What Exactly Are “Women’s Issues”?
(and, why would I need therapy for women, specifically?)
“Women’s issues” is a tricky term because the issues female clients bring to counseling are as unique as the women themselves. There are lots of reasons women seek counseling.
- Relationship concerns and the fear of being alone
- Trauma from sexual abuse
- Pain resulting from grief and loss
- Identity issues
- Burn-out from caring for others
- Negative body image or disordered eating
- Boundary issues in relationships
- Excessive worry about other’s approval
- Avoiding confrontation
An important part of therapy for women is considering the role that gender plays in a woman’s pain. This includes recognizing sexism and gender socialization when treating a woman’s issues.
Counseling for women can help
Additionally, it can sometimes be hard for women to figure out who they are outside of their roles as partners or mothers. Roles can become rigid, making it hard to remember who you are and who you can be as a woman. Often, women can find meaning in places where they can focus on themselves. Especially in places where they can feel passion, creativity, and energy. Counseling for women often focuses on values clarification. For example, what is your purpose in life? How do you intentionally make decisions to create the life you want?
Therapy helps women understand their value
Self-care is a common topic among female clients in therapy. Therapy helps women say ‘no’ to what they do not want. Our skilled therapists teach women skills to respect themselves. We help women to ‘find their voice’. In therapy, we often role-play how to stand up for yourself and ask for what you want in relationships.
Therapy can help women to advocate for themselves. It can help women create the life they want for themselves, others and their families.
Counseling for Mothers
Although women can come to believe that motherhood will be a blissful and magical experience, it is often a lot harder than that. New moms can feel exhausted by daily tasks, isolated from friends who do not have children and lost trying to navigate new social norms. It is easy for mothers to become consumed with self-doubt.
Therapy is important self-care for Moms
It can be helpful to talk through the ways you can reorganize your life to redistribute family responsibilities. Therapy is a safe place to get support on how to effectively communicate your feelings, needs, and boundaries.
The New Connections Approach to Counseling for Women
Research indicates that the most important factor in the success of therapy is the strength of the therapeutic relationship. At New Connections Counseling Center we want to build this relationship on authentic connection and equality between therapist and client. A positive therapist-client relationship helps women discover and claim their unique identity and build on personal strengths to better their own lives and those of others. We pay attention to gender and the particular challenges that women face as a result of bias, stereotyping, oppression, and discrimination.
Therapy for women can help! Life is short. It’s not uncommon to wake up in the middle of a life and feel like you’re on autopilot. You might feel like you have no idea who you are anymore. Therapy can help you advocate for YOU.
Begin counseling for women in Baltimore, MD:
If you are looking for a therapist that understands a woman’s unique mental health needs we can help! Follow these simple steps to learn more about therapy for women at our counseling clinic in Baltimore, MD:
- Reach out to us using our appointment request form.
- Learn more about our therapists who specialize in women’s counseling.
- Learn how to advocate for yourself and find your voice!
Other services offered at New Connections Counseling Center
In addition to counseling for women, our compassionate therapists offer a variety of other counseling services at our Baltimore counseling clinic. Ultimately, our goal is not only to help you feel better but help you live better. Therefore, our counseling services include anxiety treatment, depression therapy, alcohol abuse treatment, grief and loss counsleing, counseling for life transitions, and therapy for college students, individual counseling for relationship issues, therapy for survivors of sexual assault, LGBTQ therapy, and therapy for men. Contact us to learn more about the many ways we can support you!
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