Women and Psychotherapy PDF

"A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform."

- Diane Mariechild

The changing times of the last decades, have seen women more empowered in their careers.  While the choice to pursue career, and professional development, with more equality to men, has been long over due, it has not come without it’s challenges.

"If we don’t change, we don’t grow.

If we don’t grow, we are not really living.

Growth demands a temporary surrender of security."

-Gail Sheehy

While these positive changes have given women more rights and more choice, it has also expanded the  roles that women now have, and this can cause stress for women.  Women now make up almost half the employment numbers nationally, which is greater than ever before – which can be a choice, or with the present day recession – a necessity.  The right to divorce in Ireland, and the respected right of women (by choice or necessity) to be single parents,  has brought about the huge increase in single parent families.  This huge responsibility can bring stress, and a feeling of isolation  for many women.  Women as single parents, often experience financial pressure to work outside the home, which then highlights the need for child care, and support,  The breakdown of the traditional ‘extended family’, has meant a decrease in outside support for the woman also.

"There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you."

-Maya Angelou

Psychotherapy can provide the space for women to explore their individual choices, and to look at the potential for positive change for themselves, and indirectly their families.  The woman either within a partnership, or in a single parent family, often finds herself diversifying her roles to accommodate the other members of the family, with little time or focus on her own individual needs.  This can lead to ill health and her emotional well being can also suffer.   Counselling/psychotherapy can provide a safe haven, to look at the individual woman’s needs, and to explore ways of having these needs met.  Women can be unaware of the many roles they fulfil – life partner, lover, career professional, daughter, sister, mother, carer, friend, confidant, financial manager,  emotional supporter, spiritual director, health and fitness director, cook, shopper – the list can be endless.  Psychotherapy can help the individual woman to realise her abilities and gifts, and can help her to reflect on how she can possibly better fulfil her life dreams, while perhaps learning to keep her own personal needs met.


"Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves.

We must learn to respect them.

We must learn to listen."

- Sarah Ban Breathnach


In the best interests of protecting the confidentiality of our clients, we do not write legal reports.  We can however offer a statement of attendance on request.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 December 2014 22:03

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