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

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 Pasadena, CA

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

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 , FL

From the founder and president of the Postpartum Society of Florida to specialists in feminist psychology we cover all the bases when it comes to comprehensively treating women. Some of the more common difficulties facing women: perinatal/postpartum mood and anxiety disorders; perimenopause/menopause issues, and other physiological issues; issues of social justice and self-esteem; interpersonal difficulties; mood and anxiety disorders; and personality disorders more commonly diagnosed in women.

— Jessica Sullivan, Psychologist in Sarasota, FL

I am an advocate of supporting women's mental health needs, with particular focus on maternal mental health. Women experiencing postpartum anxiety and depression often struggle to find adequate supports to share the challenges of pregnancy, pregnancy loss, or postpartum mood disorders. It is a mission of my work to provide the therapeutic care that perinatal and postpartum women seek as they navigate the challenges of pregnancy and motherhood.

— Monika LaNuez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boca Raton, FL

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 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

Women are bombarded by so many messages of how we aren't "enough". Personally, I hate that! You are more than enough! Let's figure out how to get rid of the negative messages and find your true beauty and your unique gifts. Everyone has something to give to the world, you included. Many women hide their talents for fear of judgement. How sad! I particularly like to help with life transitions: relationships, divorce, empty nest (meaning it's now your time!) It's finally time to focus on YOU.

— Dr. Marcia Norman, Psychologist in Winter Park, FL

As part of my undergraduate education, I earned a Minor in Women's Studies. I have done extensive research on women's treatment issues, specifically gender-specific substance abuse treatment, stress and anxiety in women, LGBTQ issues, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. I have counseled women in a variety of settings and work from a feminist perspective.

— Chelsea Kazmier, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Satellite Beach, FL

Worked for years at a college Women's Resource Center as a Program Assistant and a Counselor. Provided Trauma Informed Care Counseling for a group of African American Women.

— Catina Cole, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Milwaukee, WI

The fact you are looking for a therapist shows you have begun a worthwhile journey and asking for help is OK! You deserve a place to be you without fear of judgement. Life is hard, stressful and full of obstacles! Often times we can feel stuck when different stages occur in our lives and need an outside view! If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you.

— Cathy Sharer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Cardiff, CA

Our mental health doesn't exist in a vacuum. As women, we face unique challenges at work and at home -- such as experiences of bias and discrimination, gendered role expectations in our families, or lack of professional support and mentorship -- that can profoundly impact our well-being. My practice supports women to address common concerns like work-life balance, boundary setting, or navigating male-dominated workplaces with confidence, self-compassion, & resilience.

— Maya Borgueta, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

As women in our culture (and many others), we experience more sexual abuse, harassment and assault; discrimination in language, job opportunities and pay; and fewer political rights than men. This multigenerational issue can negatively affect our sense of safety, belief in ourselves and our skills, our ability to stand up for our rights, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Together, we can work to sort through the levels of pain and trauma, access our strengths, heal and create change.

— Renee Beck, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

I work with woman & teen girls in a variety of issues. Such as Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Self-esteem issues, Parenting, Teen dating abuse, Body Image issues, and Intergenerational truama. I enjoy working with woman & teenage girls. It's becoming increasingly difficult for woman & teens to feel like they fit in, to not feel marginalized, isolated, or rejected from their peers and society. I encourage and teach woman/teens to accept themselves, stay true to who they are.

— Tammie Holt, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Orlando, FL

I am certified and have experience in treating women with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

— Kadesha Adelakun, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kennesaw, GA

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 have experience working with women individually and in a group format on issues such as: life transitions, identity, sexual abuse/assault, relationships, grief/loss, abortion, divorce, and more.

— Molly Roth, Counselor in Cedar Park, TX

I work with adolsecents with emotional issues, as well as young adults interested in exploring their career and occupational goals. I have worked for decades with women who are considering marriage, pursuing pregnancy, or those who are unexpectedly pregnant. I have a background in reproductive endocrinology and have worked with couples struggling with infertility. I take a holistic approach in working with women undergoing perimenopause and menopause.

— Michele Davidson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Virginia Beach, VA

True femininity is a beautiful and powerful thing to embrace. I am passionate about this topic which is different than feminism. I want to help you connect with the shadow, lunar, femininity, the receptive power of knowing and trusting that resides inside. I want to help you connect with your body again!

— Karen Harris, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Clackamas, OR

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

From managing societal pressures on women and mothers, to challenging the expectations of others, I work with women in all walks of life. I specialize in working with women from adolescence through their golden years, from new moms to the proudly childless. I hope to create a space in which you feel supported and empowered to create the change you wish to see in your life.

— Kristin Boyd, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Anaheim, CA

I personally have had my fair share in dealing with women’s issues. If your presenting problem falls into this category, I am blessed to be able to tell you I am experienced in this area both personally and professionally.

— Shelby M. Upton, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Fort Worth, TX

I have experience in treating women who are suffering from depression, anxiety, infertility, postpartum, abuse, divorce, trauma, and chronic illness.

— Michelle Salzman, Counselor in Irving, TX

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