Psychotherapy with Women: Exploring Diverse Contexts and Identities

Psychotherapy with Women: Exploring Diverse Contexts and Identities

Psychotherapy with Women: Exploring Diverse Contexts and Identities

Psychotherapy with Women: Exploring Diverse Contexts and Identities

Synopsis

The contemporary successor to Marsha Pravder Mirkin's acclaimed Women in Context, this eminently practical clinical resource and text provides insights and interventions that have emerged out of decades of work on the psychology of women. All-new chapters from leading practitioners guide therapists to understand how gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, immigration status, religion, and other factors shape the experiences and identities of diverse women, and how to intervene effectively in the multiple contexts of clients' lives. Filled with vivid case material, the volume is uniquely structured to address family and relationship issues; work issues and career development; and health, spirituality, and self-care.

Excerpt

This second edition of Women in Context emerges from the impact of dramatically changing sociocultural systems on women's lives. Over 10 years ago, when the first edition of Women in Context was published, we lived in a different world. Our demographics have shifted so that the dominant white population is no longer the majority in this country (Hacker, 2003). Our understandings have become more complex and less compartmentalized to reflect our greater comprehension of the diversity of women in the United States as well as the many social changes experienced by these diverse women. For example, although women working outside the home has become an expected and unremarkable phenomenon in the last few decades, most of the scholarship on women in the workforce has investigated white, middle-class, married women or college students. However, the factors of class, sexual orientation, race, culture, disability, and so on, significantly impact the ways that women create balance between family and work and the meanings of the choices involved for each woman and her family. Lesbian marriages were only a dream 10 years ago, whereas now legal lesbian weddings take place in Massachusetts. Lesbian couples with adoptive or biological children (in contrast to those with children from previous heterosexual marriages) were practically unheard of 10 years ago, but now becoming more the norm. There are more interracial marriages, international adoptions, and upward and downward social mobility than ever before (Hacker, 2003). These shifts revise and revamp our understanding of the intersections of privilege and marginalization. Given the . . .

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