience, and how your gender, socio-economic status, race, or other factors may impact your emotional well-being.
Feminist therapy is not just for women. Rather, feminist therapy acknowledges that individuals have different experiences based on their gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, and lifestyle choices, and that these experiences impact psychological functioning.
Feminist therapy differs from many other therapy orientations in that it actively assesses, critiques, and challenges the culture as a whole, and invites individuals to work within or push against social expectations to develop a more fully-authentic sense of self and place in the world.