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Feminist Therapy

Feminist Therapy

Types of therapy are generally characterised and differentiated by reference to their theoretical perspectives on the one hand or their methodologies on the other. So psychoanalysis is differentiated from behavioural therapy by reference to the theory of the unconscious, or gestalt work from Rogerian counselling in terms of authentic dialogue versus unconditional positive regard.

Feminist therapy is different. Feminist practitioners can do and do come from any school of therapy and embrace all kinds of methods – from group trainings and one to one supportive coaching through to traditional transference focussed individual analysis. Instead they are united by a commitment to a common socio-political agenda, the struggle for gender equality, and the conviction that therapy can play a crucial role not only in achieving this but also, sadly, in its opposite, serving to reinforce traditional roles and power structures.

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