As a feminist-oriented therapist, I believe that counseling is partnership between the counselor and the client. In order to make progress women have to dig deep and think about the messages they have received from family, social networks, and society at-large to address why they feel unworthy, unable, and unsatisfied. These are the underlying causes of anxiety, depression, low-self-esteem and adjustment issues that keep women from recognizing their own power.
Lack of self-worth and a fear of communicating needs and desires bring the women I see to counseling. Working on the three fundamental areas: communication skills, self-esteem, and setting boundaries, makes clients aware of and able to communicate their needs. In order to make progress in these areas, women have to dig deep and think about the messages they have received from family, social networks, and society at-large to address why they feel unworthy, unable, and unsatisfied.
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is any physical, verbal, economic, or emotional abuse inflicted by a significant other (boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, dating partner). You do not have to be living together, and it does not need to be a committed relationship. If you have experienced issues of control and coercion, it likely qualifies as intimate partner violence. Counseling can help you work through issues, find self-empowerment, and encourage you to be resourceful.
Here’s the thing – feeling unheard and being discouraged from setting big, high achieving goals has an affect on our careers. It can prevent you from pursuing the job or career you really want; from asking for that raise or that flexible schedule you deserve; and from putting your career satisfaction and success before the needs of others. I see it. All. the. time. I love career counseling and think it is truly undervalued. I have ten year's of experience as career counselor and I love it!