Women's Issues

The term “women’s issues” is broad and can refer to anything that might affect a women’s mental health. Some issues, such as post-partum depression, are specific to women, while others, such as anxiety, can affect both men and women. However, women may experience the issue differently. There are many types of issues that women can face today, and some of the most prominent concerns include sexual assault, woman-specific health problems, body image problems, self-esteem, sexuality, discrimination, sexism or stereotyping. Therapists specializing in women’s issues will provide a safe and supportive environment to help to empower their clients so they can find balance, improve their quality of life, and experience relief from emotional suffering. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s women’s issues experts today.

Meet the specialists

My passion is helping women find their voice and strength in challenging times. I am inspired by the strength and resilience of the women I know and have provided support during major life changes: grief/loss, pregnancy/postpartum/infertility, relationships, midlife, and career changes. Through a body-centered exploration of thoughts, feelings, and sensation we can uncover patterns and beliefs that may not be serving you in order to discover an embodied form of your life purpose and true self.

— Angie Perry-Martin, Counselor in Westminster, CO

I have worked with women who have experienced child abuse and neglect in childhood. I also work with women who have been oppressed due to their role in the family due to cultural norms and traditional roles. Furthermore, my experience includes working with women as they struggle with having feelings unworthiness, self-fulfillment in an out of the home, and struggling with motherhood, marriage, and/or other issues related to a women’s experience in society and within their family and culture.

— Sonia Trefflich, Clinical Social Worker in Roseville, CA

Women have unique emotional, mental, sexual and spiritual strengths that need to be recognized. Do you want to move through your life challenges more easily and with more confidence? Or do you need someone to just listen, or to offer new insights? Does your wishlist include new tools to help navigate your path? For decades, empowering every phase and stage of the women's journey has been my passion. If this sounds like what you are after, please call. I'm happy to be interviewed by you, so you can be sure that we are a good match.

— Valerie Keim, Counselor in Pleasant Hill, CA

I have worked with women in my private practice for ten years. I chose for my practice to be female only, because I felt that women have unique issues related to reproduction and food that were not being addressed in my community. Prior to private practice, I worked with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, as well as Planned Parenthood League of MA.

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

Perimenopause, divorce, pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, co-parenting, mother/child relationships, sandwich generation, sex.

— Dr. Ali Dubin, Mental Health Counselor in North Hollywood, CA

I am experienced working with issues that frequently arise for women: disparate treatment, "people pleasing," nurturing everyone else but not oneself, feeling responsible for others and their behavior, difficulty setting boundaries, dissatisfaction with primary relationship, guilt over parenting issues.

— Rowena Dodson, Marriage & Family Therapist in Mountain View, CA

I work well with women of all ages. I have a feminist orientation and an open-minded, nonjudgmental approach to the struggles that each of my clients faces. I find it especially gratifying to provide guidance and support for women during major life transitions, and to foster authenticity, empowerment, self-esteem, and a greater sense of personal agency in their lives.

— Susan LaCroix, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I specialize in working with women who are experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety due to a recent life transition or traumatic event. When you enter into therapy you and I will spend time discussing your needs and we will work together to create goals that address your specific situation. This may mean learning skills to manage and decrease your depression or anxiety. This may mean learning skills to better manage stress. Sometimes this means working on your relationships and how you communicate with your partner.

— Gwendolyn Nelson-Terry, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

As a woman, I feel the importance of addressing women-specific issues in counseling. My dissertation focuses on sexual culture and unwanted sexual experiences. I have worked with women in counseling ages adolescence and up.

— Christina McGrath Fair, Counselor in Port St. Lucie, FL

As someone who was constantly told I was too sensitive (or too bossy), it made it hard for me to feel like I was ok. If you struggle with not feeling good enough, perfectionism, a sense of emptiness--even though you do a lot, I'd love to help. We often receive so many messages about what's wrong with us--there's actually a strong correlation between our perceived weaknesses and our strengths! I love helping women discover their superpowers!

— Patricia Young, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

In addition to working with women with eating disorders, & maternal and reproductive mental health, I work with women on life transitions, role changes, empowerment/ boundary setting, career goals and with women small business owners. During my time as a group practice owner, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with women who have come to see me to work on strengthening values in these areas.

— Dawn Leprich-Graves, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL

I work with women in all phases of life, especially during times of transition. These transitional times can pose new stresses, but also present as opportunities for great growth and change. Together, we explore your unique value system and the interaction between your current situations and your goals. My role in therapy shifts seamlessly between that of a coach and champion, a trusted confidant, and a knowledgable advisor and teacher. Online therapy services increase accessibility.

— Kimberly Dwyer, Clinical Psychologist in Centennial, CO

I assist women in all sorts of issues specific to women, navigating and often challenging gender roles and other cultural messages, choosing what and whom they want to be within their current systems. Many want help in creating more powerful connections within personal relationships, be it their romantic partners, children, parents, other family, friends, or co-workers. Women's health issues are a central part of the woman experience and a holistic approach to healing is a central focus.

