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Weve seen big changes in the ways we women experience our worlds over the last two decades Changes in our home and family structures as well as greater career opportunities mean we often face too much work and too few resources We can find ourselves overwhelmed by our many responsibilities Our jobs children husbands parents plus housework all make demands on our limited time and energy Some of us feel in conflict and fearful over the choices we must make Some of us feel life gives us no choices at all Others of us feel opportunities passed us by when we followed the traditional path of staying home to meet our familys needs Most of us feel overstressed and overworked Many of us feel isolated anxious even depressed and resentful If you can relate to any of this you might be interested in learning more about feminist therapy Why Feminist Therapy Is Needed Is it any surprise women turn to counseling for help in dealing with the many issues overwhelming them While traditional therapeutic approaches can and are helpful feminist therapy is distinct in its addressing the role of gender in psychological distress Gender is a reality that shapes our behavior Our world is organized through its influence Feminist therapy recognizes that environmental pressures affect a womans identity Women live in a world dominated by males and masculine patterns of thought and behavior or the patriarchy Until recently studies of human behavior were almost always conducted by and on men So mens ways of being often were -- and are -- used to describe women as well as men and therapy techniques useful for men are applied to women equally Feminists argue that men and women are not the same and indeed have developed from early childhood in different ways Men tend to view the world in terms of power and competition or in a hierarchy Women on
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