Reaction Paper

Topics: Gender, Gender role, Feminism Pages: 3 (788 words) Published: April 24, 2013
Feminist Therapy Reaction Paper
Brittany Rhodes
Mississippi College

Feminist Therapy focuses on empowering women and helping them discover how to break the stereotypes and molds of some traditional roles that women play that may be blocking their development and growth. This type of therapy grew out of influences of the women’s movement in the late 1960’s. Feminist therapy is more focused on strengthening women in areas such as assertiveness, communication, relationships, and self esteem. This paper will discuss the strengths, limitations, applications, and my personal reflection on the feminist therapy.

Feminist Therapy
Feminist therapy grew from the influences of the women’s movement in the 1960’s. This movement has no one particular theorist that can be named the originator of feminist therapy. Feminists tried to keep elements of other psychological theories that worked but attempted to get rid of sexist aspects of the theories. They then tried to explain some of the common experiences and difficulties associated with the social roles that women endure that may be blocking their growth and development. The focus of the feminist therapy is mainly on helping women in areas such as assertiveness, communication, self-esteem, and relationships. Feminist therapy also focuses on empowering women by helping them see the impact of gender issues. Strengths

Feminist therapy as many different strengths and is needed for several reasons. The main goal of feminist therapy is change, not just change within the person or client but change in society. Gender issues should be addressed because they can cause psychological distress and shape unwanted behavior. Our lives are affected and influenced by the stigmas and stereotypes related to internal and environmental pressures which can affect a person’s identity. Feminist therapy recognizes this and implements these concerns in practice. A second strength of feminist therapy is that it works with the client...
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