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.

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Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman

— Kayla Nettleton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Antonio, TX

If you have a uterus, you know how much it can affect your day to day life. From my personal experiences of endometriosis and ovarian cysts, I know about chronic pain and the mental health effects of the menstrual cycle. As if internal physical concerns weren't enough, being socialized as a girl or woman may have taught you to put others needs (and wants!) before your own, have permeable boundaries, or that you can rest when all the work is done. Let's unpack this and take down the patriarchy!

— Sidrah Khan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

I work with women on postpartum mood disorders, body image issues, low self-esteem, depression & anxiety, guilt & shame & fear, grief, adjusting motherhood, sexual issues such as vaginismus & endometriosis & low sexual desire & pelvic pain. I love helping women to understand the valid reasons of their anger & resentment. I enjoy helping women to advocate for themselves in any relationship, including the relationship with themselves.

— Elvan Kama Kurtz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wayne, PA

I provide an unconditionally supportive space for people to process all their reproductive choices, as well as feelings about the loss of body autonomy after recent court decisions. My commitment to intersectional feminism guides all my work with patients. Reproductive justice, body autonomy, and decolonization of psychotherapy demand focused and intentional effort. I pursue ongoing experiences and continuing education to support my growth in this area.

— Liz Fletcher, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oklahoma City, OK

Focused specifically on supporting womxn and girls, Colorado Women’s Collaborative Healthcare specializes in womxn’s issues throughout the lifespan.

— Rebecca Richey, Clinical Psychologist in Denver, 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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Laguna Niguel, CA

It is my life's mission to help women recover from the depression and anxiety caused by striving for perfectionism.

— Amanda Wetegrove-Romine, Psychologist in San Antonio, TX

You focus on the well-being of others, but this is not a mutual relationship, as you do not allow others to get close to you (and you want to). You derive your worth by numbers, grades on an exam, pounds on a scale, money in your bank account, or the number of “likes” you receive on a photo. You have difficulty focusing on what or who matters most to you, because of stressors, social media, or running all of the terrible “what if” scenarios in your head.

— Dr. Nichole Vincent, Clinical Psychologist

Traumatic experiences, such as physical, emotional, & sexual abuse, neglect, cultural, gendered, and racial trauma, and growing up in a chaotic or stressful family, are stressful events that can exceed our ability to cope. We move on as best we can from these experiences, but often find that we continue to struggle which can show up in our lives as emotional dysregulation, anxiety, upsetting memories, fear, difficulties in establishing trust, or unsatisfying relationships.

— Gina Polesetsky, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Culver City, CA

Women often put themselves 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

Being a woman in America today brings about a unique set of issues. Things like compassion fatigue, burnout, and overall stress and anxiety, just to name a few. To get the most out of therapy one has to able to take into account the bigger systemic issues at play.

— Janette Macias, Art Therapist in Hollywood, FL

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 Berkeley, CA

Womxn of Therapy Den, I see you. It's not just in your head! Your lived experiences matter and this is a hill I will die on. Microaggressions, sexism, racism, the patriarchy, gender roles, misogyny, ableism, pay inequity, pink tax be damned! I will never grow tired of this topic and helping my clients develop the self-confidence to practice taking up space in a world that expects them to be small is my absolute jam.

— Gina Daniel, Licensed Master of Social Work in Austin, TX

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

In my practice, I assist many of my clients in making sense of their womanhood- whether that is coping with the restrictive expectations placed on women by society, exploring the nuanced experiences of women of color, or creating space for the meaningful celebration of trans womanhood, I offer an environment for all women to be proud of their story.

— Casey Tangonan, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Chicago, IL

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 in Timnath, CO

I work with women who struggle with feeling valued, seen or heard. I will help you develop confidence in your voice, your path and how you move forward in life. Together, we will build a partnership to explore with curiosity the ways in which you struggle and feel pain, and how you have learned to cope and adapt. Unlearning and processing what makes life hard for us can be a daunting task. Asking for help when you need it is a brave first step.

— Ashley MacLaren, Counselor in Seattle, WA

Relationships, careers, emotional burnout, caretaking, codependency, past trauma and so many other things rob the peace from women's lives way too often. I'm here to listen to your personal struggle and help find ways to manage the chaos, address the underlying issue or find new solutions that seemed elusive before. Let me help you feel understood, validated and walk you through the storm to a place of calm that can be your new reality for every day.

— Kristy Hayes, Licensed Professional Counselor