Feminist Perspective on Dual
Part 8 outlines how the feminist perspective emphasizes connections as the basis of personal empowerment and almost mandates, when appropriate, a type of relationship in which the therapist must cross traditional boundaries and engage in authentic dual relationships with clients. In chapter 29, Greenspan provides a powerful critique of therapists as authoritative distanced experts and the misuse of the term “boundaries” to justify the culturally based, masculine bias in therapy. She emphasizes the importance of compassion, trust, and safe connection to facilitate healing. Next, Walker (chapter 30) presents a series of challenging vignettes in which boundary crossings by the therapist seem essential for the effective therapy with victims of domestic violence, abuse, and other traumas.