Feminist Therapy

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The central concept of Feminist Therapy is the concern for the psychological oppression of women and the socialization of women that affects their individual identity development. Feminist Therapy incorporates a worldview that no one should be constrained to the stereotypical roles based on their gender (Corey, 2013). It focuses on creating a therapeutic setting where clients can work towards their own empowerment, as well as to learn how to communicate with others in ways that are accountable, healthy, and caring (Corey, 2013). Adolescents is a time of significant life transitions in which young adults learn to cope with changes that are brought about by physical and emotional maturation (Sands and Howard-Hamilton, 1994). During this time girls begin to become more aware of themselves as females, and learn to identify society’s signals to conform appropriately to their gender (Sands and Howard-Hamilton, 1994). The high school girls that are present in this writers program are starting to understand that they can use their bodies to get attention from boys therefore making them value their individual beauty. Some girls have identified that the “boys” that they like do not value them for their brains, but for their beauty and therefore this is where high school becomes a popularity contest, and academically their grades begin to suffer. This is where group therapy may fit well with the spirit of feminist therapy (Corey, 2013). Although traditional Feminist Therapy focuses on oppression and powerlessness, we as a group we could explore other feminist topics such as gender role identity, self-worth, and their places in society. By doing this they could gain a firm grasp of their self-worth, and hopefull... ... middle of paper ... ...of feminist therapy would be appropriate when working in a group setting, the therapy as a whole would not be beneficial for adolescents because of their limited understanding of our society as a whole, as well as not fitting with this writer personal beliefs. Understanding the ethical and multi-cultural aspects of this field is extremely important and plays an integral role when creating change. In order to gain a true understanding and develop a trusting relationship with a client, one must respect and understand their culture and religious beliefs. Not understanding, or being ignorant to a culture could be detrimental to the success of the client, as well as the therapeutic relationship. Unfortunately, we as humans form biases unknowingly; but as Linzer (1999) states “the beginning of wisdom is to come to grips with complexity, not to sweep it under the rug”.
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