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

Why the reason for a specialty in women's issues. While working at Community Recovery International as well as Alpha Grand Rapids, I have noticed a pattern of behavior in working with women. We often attempt to take on the world and when we cannot hold the world up, we take it as a self-perceived failure. I work with women who live their lives in a lower socioeconomic background, struggle with self-esteem, motherhood, domestic violence as well as lower confidence and self-worth.

— Sara Rice, Counselor in Wyoming, MI

I have experience working with women in the university setting, mothers, & adjustment to disability issues.

— Stephanie Marshall, Counselor in Hilliard, OH

As an intersectional feminist, wife, mother and woman of color, I have a passion for serving a diverse group of women. For two years in my doctoral training, I worked primarily with a diverse group of women at Mount Saint Mary's University (a historically all-women's college) and His Sheltering Arms, a residential treatment facility for women with co-occurring addiction and trauma. My approach to therapy integrates the impact of power and privilege on a woman's wellbeing.

— Courtney Shen DeShetler, Psychologist in ,

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

Women's issues are near and dear to my heart. I practice within a framework to empower and assist women in recognizing their true selves. Women often come to me already encompassing the power to handle why they are seeing me, (work place discrimination, sexism, historical trauma, parenthood, self-worth, mental health concerns, ect.) they just need a welcoming place to explore their thoughts and emotions without judgement to find the skills and begin to find grounding and restoration.

— Amanda Martin, Clinical Social Worker in Ada, MI

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

Women face a unique set of issues, especially in the world we live in today. I have experience helping with self-esteem, body image and acceptance, and political and feminist issues.

— Lisa Epstein, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Garland, TX

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 Evergreen, CO

Trying to do it all, and with a smile, to speak up, but not take up too much space, express confidence without showing off, feel your feels, without looking weak. I think the expectations of women are bullshit and I am very passionate about getting to know the very normal responses we have to being asked to do a hundred contradictory things. Those responses often look like self criticism, anxious thoughts, sadness, rage, confusion. The women I see are amazing. They just often don't know it.

— Shana Averbach, Counselor in San Francisco, CA

Many women are walking around with #metoo traumas, issues with inequality in marriage and at work, and a plethora of other issues related to having a female body. Women also sometimes struggle with motherhood, having had abortions, family issues, and a host of other troubles that need sorting out. I am a feminist therapist, and I enjoy helping my female clients make sense of their experiences using a feminist lens.

— Brandie Sellers, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Allen, TX

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 Sacramento, CA

As women we often put ourselves last after everyone else's needs are met. This can lead to feelings of fatigue, burn out, frustration, resentment , lack of fulfillment and underachievement. Relationship dissatisfaction can lead to feelings of despair and depression. Confusion about sexual orientation can be isolating and scary. These are only a few of the issues women face. I can help you explore your own personal truth so you can connect to your authentic self and feel empowered.

— Joan Tibaldi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Saint Augustine, FL

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 specialize in women's issues with a focus on building self-compassion, self-love, and resiliency. As women, we yearn for connection and a place to be ourselves. Together we can explore who you truly are. Additionally, I work with women entrepreneurs. You may find yourself linking your “successes” or “failures” to your worth. Navigating the pitfalls of business and keeping motivation is hard to do alone. Together, we can tend to your mental health while you tend to your business.

— Sabrina Fish, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Hermosa Beach, CA

Modern women are often subjected to expectations that can be overwhelming. Whether you are a young professional, struggling with intimate relationships, or transitioning into a new role as a wife or mother, the narratives we have ingrained from a young age may no longer be reflective of your desires or trajectory. Together we can reevaluate what fits and what no longer serves you in the formation of your identity as a modern woman.

— Hannah Donahue, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

Working with women is one of my passion areas, particularly helping women navigate the difficulties they face because of living in a patriarchal society.

— Erin Shapiro, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

Modern women are often subjected to expectations that can be overwhelming. Whether you are a young professional, struggling with intimate relationships, or transitioning into a new role as a wife or mother, the narratives we have ingrained from a young age may no longer be reflective of your desires or trajectory. Together we can reevaluate what fits and what no longer serves you in the formation of your identity as a modern woman.

— Hannah Donahue, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Women's issues are relevant to all individuals, including non-binary and trans individuals, who experience any combination of biological, societal, relational, or occupational challenges based on their gender identity. I work with these individuals on identifying areas of their lives where oppression prevents optimal self-expression and freedom to thrive. Counseling helps my clients become more positive about themselves and their self image, as well as increases self-advocacy and confidence.

— Mary Mills, Counselor in Seattle, WA

Building therapeutic alliances with womxn and advocating a brave space for them to develop greater understanding within the intersections of their evolving identities is one of my greatest passions. I love working with clients interested in grappling with personal and systemic narratives that have limited their sense of self and build new narratives of power, courage and hope.

— Whitney Losee, Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA