Feminist Therapy

Feminist therapy is a therapeutic approach grounded in feminist theory and philosophy. Central to this approach is the idea that women may experience mental health issues as a result of psychological oppression. In feminist therapy, the therapist and client are equals – the therapist's knowledge of psychology and the client's knowledge of herself come together to embrace the client's strengths. Feminist therapists seek to recognize and understand the client's socioeconomic and political situation, and are typically personally invested in ending oppression, empowering women and girls, and working toward social change. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s feminist therapy specialists today.

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Therapists in our practice believe in using a collaborative approach to therapy. While we have knowledge coming from our own education and experiences, you have expertise in your life. We work to create a collaborative environment where you are working on your goals based on what you need and want for yourself.

— Karen Rothstein Pineda, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Oak Park, IL

I am a cisgender queer Latinx female who has worked from a feminist multicultural perspective for over 16 years. Feminist therapy cares about intersectionality, or the idea that we all have multiple identities that impact us in different ways throughout our life. Feminist therapy is interested in collaboration that is non-hierarchical and empowering of all people, regardless of their identity status. I work hard to show up authentically as a companion on your journey.

— Geneva Reynaga-Abiko, Clinical Psychologist in Washington, DC
 

I believe that the counseling relationship should be equitable, not hierarchical. Intersectional feminism helps inform how one's marginalized and privileged identities have impacted one's mental health in the different systems we navigate.

— Eliza McBride, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Beaverton, OR

Feminist therapy is a set of related therapies arising from what proponents see as a disparity between the origin of most psychological theories and the majority of people seeking counseling being female. It focuses on societal, cultural, and political causes and solutions to issues faced in the counseling process.

— Monica Manuel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA
 

My approach is built on a foundation of feminist, anti-oppression values. I believe therapy is ineffective if the greater social context a person lives in is not examined critically; most of the time, doing so is empowering for all genders.

— Laurel Roberts-Meese, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Feminism and a commitment to social justice guide my work. I consult the DSM-5 and provide a diagnosis when appropriate (usually when you need to submit a superbill for reimbursement), but I find that more frequently the issues clients face are the result of systemic oppression rather than a personal problem.

— Christina (Christy) Reichert, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA
 

I am rooted in anti-oppression as the lens through which we can make sense of many of our struggles. I believe in depathologizing mental illness by correctly identifying external sources of distress rather than seeing your pain as a personal problem. I have and continue to educate myself on systemic and interpersonal oppression in order to better understand the experiences of marginalized clients and to prevent harming my clients through my ignorance.

— Augustin Kendall, Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

Feminist Therapy allows us to examine the role of systemic factors such as oppression, power, and privilege which impact the symptoms which bring you to therapy. As a Feminist Therapist I pay special attention to the power imbalance inherent in the therapist-client dynamic and actively work to empower you to push back, challenge, question, and collaborate as we work together.

— Soren Stone, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
 

I approach my work from a social justice lens, always considering the importance of intersectional oppression in psychological distress.

— Augustin Kendall, Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

"Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression"--(bell hooks). Feminist therapy is used as a lens to investigate and explore how society is built for white, cis-het (cisgender/heterosexual), assigned male at birth (AMAB) people and the subsequent ramifications and consequences for others who fall out of those parameters. Intersectionality, within feminism, looks at the way differing inequalities create intersecting discrimination and inequity.

— Leta Lawhead, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Bellingham, WA
 

You are the expert of yourself; I'm here to support you with my training and skills to assist you in uncovering the answers within. I use an intersectional approach and recognize there are many factors and layers to your life, and when we can examine all aspects of our identity we move toward accepting ourselves as we are. I am committed to being an inclusive, anti-racist practitioner and do not shy away from discussing relevant social justice topics as they may arise within therapy.

— Shelby Dwyer, Counselor in Boston, MA

I received my training in feminist studies from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

— Sam Naimi, Psychotherapist in West Hollywood, CA
 

Forces of societal oppression affect all individuals of any gender background. I am passionate about helping people understand these forces and guiding them in choosing ways to respond in an empowered way. Feminism is a way to explore the way that you feel about yourself and the ways that this shows up in your life. Feminist therapy helps you to gain agency and power in your daily living and alter the ways in which you participate in systems of power that can be hurtful to you.

— Jennie Wang-Hall, Psychologist in San Marcos, CA

I promote an egalitarian relationship with my clients, acknowledging they are the experts of their lives. I work with all clients, regardless of gender or sexual identity, on identifying areas of their life they experience oppression, and how it impacts their overall wellbeing. One of my greatest joys as a counselor is witnessing individuals become empowered to make choices and take actions that promote wellbeing, regardless of whether those choices are congruent with societal norms.

— Mary Mills, Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

I am able to discuss and process systems of oppression that we all live in and how to change the systems. I will not discount your lived experience and will provide a safe space for you to tell your story.

— Caley Johnson, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Bellingham, WA

I was trained the tradition of the Stone Center at Wellesley in what was then called Feminist Therapy, but is now called "Relational Cultural Therapy". This is a strengths based approach that honors not only the specific needs of women but also takes into account the ethnic and cultural backgrounds that shape our worldview. Healing happens in relationships with others, and therapy is a way to practice this.

— Jessica Foley, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Waltham, MA
 

A feminist approach to therapy enables an egalitarian relationship between therapist and client, where the client is the expert in the room and we collaborate on treatment. My research in graduate school was on a feminist approach to working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse. As a therapist, I sought out a feminist supervisor and strive to learn as much from her as I can.

— Mark Myran, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Alamitos, CA

Societal, cultural and political influences shape how we internalize gender roles and how we parent. I help clients negotiate for their own personal space and/or time in relationships with their families, work or others. This may look like practicing assertiveness, or developing boundaries and limit setting. We'll develop a supportive relationship for fostering self-nurturance and self-care.

— Stephanie Arrington, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,