Therapy For Women
Women have been reaching out to therapists for decades. There are clinicians who specialise in working with women, and in particular want to be able to explore and navigate the unique emotional and behavioural experiences. When working with women, therapists have to be familiar with the diverse challenges that women face today and through out their life span. Women have their personal experiences of navigate competing roles, cultural expectations and their personal goals. Helping women explore their personal contexts, in particular become curious to their personal narratives – how these have come about and how they’re working for them. Women can get caught up in roles which may need to evolve over time. Having the support from a therapist can help women take a perspective on their lives and explore what is and isn’t working. Together with a therapist, women can explore ways in which they can increase their sense of purpose and meaning, through various methods such of self discovery – such as art therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy or acceptance and commitment therapy – all designed to empower women in their journey towards mental well-being.
Most therapy for women tends to focus on topics that are particularly relevant to women’s lives, such as relationships (with partners and family), self-esteem, body image, career aspirations, motherhood, and childhood history or trauma. Using a non-judgment and compassionate stance, therapists support women develop in developing their own compassionate voice, coping mechanisms and resilience in the face of life’s demands. Additionally, therapy for women creates an opportunity to have open and honest conversations about issues such as gender roles, societal expectations, and cultural influences that can impact women’s mental health. Therapy may at times be the only context where it’s safe to have such conversations.
Therapy for women can help women deepen their personal insights into the stories that may have kept them stuck, may help women challenge some of the norms or expectations that are no longer serving them and can support women to live fuller and more meaningful lives.