About My Clients
I support self-identified women and girls from a range of cultural backgrounds and intersecting identities. Without a doubt my clients are powerhouses, though they don’t usually feel that way when we begin our work together. Their energy is diminished by the fatigue, worry and stress that can come with both life-changing events and day-to-day-living. I believe it's possible to move from survival mode to a place of ease, where you can actually thrive, live your purpose and find your joy.
My Background and Approach
You might be wondering what therapy with me looks like, and it’s a good question. Working from a feminist lens, I am here as an ally and co-explorer. Historically, therapy entailed a whole lot of judgement of clients and the expectation that therapists should be quiet and nod a lot. Feminist therapy is different, and so am I. While I bring the clinical expertise, you are the expert on your own life and our collaboration in healing is everything. I show up as a real person and believe that everyone is doing the best they can, when they can. I’ll help you identify your strengths, cultivate your inner and outer resources and make concrete plans that are in line with your goals. Working from a feminist lens also means acknowledging social, cultural and political context and identifying ways to navigate that context (i.e. your world). At the same time, I use a mix of out-of-the-box and evidenced-based practices to help my clients get where they want to be.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I fully believe equality and justice are essential for mental health. I also believe seeking therapy is one of the most socially-responsible actions a person can take. In addition to my private practice, I teach future therapists at the California Institute of Integral Studies and am also a proud participant in the Bay Area Asylum Mental Health Projects. To learn more about my thoughts on why feminist therapy is more relevant than ever, click here: https://www.jessikafruchtermft.com/blog/covid-chronicles-heres-why-feminist-therapy-has-never-been-more-relevant