— Laurie Cape, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bowling Green, KY

Do you ever have the thought that life as you want it, is getting away from you? Perhaps you’ve thought that you aren’t living up to the expectations you have for yourself. You’ve spent time and money, reading way too many self-help books but getting stuck in how to actually apply any of it? At the end of the day, you keep coming back to the same, re-occurring thoughts rooted in self-doubt. Thoughts keeping you up at night? Let me teach you how to how to put self-doubt to bed & sleep soundly.

— Joanne Royer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Acradia, CA

Laura began her career as an undergraduate intern doing domestic violence. Her grad school internship was with rape crisis. Her ongoing dedication to women's issues shows up in her monthly moon circle that supports women in their exploration of blossoming into maiden, mother, crone, and goddess.

— Laura Giles, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Henrico, VA

Laura began her career as an undergraduate intern doing domestic violence. Her grad school internship was with rape crisis and fellowship was in domestic violence. Her ongoing dedication to women's issues shows up in her monthly moon circle that supports women in their exploration of blossoming into maiden, mother, crone, and goddess.

— Laura Giles, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Henrico, VA

I work with women around issues of self worth and self doubt, body image, infertility, parenting, recovery from abusive relationships, and cultivating a strong sense of their own needs and strengths within the context of their work and personal relationships. I give support for maternal mental health at all stages of the parenting journey.

— Anita Stoll, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Due to a personal connection, I have an interest in treating women with chronic mental illness and especially pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). I co-facilitate a women's monthly red tent gathering in Saint Louis, and have a great interest in supporting women to grow past the limits that they have experienced physically, mentally, socially, organizationally, or in any other area.

— Sue Wilhelm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Saint Louis, MO

Please see my website for additional details. https://www.balancedmindpsych.com/women-and-maternal-health

— Audrey Atkinson, Clinical Psychologist in Davidson, NC

Our clinicians are dedicated to working with women to support their wellness in all areas of their life. We are passionate in working with women and all of our clinicians have extensive backgrounds in working with women and women's issues in therapy.

— Mindful Way Counseling, Clinical Social Worker in Fridley, MN

I have worked exclusively with individual women for the last 2 years, and have facilitated women's groups that focus on female empowerment. In my office, I have helped women with a variety of women's issues, including perinatal mood disorders, postpartum transitions to motherhood, parenting, abuse and intimate-partner violence, as well as anxiety and depression that may be correlated, in part, with social and cultural expectations of women and their roles in society and family.

— Kimberly Mathis, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Chattanooga, TN

Women face unique challenges today. We are expected to wear many hats and do it well. This can feel like a lot many days.

— Mindy Maxwell, Counselor in Burien, WA

Sometimes women try to wear the Superwoman cape. We try to do it all, and we have people depending on us to take care of our job, kids, finances, home, friendships, and on and on. It can be exhausting, and in the process, we can lose ourselves. We forget that Superwoman is a comic book character and we live in the down and dirty real world, where we get worn out if we don't take care of ourselves. Often there are things driving our busyness. Sometimes it is perfectionism, sometimes it is a relationship with a spouse, often it comes from messages we got growing up. Whatever the source, once we unpack that and begin to address it, it becomes possible to regain balance, to ease the anxiety and depression that go along with being overcommitted and stressed out. I help smart, stressed, overcommitted women to lay aside the Superwoman cape and regain their lives.

— Diana Walla, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in West Lake Hills, TX

I work with women at all stages in their lives. I have particular training and background with perinatal mental health challenges including infertility, infant loss, new parents, new identities and mom and parenting challenges. I have been working with the Baby Blues Connection organization for over 10 years and work with clients individually, a couples and in groups. I have personal experience in this arena and find this work important and much needed for our communities.

— Audrianna Gurr, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I am very passionate about women’s mental health and aiding amazing women in connecting with their inner power to lead vibrant lives. I feel there are unique mental health challenges for women and I am honored to work with women around these issues. I am keen on working with women around perceived societal pressures that may be deemed as “women’s work” and around sexual assault and sexual abuse. When working with sexual trauma, I use Narrative Therapy to help client’s rewrite their own story.

— Catharine Pritchard Hawks, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

As a woman I have a special interest in working with and supporting other women in their healing journeys. Many women find it helpful to work with a therapist who understands their experiences in the context of their gender. Whether your interest in therapy is specifically related to women’s issues or not, it is valuable to work with someone with whom you feel comfortable, and who has a unique ability to relate to and understand you and your life experiences.

— Caroline Biber, Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

As a feminist, I believe in equal rights for all regardless of gender or identity. I specialize in sexual assault, abortion support, role in relationships, and exploring identity.

— Rachael Lastoff, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Newport, KY

I am a Certified Sexologist who work with women on their sexual issues and how it relates to their relationships. I also work with males in the same way.

