Women's Group Therapy: Creative Challenges and Options

Women's Group Therapy: Creative Challenges and Options

Women's Group Therapy: Creative Challenges and Options

Women's Group Therapy: Creative Challenges and Options

Synopsis

Through the use of group therapy sessions, conducted within a cognitive-behavioral framework, the author explores the cultural, social and parental influences on women's lives. In-depth case studies and transcripts from the sessions illustrate the women's actual step-by step process in examining such issues as: Self-determination Motherhood as fulfillment Consequences of a two-career family Divorce Infidelity Competitiveness among women Identifying sources of power within and outside oneself

Excerpt

The idea for this book came from the many female clients I have seen in psychotherapy and counseling over the years. The recurrent themes of searching and struggling that women experience in deciding on a life course, or changing their paths, or abdicating authority over their own destiny have impressed me again and again. And I have been equally impressed by the courage, resiliency, strength, talents, and competence women have demonstrated while engaged in the struggle.

There are reports about women who have been able to successfully combine fulfilling personal and professional lives, who seem to have it all. For that reason and to offset the impression gained from clients, I decided to involve and interview as many female volunteers from the community at large as possible.

There is no claim that the material discussed in the book is part of any structured research. The women who are described in this book are composites of White heterosexual females and are not representative of all women in the general population. Neither the volunteers nor the clients have been selected on a random basis. No attempt at statistical evaluation of the obtained information has been made. The purpose of this book is to give women a voice and to provide a sense that self-determination is a prerogative that needs to be pursued wisely. Although the book is intended for use by professionals and advanced students in the mental health field, I tried to avoid the use of professional jargon to make it accessible to readers not trained in psychology or counseling, without watering down theoretical or professional concepts. In writing this book, it has been my goal to make it readable and enjoyable for both professionals and lay persons.

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