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Feminist Therapy

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Alex Noble

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Transcript of Feminist Therapy

Feminist Therapy
Types of Clients
Both men and women can benefit
Struggling with gender identity or gender roles in society
Struggling with body image/self-esteem
Techniques Used in Session
No one true method to feminist therapy
Came from 4 tenets
Feminist views on counseling erupted from the women's movement in the 1960's.
Upon the publication of Carol Gilligan's In a Different Voice (1982), was an increased integration of feminist theory into counseling practices
There is no single founder.
Derived from many feminists philosophies and writers.
Four Tenets
The personal is political
Egalitarian relationships
Privileging of women's experiences
Initially a challenge to patriarchal power
Changed to focus on women's development and their unique and common qualities
individuals to become aware of socialization patters and personal options
involvement in social change activities
intervention in the larger community
More of an approach to counseling, rather than a set of rules
Equality in the helping relationship
Valuing social, political, and economic action as part of treatment
Androgyny: accepting one's body "as is
Evaluation of the Therapy
Focuses on equality
First theory/therapy that focused mainly on women's issues and oppression
Can benefit almost any client
The name "Feminist/Feminism"
Radical feminists give it a bad connotation
Puts the blame on society
Developed by white, middle class, heterosexual women
Feminist therapy: A social and individual change model. Retrieved from https://blackboard.bsu.edu/bbcswebdav/pid-2801869-dt-content-rid-
Gladding, S. T. (2009). Counseling: A comprehensive profession (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Grant, S. K. (2002). Feminist therapy. Unpublished raw data, Psychology, California State University, Northridge, CA, Retrieved from http://www.csun.edu/~hcpsy002/Psy460_Ch12_Handout_ppt.pdf
Mahaney, E. (2007, September 13). Theory and techniques of feminist therapy. Retrieved from http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/theory-and-techniques-of-feminist-therapy/
Weaver, R. (2012, April 20). Feminist therapy: Is it still needed today?. Retrieved from http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/feminist-therapy-sexism-self-esteem-0420125/
The Personal is Political
Etiology: interrelationship between subjective and objective realities
Behavior: understood by the use of political analysis; the role of oppression and discrimination
Person Experience: "the lived version of political reality"
Goals: empowering client to change negative social, interpersonal, and political environment
Helping and giving women the power to make changes in their lives and in the world.
Egalitarian Relationships
Focused on client's goals, rather than therapist's
Collaborative relationship
Minimize power differentiation
Privileging of Women's Experiences
Brings female experiences to forefront.
Women and men are considered and valued equally.
Taking women's experiences from being devalued to valued.
Key Concepts
Client knows what is best for her life and is the expert on her own life
Assumed that individual change will best occur through social change
Clients are encouraged to take social action
Feminist Therapy
What were some responsibilities of you growing up that were clear indicators of traditional gender roles?
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt oppressed or that your ideas/thoughts weren't taken seriously?
Intervention Techniques
Assertiveness Training
Interpersonal rights
Transcend stereotypical sex roles
Change negative beliefs
Implement changes in their daily lives
Changes the frame of reference for looking at an individual's behavior
Reading assignments that address issues such as coping skills, gender-role stereotypes promoted, power differential between women and men, gender inequality, society's obsession with thinness
Alexandra Redington-Noble, Allison Schuler, Erica Zook
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