— Ledora Yerks-Birdlow, Licensed Professional Counselor in Harvey, LA

Let's be honest. We all wanted to be Superwoman, who can do it all, when we were growing up. Through life lessons, we soon realized that this superpower is only an illusion. An illusion that is created by cultural/family values and social messages, in addition to our own expectations of self, that being a woman means being perfect. We are taught that perfection comes from staying thin, looking attractive at all times, getting married, being a good wife, becoming a mother, having natural parenting skills, and holding a successful career while performing the role of a caregiver who keeps the family happy and well-balanced in every way. The truth is that this concept of perfection is a set up for failure because it can't exist in one person. It is an unrealistic expectation that entraps women in an endless web of fear and shame. Being a woman who struggles dealing with these social messages myself, I have spent a generous part of my career offering therapy to women who struggle finding their own voice in this demanding world. I help women impart on their journey to self-discovery, one that promotes growth over perfectionism, amidst the fear and shame of "just being me." As you are aware, this web of fear and shame is real, especially in times when you face the pressure of "being perfect.” You know it is there when you struggle with the thoughts of “What would people think of me?” or “Am I good enough?” If this is what you are experiencing, you are not alone. I’ve been there. As your therapist, I am here to empower you to make the choice that provides you long-lasting results. My view is simple: I am not the expert who "knows it all." You are the expert of your story. Let me be the listener who is here to offer new perspectives to your self-discovery. Let's work together!

— Ngoc "Michelle" Turner, Marriage & Family Therapist in Frisco, TX

My main clientele is women. I enjoy working with women and the unique issues that may arise, from parenting, pregnancy, infertility, relationships to name a few. I have helped women transition from stay at home to going back to the work force and finding what career they may love. I have over 20 years in the business field and really enjoy helping women find the career they may love, and how to have work life balance while doing it.

— Erin Gray, Counselor in Lake Mary, FL

Do you feel like you're constantly on the run and don’t have time for yourself? Do you often feel overwhelmed, frustrated, exhausted? Do you wish you could balance your emotions, make confident decisions, and just feel in control? It’s common for women to experience heavy feelings of depression, anxiety, lowered self-esteem, guilt, fear, and to get lost in the responsibilities of the day to day life. I help women create peace and balance in their lives.

— Ania Scanlan, Counselor in Roseville, MN

I specialize in working with women who are experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety and/or depression due to a recent traumatic event or life transition. When you enter into therapy you and I will spend time discussing the reasons you are seeking therapy at this time and how therapy might be able to help. Together we will work to create therapy goals that address your specific needs.

— Gwendolyn Nelson-Terry, Marriage & Family Therapist in University City, MO

Over 17 years experience assisting women across various developmental stages in healthcare and social service fields. My passion is helping women throughout different stages of life as they work thru challenges and reach toward the life they want to live.

— Amy Galaviz, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

We offer individual therapy specifically tailored to meet a woman’s needs. Women reach out for therapy for a wide variety of reasons, and we would like to support you on your journey towards finding YOUR happy. We provide a space to be heard, understood, cared about and given hope for the future. We will help you unravel your negative thoughts and feel empowered to make the changes that will make you feel content.

— Refresh Therapy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Vancouver, WA

Women's Issues are not issues unique to women or that typically effect more women than men (ie: motherhood, sexual trauma, domestic violence, etc) these issues are humans rights issues and effect all people. I draw attention to these issues, but also see things through the lens of gender, and connect preconceived notions or expectations placed on women by culture and society. The ideas of what a women should be are changing, and I work with women who are carving out their own definitions.

— Molly Lizzio, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Syracuse, NY

I enjoy working with women who struggle with the daily stressors of life - sometimes they're chosen and other times they're not. Whether the adjustment you're going through is big or small, I'm here to help. Women are the backbone of humanity and we need and deserve support! Whether it's relationships issues, pregnancy/postpartum, anxiety, trauma, or grief/loss, we can work together to help you dig deep to address the source of pain and then heal. Call or message me today.

— Kimberly Fann, Mental Health Counselor in Oviedo, FL

I have worked with women from a variety of ages and differing issues, ranging from parenting stress to significant life transitions pertaining to work, school, and relationships.

— Emily Minter Stavas, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Anaheim Hills, CA

I supported women's issues since the beginning of my career. As a previous employee of an all women's organization, I understand the different challenges women have to navigate throughout the lifespan. I have experience providing counseling to pregnant mothers, postpartum depression, and life challenges. I support the feminist movement, and encourage my women client's to push through the glass ceiling, professionally and personally.

— Michelle Smith, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

As a feminist, I believe in equal rights for all regardless of gender or identity. I specialize in sexual assault, abortion support, role in relationships, and exploring identity.

— Rachael Lastoff, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Newport, KY

In counseling, we will discuss the systems of oppression and conditioning women often internalize. These messages women receive can color how we views ourselves, interactions with others and the limits we set for ourselves or others set for us. You will be validated in this and we can work on things such as assertive communication, self-esteem, healing trauma (from oppression or otherwise) and feeling free to express emotions that aren't "ladylike." I have experience in running groups and individual counseling with a variety of women from all walks of life, from age 13 to 70s. I wholeheartedly believe women supporting others is the key to breaking the invisible shackles women live with, and I would be honored to be someone that is in your corner!

— Caitlin Bovard, Sex Therapist in Broomfield, CO

I have 20 years clinical experience working with women focusing on parenting, relationships, self development, self esteem and work/life balance.

— Jennifer Wendt, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA